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Philippines refuses to apologise as fisherman's body returns to Taiwan

Manila refuses to apologise over fatal shootingof crew member by Philippine coastguard vessel

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 11 May, 2013, 4:38pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 12 May, 2013, 6:13am

A fishing trawler that was fired on by the Philippines' coastguard limped back to Taiwan yesterday, riddled with more than 50 bullet holes and carrying the body of a 65-year-old crew member.

However, Manila refused to apologise to Taipei, saying the incident happened when the coast-guard vessel acted in self-defence to avoid being rammed while tackling "illegal fishing".

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday the island would not rule out possible sanctions against Manila.

"We will seek justice for our fisherman. We will not rule out the possibility of taking any kind of sanctions [against the Philippines]," Ma said while inspecting a coastguard drill in central Taiwan. "The Philippines shot an unarmed fishing boat.

"This was a brutal and cold-blooded act," he added.

Ma reiterated Taipei's demand for Manila to apologise, apprehend the killer and offer compensation.

Some Taiwanese lawmakers urged the government to freeze the hiring of Philippine workers in protest at the shooting.

Manila admitted on Friday that its coastguard had fired on a Taiwanese trawler the previous day, but said the action took place inside its own territorial waters and that it had no idea it had killed 65-year-old Hung Shih-cheng, one of four crew members aboard.

Taiwanese investigators counted 52 bullet holes on the boat, while it was confirmed that Hung had died after being shot in the neck. The trawler came under fire from heavy machine guns, Taipei's official Central News Agency reported.

Abigail Valte, a spokeswoman for Philippine President Benigno Aquino, and coastguard chief Rear Admiral Rodolfo Isorena said in Manila that their patrol boat "was forced to fire the shots because the [Taiwanese] fishing vessel attempted to ram them".

However, this was denied by the victim's son and trawler captain, Hung Yu-chih, who said the Philippine vessel opened fire without warning.

Additional reporting by Associated Press


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You are confusing Taiwan with mainland China.
its a bad day for both countries..who wants this kind of scene.? the taiwan vessel shouldn`t crossed the border of other countries:(
Philippine Government's ignorant arrogance costs everybody dearly.
Kind'f asinine comment, to suggest other countries to stop hiring domestic workers form the Philippines. For one these folks doing the domestic work have nothing to do with Pinoy policy, military/gov corruption. They are simple people trying to make a living for their family, not making decisions in the gov/police force/military. Yes Pinoyville is rampant with corruption, much illegal fishing within their own borders but to punish the simple folks of the Philippines is just plain asinine. Got to hit them where it hurts the gov/military as opposed to the simple folks.
Hmmm...did anyone get jailed over the Rizal Park hostage incident? You guys are a joke. All you do is try and find flaws in the counter-party but you're incapable of acknowledging the flaws of your own countrymen. Are you sick?
That's what i've read. I didn't say anything that we're very successful. My auntie is working in Taiwan as maid and yeah i'm currently in highschool. But if being a university degree holder would be just like you, nah. My mom taught me not to be rude. Why so mad at me i only made my personal comment here and it doesn't represent my people. In this world you can't get words that you only want to hear.
You're a ****
Why would the Philippines coastguard be patrolling waters outside their exclusive economic zone? Unlike China and Taiwan the Philippines does not make outrageous territorial claims with no basis in international law. If your band around insults you should be careful not to say moronic things yourself.
What does that have to do with Taiwan? You're not a sharp tool are you?
Taiwan's claim is even bigger than China's. They also claim the entire country of Mongolia as their territory, they are not good at admitting their errors.



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