MANILA, Philippines — Senator Risa Hontiveros on Tuesday said the government should not make light of the collision between a Philippine fishing boat and a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship off the coast of Occidental Mindoro last June 28.
“Fourteen of our Filipino fishermen are missing… We shouldn’t soft-pedal these incidents when we know this is not the first time that Chinese vessels have put Filipinos in danger,” Hontiveros said in a statement, alluding to the Gem-Ver 1 sinking in June last year.
“Are we going to let another Chinese vessel get away with committing a ‘hit-and-run’ against Filipinos inside our territorial waters?” she added.
On Monday, Malacaang said the incide…
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