Reuters could not independently verify the Philippine account of the collision.
The Philippines on Wednesday denounced the crew of a Chinese fishing boat that collided with a Philippine vessel and left 22 Filipino fishermen abandoned in the disputed South China Sea.
The incident occured on June 9, which happened to be the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day.
The Filipino fishing boat GIMVER was anchored at the time when it was hit by the Chinese vessel.
Philippines' Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. arrives for a Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) at the European Council in Brussels on October 18, 2018. "This is our fight and in the end ours alone", he said on Twitter, in response to a tweet calling for a multilateral approach. Antonio Trillanes IV that an independent investigation be conducted by the International Maritime Organization, a United Nations agency. Salvador Panelo, spokesman to President Rodrigo Duterte, had even harsher words for China.
"If the action taken by China on this incident is unsatisfactory - if they ignore or downplay it - we can expect it will be repeated in the future", he said.
The sinking is a delicate development in the long-contested South China Sea, which is seen as a potential flashpoint in Asian relations. Tensions escalated after China converted seven disputed reefs into islands which can serve as forward military bases and intimidate rival claimant states in the strategic waterway, where USA forces undertake "freedom of navigation" patrols.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana on Wednesday said 22 Filipino fishermen were left at sea after the Chinese vessel that hit their boat left them.
According to the crew, after six hours, a Vietnamese vessel found and rescued all 22 of them.
Asked if he would recommend any action against China, the defense chief told The Associated Press on Thursday, "A strongly worded diplomatic protest is in order".
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"Whether it's a form of bullying or not, it's outrageous, it's barbaric, it's uncivilized and we're condemning it", Panelo said.
Lorenzana expressed gratitude for the quick actions taken by the Vietnamese vessel in responding to the distress calls of the Filipino fishermen who were floating in the rough waters of Recto Bank.
Citing information provided by the Philippines, Geng described the sinking as "an ordinary maritime traffic accident" and criticized assumptions made about it.
Global law ignored Vice Adm. Robert Empedrad, Philippine Navy flag officer in command, on Thursday also added his voice to those criticizing the Chinese vessel's actions.
Lorenzana thanked the Vietnamese crew for saving the Filipinos.
The government earlier protested the swarming of Chinese vessels around Philippine-occupied Pag-asa Island and Chinese fishermen's harvesting of giant clams, locally known as taklobos, in Scarborough Shoal.
An global tribunal in The Hague ruled in 2016 that it was in the country's exclusive economic zone. But the Philippines has suspended oil and gas exploration in the area due to past Chinese protests.
The Philippines' top diplomat is not interested in support from the global community when it comes to the dispute with China over the sinking of a boat in disputed waters of the South China Sea.
China has long demanded that the Philippines remove the rusting navy ship which Filipino marines use as an outpost, but the Philippines has refused.