MANILA - The wife of GEMVER-1 captain Junel Insigne is supportive of the possible impeachment of President Rodrigo Duterte after the latter was mum to the Chinese vessels’ presence on Philippine waters and its recent atrocity left uninvestigated.
The president was insensitively frank to say that he will not stop Chinese poachers from fishing in the Philippines' exclusive economic zone.
Based on ABS-CBN reports, Lanie Insigne said she was irked to hear the President's statement defending Chinese poachers who intrude into Philippine waters, instead of being understanding and should have open an investigation.
"Parang wala nang karapatan ang Pilipinas doon. Parang Chinese na lang ang sinusundan niya. Naiinis ako kanina, nanonood ako ng TV. Sabi ko, maigi pa ngang ma-impeach 'yan," she said.
On June 9, Junel Insigne and his crew were left out at sea after their boat was hit by a Chinese vessel on the waters off Recto Bank (Reed Bank). Recto Bank is within the Philippines’ 200-nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone – a guarantee to the country’s exclusive rights to the natural resources in the area.
The fallen 22 Filipino fishermen were rescued by a Vietnamese later.
The Chinese Embassy in Manila earlier denied that the Chinese vessel's crew abandoned the Filipinos at sea after ramming the GEMVER-1. It said the Chinese captain attempted to rescue the Filipino fishermen but was "afraid of being besieged by other Filipino fishing boats."
The Duterte administration however, seemingly echoed the Chinese diplomat’s statements, considering it as a ‘normal maritime accident.’
The President said that China will not allow itself to be prevented to fish even inside the Philippines' EEZ.
"I’m sorry, but that is how it is,” Duterte said, addressing the 22 Filipino fishermen directly.
"Para sa kanila, sa China, it happened within their jurisdiction, sa atin within our jurisdiction because we have two conflicting claims of ownership."
With one woman voicing out her dismay to Duterte’s toothless will and defense for the fallen fishermen and the country’s sovereignty, the president is now losing more of his reputation.
The chief executive has been highly criticized of his harsh rape jokes on women, and even his sexist attitude.
In light of the impeachment, Malacañang is complacent that any impeachment case filed in the congress will not result successfully. Presidential spokeperson Salvador Panelo implied that most in the congress are administration’s allies. He said, “It’s a number’s game.”