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Ping: Leader to leader talk needed after Chinese boat sinks PH vessel, abandons Pinoy fishers in WPS

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Nothing less than a leader-to-leader talk between the Philippines and China is warranted, following the reported sinking of a Philippine fishing vessel by a Chinese boat earlier this month.

Sen. Panfilo Lacson stressed this late Wednesday after the Department of National Defense released initial details about the incident.

“This incident calls for a leader-to-leader talk. As I said, nothing short of a serious punitive action by the Chinese government against those responsible can convince us of a real friendly relationship between our peoples,” Lacson said in a statement.

“We don’t treat our friends like that and we don’t expect to be treated that way either,” he added.

Lacson branded the incident – where the crew of a Chinese vessel reportedly fled after colliding with the Filipino boat and causing it to sink – as a “cowardly act” against Filipino fishermen.

Initial reports indicated the incident occurred near Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea last June 9.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana condemned the action of the Chinese vessel, for immediately leaving behind the 22 Filipino crewmen.

Crew from a passing Vietnamese vessel rescued the 22 Filipino fishermen.

“Nothing short of a hard and serious punitive action by the Chinese leadership against the Chinese crew responsible for the cowardly act against our fishermen could assuage the majority of our countrymen’s strong apprehension about the sincerity of China towards us,” Lacson said.

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