Radio personality tells PRRD to get to the bottom of sinking of PH fishing vessel, says behavior of DND Chief, Navy official, mainstream media “quite disturbing” in open letter

PRRD is set to meet his Cabinet officials today, June 17 2019 PH boat sinking to study on the issue.

In light of this information, radio personality Mark Lopez wanted to reach out to PRRD prior to the meeting via an open letter on social media, perhaps to give the President as many angles as possible regarding the issue.

The radio personality and blogger Mark Lopez started the open letter by declaring he found the demeanor of PRRD’s officials “quite disturbing”.

Lopez titled the FB post “MALANSA” or slimy in English, apparently an apt description of the behavior of some of the officials of the Duterte Cabinet playing a central role in the Recto Bank fiasco.

Lopez went on to expound how he arrived with the conclusion that PRRD’s officials deserved such adjective.

First, Lopez found the timing of the announcement of DND Secretary very suspicious. Lopez said that the incident happened on June 9 but Lorenzana broke the news on June 12, the country’s celebration of the Independence Day.

Second, Lopez found Lorenzana’s initial statement very emphatic, designed to worry or enrage the public. In addition, Lorenzana already concluded a Chinese vessel did it and denounced the Chinese using strong terms only to backtracked what he said previously and said they were still ascertaining if indeed it was the Chinese.

While the facts were still being gathered and the Chinese were still in quandary and unsure of what to say, Phil Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad stressed a Chinese vessel rammed the Filipino Fishing boat. (Photo 2)

In other words, Lopez accused two of PRRD’s key officers echoing each other in making it appear that the Chinese side is engaged in provocation. Even if the facts are really not yet clearly established.

Another curious development Lopez raised was the involvement of the Navy.

As per news report, the Philippine Navy first made contact with the MV Gem-Ver crew via the Vietnamese vessel which rescued the distressed fishermen.

Lopez echoed the issue raised earlier by journalist Jay Sonza on his FB commentary on the issue, why the Navy and not the Phil Coast Guard, considering that those involved were not even military vessels?

Lopez also urged the President to pay attention to the ready media barrage and spin surrounding the incident and asked questions like, “How is it that the media were immediately alerted, and were spinning stories of Chinese aggression?”

In addition, Lopez asked the President to “look at how Rappler reporter Rambo Talabong describes the incident (Photo 3) – provocative words like “attacked” and “assault” were used. Attacked?!!! Assault?!!!”

Lopez also wondered “how come the New York Times already has a conclusion by June 13, with its banner “Sinking of Philippine Boat…?” (Photo 4).”

And finally, Lopez called the attention of PRRD regarding this US-sponsored and self proclaimed geopolitical analyst Richard Foronda Heydarian acting as agent provocateur, and using misleading material to agitate and incite our people (Photo 5).

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You may start reading now Mark Lopez full FB post below.

MALANSA

Dear President Rody Duterte

As one who has been keenly following the developments regarding that vessel collision near Recto Bank, am quite disturbed with the demeanor of some of your officials.

Allow me to expound Sir.

The said incident supposedly happened June 9.

But the first report came out via a June 12 press con called by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

And this is one of the disturbing thoughts – Why June 12? Why did Lorenzana timed it during a significant day when we were commemorating our Independence Day?

Also, the initial statement of Lorenzana (Photo 1) was very emphatic for us to be worrisome and enraged. He was so sure it was a Chinese vessel, and he already denounced the actions of the Chinese in very strong terms.

But a day after, he backtracked and said that they are still ascertaining whether it was indeed a Chinese vessel.

So two issues with Lorenzana – timing of the release of the report, and his prepared statement of condemnation and call for diplomatic steps.

Then as facts are still being established, and with China still in a quandary as to what it wants to say, here is Phil Navy chief Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad stressing that the Chinese vessel rammed the Filipino Fishing boat. (Photo 2)

So you have two of your key officers echoing each other in making it appear that the Chinese side is engaged in provocation. Even if the facts are really not yet clearly established.

Then a curious development – one story emerged that it was the Philippine Navy which first made contact with the MV Gem-Ver crew via the Vietnamese vessel which rescued the distressed fishermen.

As journalist Jay sonza raised, why the Navy and not the Phil Coast Guard, considering that those involved were not even military vessels?

And then this ready media barrage and spin?
How is it that the media were immediately alerted, and were spinning stories of Chinese aggression?

Look at how Rappler reporter Rambo Talabong describes the incident (Photo 3) – provocative words like “attacked” and “assault” were used. Attacked?!!! Assault?!!!

And how come the New York Times already has a conclusion by June 13, with its banner “Sinking of Philippine Boat…?” (Photo 4)

Then you have this US-sponsored and self proclaimed geopolitical analyst Richard Foronda Heydarian acting as agent provocateur, and using misleading material to agitate and incite our people (Photo 5).

Finally Mr. President, we tried to raise this issue that a similar incident happened in June of 2012, and it was even worse as one Filipino fisherman died.

Then President Aquino was faced with the same quandary as you with the absence of clearly established facts. Yet there was no outrage, no noise and clamor for blood and war from civil society, and no media hype and sensationalism like what we are being rammed with now.

It’s quite perplexing Sir, that the initial story was that the fishing boat was assaulted and sunk, yet how come it re-surfaced and made it ashore in Mindoro? (Photo 6)

And how is it that the owner of the MV Gem-Ver is also playing along with the Sinophobia card, complete with tears, while under the glare of cameras, mics and camcorders of readily on site media personnel? What’s with that?

I understand Mr President that you are calling for a meeting regarding this issue.

Perhaps you may want to call on the crew of the MV Gem-Ver and talk to them directly.

Am certain you are determined to get to the bottom of this.

And so are we.

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