MANILA - Several celebrities took to social media to share their opinion about the ship-ramming incident in the West Philippine Sea that sunk a Filipino fishing boat and abandoned fishermen in open waters.
Enchong Dee, for one, said: “Ang liit ng tingin sa 'tin ng ibang bansa, mas liliit pa 'yan 'pag hinayaan nating manahimik para sa mangingisda natin laban sa mga bully.”
Bianca Gonzalez, on the other hand, is hoping justice could be served to the Filipino fishermen after what happened.
Meanwhile, Ethel Booba left a cryptic post on Twitter saying: “You don't have to go down in history as a clam defender, you can go down as a hero. A hero who defended and fought for our sovereignty and the rights of our fishermen.”
As for Jasmine Curtis-Smith, she could not hide her frustration over a statement made by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi but said she will continue praying for the Philippines.
Twenty-two Filipino fishermen were left at sea by a Chinese crew that rammed their fishing boat anchored at the Recto (Reed) Bank off Palawan last June 9. The Filipinos were later rescued by a Vietnamese fishing vessel.
The incident, which has sparked uproar, prompted the Philippines to file a "strongly-worded" diplomatic protest even as it awaits the results of China's investigation into the incident.
President Rodrigo Duterte dismissed the sinking as just "a maritime incident."