Gary Alejano says Pinoy fishermen ‘victimized twice over’

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As if China’s bullying wasn’t enough, here comes emissaries of the Duterte administration making life worse for them.

Magdalo Party-list Rep. Gary Alejano went in to defend the emerging confusion of the 22 Filipino fishermen who nearly died at sea after a Chinese rammed and sunk their boat and left them swimming for their lives near Recto Bank.

The politiko offered an explanation as to why the fishermen are suddenly unsure about whether the Chinese rammed their boats or it was an accident. After all, they’ve been gaslighted by being forced to recount the story over and over again. The latest one was with Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol.

“Let us not condemn the fishermen in changing tune regarding the Reed Bank incident. Matindi ang pressure sa kanila. Grabeng bantay sa kanila. They are just ordinary fishermen with few options to take. They are actually victimized twice over, by the Chinese & by our own government,” Alejano said.

“All they want is justice, compensation and care… If it takes to somehow change tone just to restore their simple and peaceful life, I guess they will do it. ‘Para tapos na,’” he added.

Are they really being fed answers which the administration wants to hear?