Nananadya! Sinking of PH vessel by Chinese ship ain’t an accident
By James Hernandez
Supreme Court (SC) Justice Antonio Carpio believes that it was no accident that Filipino fishing vessel F/B Gimver 1 got rammed at Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea.
Because of this, Carpio called on Filipinos to “take a strong stand against this latest aggressive act of China.”
“The Filipino people must demand from China compensation for the owner of F/B Gimver 1, and punishment for the captain and crew of the Chinese vessel that rammed in hit-and-run fashion F/B Gimver 1,” he said in a statement.
“The Filipino people must send a strong signal to China that any new ‘grey zone’ offensive of ramming Filipino fishing vessels in the West Philippine Sea will mean a break of diplomatic ties with China,” he added.
Carpio explained that the incident in Recto Bank could be a sign that China has begun a “grey zone” offensive meant to “drive away Filipino fishing vessels in the West Philippine Sea, in the same way that China is driving away Vietnamese fishing vessels in the Paracels.”
“China’s maritime militia vessels have been ramming Vietnamese vessels in the Paracels for several years now. This is the first time that a Chinese maritime militia vessel has rammed a Filipino fishing vessel,” he noted.
Carpio explained the Chinese maritime militias are “trained, equipped and organized by the Navy of the PLA (People’s Liberation Army).”
“While at sea, Chinese maritime militia vessels are under the chain of command of the PLA. They are equipped with satellite radio communications and can communicate at any time with their local PLA commanders,” he noted.
He noted China’s maritime militia vessels have “reinforced steel hulls purposely for ramming fishing vessels of other coastal states.”
“No other coastal state has fishing vessels purposely designed for ramming other fishing vessels. Captains of ordinary Chinese fishing vessels do not engage in ramming for fear of inflicting damage to their own vessels,” he stated.