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Locsin says he has filed diplomatic protest over sinking of PH vessel

June 13, 2019 - Thursday 3:06 PM by Jon Joaquin

Article Banner Image Activists burn a mock Chinese flag with a map of the South China sea during a protest in front of the Chinese consulate in Manila on June 12, 2019, against the Asian superpower's growing sway in the Philippines and as tensions rise over Beijing's presence in the disputed South China sea. TED ALJIBE / AFP

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Thursday said he had already filed a diplomatic protest with China over the sinking of a Philippine fishing vessel when it was hit by a Chinese fishing vessel in Recto Bank (Reed Bank) in the West Philippine Sea on Tuesday night.

"I fired off a diplomatic protest yesterday," Locsin said Thursday on his official Twitter account.

He provided no details on the protest. The Department of Foreign Affairs has also not given any details as of this posting.

In a previous tweet, Locsin said what happened was not a collision but an "allision" -- the running of one ship upon another ship that is stationary.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana had earlier denounced the actions of the crew of the Chinese fishing vessel which had quickly fled after allegedly colliding with and sinking a Filipino fishing boat near Recto Bank on the night of June 9, leaving the 22 crew floundering in the water.

Lorenzana, in a statement on Wednesday, said a Vietnamese fishing vessel, which was in the vicinity, rescued all 22 fishermen and brought them to safety in coordination with the military's Western Command.

He said the BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16), which was conducting routine maritime patrol in the area was ordered to assist in the salvage of the stricken Filipino fishing vessel and its crew.

Read: Lacson calls for PH-China 'leader-to-leader' talk on sinking of PH vessel