It is now perfectly clear that Duterte and his allies desperately attempted to bend the narrative and then shift the blame over our poor fishermen who barely escaped with their lives if it were not for the nearby Vietnamese vessel who rescued them, they could have been left exposed to the elements or worst starve and drown. Perhaps, we wouldn’t have known what could have happened to them and much of the Duterte traitors and Kool-Aid suckers would make up a narrative squarely blaming the fishermen. Worst, we wouldn’t even know who rammed their ship in the first place.
“It’s clear in the report that the Chinese vessel hit Gem-Ver in calm sea and there was no difficulty seeing things,” Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate (Bayan Muna)
According to a joint investigation of MARINA and PCG that it was the failure of the Chinese vessel to take appropriate evasive maneuvers as well as failure to rescue the crew of the rammed and sunk vessel MV Gem Ver which is a direct violation of Regulation 33 of SOLAS 74.
“The master of a ship at sea which is in a position to be able to provide assistance on receiving information from any source that persons are in distress at sea, is bound to proceed with all speed to their assistance,”
“This obligation to provide assistance applies regardless of the nationality or status of such persons or the circumstances in which they are found,”
Under SOLAS, if the ship is unable to help the distressed party or considers it unreasonable or unnecessary, the master should have indicated in the ship’s logbook their reason for not providing assistance. They should have also informed the appropriate search and rescue service, according to the international convention.
Here’s the full embedded report below:
PCG-Marina Report on Recto … by on Scribd
“Our countrymen were left to die in the sea, and yet Malacañang is protecting China,” (Bayan-Muna Rep. Eufemia Cullamat)
Such sorry plight of our fishermen in the high-seas are a grave cause of concern owing the fact that this may result to more accidents in the future as Chinese fishing vessels overwhelm their Filipino counterparts within our own Exclusive Economic Zone.
The funny thing is that this same report also blames the Filipino fishermen for having no lookouts. Which states that the fishermen violated Rule 5 of the COLREG 72 (COLREG 72 refers to the Collision Regulations or Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972.)
However, this was not the case since the cook was already awake and caught sight of the incoming ship. According to witness accounts that they tried to move the ship as fast they can but it was too late. Also, the crew left their ship lights on to indicate their position and presence in the area to any passing ships whilst anchored. Under the same rules which penalizes the Filipino fishermen, it also added that any display of anchor light and white flashing light is in compliance [with] Rule 30 of Collision Regulation (COLREG 72).
Daplis lang?! Duterte and friends along with its well-oiled propaganda machine revved up to protect China
So it has become clear that the Chinese vessel was to blame for the incident and that the Philippines must file a case so China would be required to pay up the damages and reparations for their atrocities. This must not be tolerated as the eyes of the world were all upon us. If we fail to protect our fishermen in the high-seas. God knows what more atrocities can these Chinese vessels commit against Filipino fishing vessels in the area.
The President himself was silent for days after incident barely even reacting or releasing a televised statement about it. And then on one of his speeches – he mentioned that this was to be simply a ”minor maritime accident” which clearly the report says it’s not.
“The MSIT came to the assessment that the incident is considered a serious marine casualty (SMC) due [to] total damage of property,” The assessment was based on the Code of the International Standards and Recommended Practices for Safety Investigation into a Marine Casualty or Marine Incident.