Lacson: Incident near Recto Bank in W. PHL Sea calls for “leader-to-leader talk”

(Eagle News)–The sinking of a Filipino boat after it collided with a Chinese vessel near Recto Bank in the West Philippine Sea, and the abandonment of the Chinese crew of the Filipino fishermen calls for a “leader-to-leader talk.”

According to Senator Panfilo Lacson, we, after all, “don’t treat our friends like that and we don’t expect to be treated that way either.”

“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,” he added.

He 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.”

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said  F/B GIMVER 1 was anchored when the Chinese vessel hit it on June 9.

The Chinese vessel abandoned the 22 Filipino fishermen, who were rescued instead by a Vietnamese vessel.