PH authorities done with probe on Reed Bank incident, but Tugade mum on findings

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 22 2019 07:38 PM | Updated as of Jun 22 2019 09:41 PM

Philippine authorities are done with their investigation into the Reed Bank incident involving a Chinese ship and a Filipino boat (pictured), Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said on Saturday. Department of Agriculture via AP

MANILA—Philippine maritime authorities have finished their investigation into the Reed Bank incident involving a Chinese ship and a Filipino boat, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade said on Saturday.

Tugade said the report was submitted to the Office of the President on Thursday.

But the secretary refused to reveal the findings of the investigation by the Philippine Coast Guard and the Maritime Industry Authority.

“We will wait for the people to whom the report has been submitted to appreciate the report before we disclose anything,” Tugade told reporters on the sidelines of President Duterte’s meeting with Thailand business leaders in Bangkok.

Tugade also declined to comment when asked whether Philippine authorities were able to get the side of Chinese fishermen involved in the incident.

He made the announcement after President Rodrigo Duterte said he wants to form a joint probe with China.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. earlier rejected the proposal of a joint probe, saying the two nations will conduct their own respective investigations.

A Filipino vessel sank after it was hit by a Chinese boat in the disputed waters of Reed Bank on June 9. The Chinese left the scene and 22 Filipino fishermen were rescued by a Vietnamese boat. —Report from Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News