Fil-Chinese biz group provide assistance to Recto Bank fishermen

On Friday, a group of Filipino-Chinese businessmen donated P1.2 million for the rehabilitation of the F/B Gem-Vir 1, the fishing boat reportedly rammed by a Chinese vessel in Recto Bank.
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Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII) officials led by its president, Henry Lim Bon Liong, personally handed over the donation to the fishermen in Quezon City.

Kami sa FFCCCII ay magbibigay ng P1.2 milyong piso para sa kumpletong rehabilitasyon ng kanilang nasirang bangkang pangisda,” Bon Liong said during a press conference.



Bon Liong also said that they will donate P250,000 as livelihood assistance to the 22 Filipino fishermen.

We express our sincere concern for their welfare and our solidarity with them,” Bon Liong said.

In an ambush interview, Bon Liong said their gesture of their group should not be politicized.

Read: Fil-Chinese biz group president: Recto Bank incident not a big issue in China

"Walang strings attached ito. Baka akala niyo may strings attached ha? No strings attached ito," he said.

"Kaya walang kulay ito ha, kusang loob ng mga nasa Federation," Bon Liong said.

Meanwhile, the boat owner Felix Dela Torre and boat captain Junel Insigne expressed gratitude for the assistance given by the group. They read a prepared statement during the press briefing.

"Kaming 22 mangingisda ay nagpapasalamat sa FFCCCII para sa inyong tulong sa amin at sa aming mga pamilya. Ang krisis na ito ay talagang nakakaapekto sa aming pangaraw-araw na kabuhayan at sa aming kinabukasan," Insigne said.



Insigne said the repair of the damaged boat would take four months.

Meanwhile, Dela Torre said the assistance of the group gives them hope to rise again from the crisis.

"Sa panahon po ng krisis natin, nalalaman kung sino ang ating tunay na kaibigan, ang inyong napapanahon na tulong ay ganap na mapapaayos na rin ang aming bangka," Dela Torre said.


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