PCG report enough to sue Chinese perpetrators – fishers group
Manila, Philippines – The partial report of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) which reveals that the Chinese crew of the Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship MV Vienna Wood N did not make any active action or effort to rescue the 14 Filipino fishing crew of the capsized fishing vessel is enough to sue the Chinese perpetrators with criminal and civil charges, according to the progressive fishers group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA).
14 Filipino fishing crew are still missing for two days now after their fishing vessel, the Liberty 5, was rammed by the MV Vienna Wood N, a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship, on the midnight of June 27.
In a statement, PAMALAKAYA National Chairperson Fernando Hicap said that “the initial report of the PCG was sufficient enough to hold the Chinese perpetrators accountable for endangering the lives of Filipino fishing crew.”
“The PCG report says it all; despite the ship being in compliant with the navigational standards and capable of rescuing the 14 fishing crews, they left the helpless fishers to uncertainties,” Hicap said.
The fisherfolk group slated Malacañang for downplaying the maritime tragedy as “banggan lang” amid precedence and abandonment of the welfare of the victims of Chinese ramming of F/B Gem-ver 1 in June last year. ###
Photos from PCG.