Coast Guard

Investigators call for coastguard to face charges

Leila de Lima. Photo: EPA

Philippine investigators said yesterday they had recommended criminal charges be filed against coastguards involved in the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman in disputed waters.

Friday, 14 June, 2013, 4:50am

Taipei releases satellite record of fishing boat route, refuting Manila’s claim

Chen Ming-tang, deputy minister of Taiwan's Justice Ministry, holds a picture showing a bullet found in the fishing vessel after it was attacked by Philippine coastguards during a press conference in Taipei on Sunday. Photo: AFP

Taiwan on Tuesday released a satellite record of the route of a fishing boat fired on by Philippine coastguards, flatly rejecting Manila’s allegations that the boat intruded into Philippine waters.

The killing of crew member Hung Shih-cheng, 65, sparked outrage in Taiwan, which has announced a series of economic sanctions against the Philippines.

21 May 2013 - 6:08pm 6 comments

Taiwanese investigators quit shooting probe, calling Philippine officials 'dishonest'

Chen Wen-chi, a senior justice ministry official, shows a letter from a Philippine official welcoming Taiwan to join investigation. Photo: AFP

The 17 Taiwan investigators, led by Chen Wen-chi, a senior justice ministry official, returned to Taipei yesterday empty-handed a day after arriving in Manila for what was originally meant to be a joint investigation over whether the coastguard intentionally killed the fisherman aboard an unarmed Taiwanese fishing boat.

19 May 2013 - 6:12am 2 comments

Taiwan's reaction to killing of fisherman is out of proportion

Taiwan's investigation team reports on the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine coast guard. Photo: AP

Now it's Taiwan's turn to show some nationalist anger, and its target is the Philippines. Behind the outrage over the death of a fisherman lies suspicion of a Han chauvinism that can only exacerbate the tensions between China and its southern, non-Chinese neighbours.

19 May 2013 - 3:55am 36 comments

Taiwanese fishermen burn Filipino flags in protest over shooting

Angry Taiwanese fishermen set fire to Filipino flags during a protest in Taipei on Monday against the shooting to death of a local fisherman by Philippine coastguards. Photo: AFP

Angry Taiwanese fishermen burned Filipino flags in protest on Monday after the Philippine coastguard fired on a Taiwan fishing boat killing a crew member.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino called for calm as tensions escalated between the two countries over last week’s incident in which the 65-year-old fisherman was shot dead.

13 May 2013 - 7:13pm 4 comments

Taiwan steps up naval patrols after Philippines fires on fishing vessel

A Taiwanese coastguard official waves his cap as a fleet of naval and coast guard frigates sets sail from Kaohsiung. Photo: AFP

Taiwan sent four coastguard and naval vessels to strengthen patrols in waters near the Philippines yesterday following public outrage over the shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by Filipino coastguards.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

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

Relatives of Hung Shih-cheng, a crew member on Taiwanese fishing boat Guang Ta Hsin 28, grieve over his body at Liuqiu harbour in Taiwan's southern Pingtung county yesterday. He was shot dead by the Philippine coastguard on Thursday. Photo: AFP

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.

12 May 2013 - 6:13am 50 comments

Chinese fisherman's 23-year sentence upheld by Seoul court

Cheng Dawei is escorted by South Korean police guards.

The Supreme Court of South Korea has rejected an appeal by prosecutors and upheld the 23-year prison sentence for a Chinese fisherman who killed a Korean coastguard last year.

14 Dec 2012 - 3:59am

Briefs, December 4, 2012

Pope Benedict opens Twitter account. Photo: AP

Colombian leftist rebels faced a new deadline for striking a peace deal with the government after President Juan Manuel Santos warned they have until November to reach a negotiated end to Latin America's longest-running insurgency. 

4 Dec 2012 - 5:48am

South China Sea becomes safer

The South China Sea has become safer for merchant vessels with no reported hijackings or attacks in the first three months of this year, figures from a Singapore-based anti-piracy agency show.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

City gets safe ship rating back

Hong Kong has narrowly struggled back on to a key United States Coast Guard ship-safety initiative a year after being dumped because Hong Kong-flagged ships failed to meet the scheme's strict safety criteria.

3 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Use fisheries patrols to tighten grip on Diaoyus, official says

Patrols around the disputed Diaoyu Islands should be stepped up to the frequency of those in the Gulf of Aden, an official argued in an opinion piece yesterday.

7 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Japan to join maritime drill

Japan will send a coastguard boat to join a maritime drill with mainland ships for the first time. The patrol boat Satsuma, with a crew of 45, will take part in a search-and-recovery exercise off Shanghai this weekend.

1 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

SAR helps in sea rescue

Hong Kong rescuers helped in an international effort to save a Japanese man from his sinking yacht in a 21-hour search-and-rescue operation.

The Hong Kong Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre and the Japanese and the US coastguards conducted a joint exercise to carry out the rescue, a marine officer said yesterday.

20 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

98 II suspects seized on ship

Japanese coastguards arrested 98 suspected illegal immigrants hidden in a secret room aboard a freighter from Hong Kong.

The Maritime Safety Agency discovered the 61 men and 37 women, all believed to be Chinese, hiding on the Panamanian-registered freighter Intan Samudera after it docked at Kawasaki.

22 Aug 1998 - 12:00am