MANILA- The Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FFCCCI) extended financial assistance to the 22 Filipino fishermen abandoned by a Chinese crew that sunk their boat near Recto (Reed) Bank.
The group gave P250,000 and 50 sacks of rice to the fishermen and their families.
Another P1.2 million will be given for the repair of the damaged boat, F/B GEM-VER1.
Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong, president of the federation, meanwhile, refused to comment on the allision, except to say that they would leave the investigation to authorities.
The Filipino fishermen were left at sea by the Chinese crew last June 9 after the vessel rammed the locals' fishing boat GEM-VER1. A Vietnamese vessel rescued the Filipinos.
The incident, which has generated controversy, has been described by President Rodrigo Duterte simply as an ordinary "maritime incident," saying the Filipino boat was only "sideswiped."
The Philippines and China have agreed to conduct a joint investigation into the incident even as critics cast doubt on the would-be results.
-with a report from Raya Capulong, ABS-CBN News