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Crew of grounded Chinese fishing vessel should be investigated -- DND


While criminal charges are now filed against the 12 crewmen of the grounded Chinese fishing ship which ran aground off Tubbataha Reef Monday night, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Voltaire Gazmin on Friday said the Philippine intelligence community must investigate to determine whether they are spies in disguise. "The intelligence community must look into this case to determine whether these Chinese fishermen are really what they are or whether they are spies in disguise," he added.

The DND chief added that this is very logical as the area is restricted to fishing as a maritime sanctuary. Gazmin said that investigations must also determine whether the grounding was accidental or mishap. He added that the grounding of the Chinese fishing vessel is very uncanny considering that the Americans have just removed the ill-fated USS Guardian last March 30. The US minesweeper ran aground off Tubbataha Reef last Jan. 17.

Philippines News agency