SPEAKER Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez has joined President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. in expressing the nation’s profound sorrow over the tragic incident near Bajo de Masinloc, which claimed the lives of three Filipino fishermen last Monday.
“President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has rightly and deeply expressed the nation’s collective sorrow over the tragic incident near Bajo de Masinloc, where we lost three of our countrymen, including the vessel’s captain,” Romualdez said in a statement.
For Romualdez, these fishermen represent the heart of the nation, braving the seas daily to provide for their families and that their sudden loss has left a void that reverberates across the country.
The House leader acknowledged the government’s swift response, noting that the President has given the assurance that the Philippine Coast Guard is deploying every resource to uncover the truth, “rigorously backtracking and scrutinizing all vessels that were in the vicinity at the time.”
He then expressed his full support for the President and urged for patience and understanding during this difficult period.
“While the President has taken the lead in these challenging times, as Speaker of the House, I stand firmly behind him, echoing the call for patience and understanding. It is paramount that we, as a nation, trust our institutions and refrain from speculating, ensuring the investigation proceeds without hindrance,” the Speaker said.
Recognizing the urgent needs of the grieving families, Romualdez urged government agencies to take prompt action.
To assist the bereaved families during their time of grief, Romualdez has advised all government agencies concerned to reach out to them immediately and extend financial support, counseling services, and legal assistance.