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Rep. Sato backs Mindoreño fishermen as as she calls for ‘impartial’ inquiry

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Occidental Mindoro Rep. Josephine Ramirez Sato has expressed her support to the 22 Mindoreño fishrermen whose boat were rammed by Chinese vessel off the waters of Reed Bank.

Sato said that they are protecting the interests of the fishermen as she called on for an “impartial marine inquiry.”

“Buo ang ating suporta sa aming mga mangingisda, kaya’t kasama po nila kami sa paghiling na magkaroon, sa lalong madaling panahon, ng impartial marine inquiry,” said the solon.

“Ang pinoprotektahan natin dito ay ang interes ng aming mga mangingisda at interes po ng ating bansa,” she added.

Sato also emphasized the the Reed Bank be exclusively reserved for Filipino fishermen.

“Ang Recto Bank ay Exclusive Economic Zone ng Pilipinas, dapat iyan ay reserved para sa ating mga mangingisda at sa ating mga kababayan” she said.

Meanwhile, the 22 crewmen of F/B Gem-Ver received livelihood assistance from DA-BFAR yesterday.

The assistance included fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) boats, bottom-set gill nets, hook and lines, life vests and a sack of rice.

The distribution was led by DA Sec. Manny Piñol, Usec. Eduardo B. Gongona and Regional Director Elizer S. Salilig today at the San Jose Town Plaza, Occidental Mindoro.