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

Taiwan report into fisherman's shooting death ready for release

Filipino and Taiwanese investigators inspect the MCS-3001 vessel involved in the death of a Taiwanese fisherman in South Harbour, Manila. Photo: EPA

Taiwan is ready to announce the results of its investigation into the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine coastguard last month, a senior official said yesterday.

13 Jun 2013 - 5:58am

How they see it

Fishing vessel 'Guang Ta Hsin 28', which was fired upon by Philippine coast guard. Photo: Xinhua

It is most unfortunate that the government of Taiwan has suspended the issuance of visas to Filipinos. The suspension was in reaction to the unfortunate killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in contested waters a few days ago.

19 May 2013 - 3:55am

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

Manila to apologise to Taipei over fisherman's shooting

Demonstrators shout anti-Philippine slogans at a rally outside Manila's de facto embassy in Taipei on Tuesday. Photo: EPA

Manila will send a senior envoy to Taiwan to apologise for the death of a fisherman killed by the Philippine coastguard, Taiwan's Foreign Minister David Lin said last night at a briefing attended by Antonio Basilio, the Philippines' representative in Taipei.

15 May 2013 - 8:05am 2 comments

Taiwan's military drills in disputed waters to step up pressure on Manila

Some 200 Taiwanese gathered outside the Philippines representative office in Taipei on Monday to protest the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippines coast guard in disputed waters between Taiwan and the northern Philippines. Photo: AP

Taiwan would stage military drills to step up pressure on Manila over the killing of a fisherman last week, it said yesterday as angry protesters burned the Philippine flag in front of Manila's representative office in Taipei.

14 May 2013 - 7:17am

Beijing urges Philippines to 'thoroughly investigate' killing

China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei during a news conference in Beijing. Photo: Reuters

Beijing would give Taiwan its strong backing if tensions triggered by the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine coastguard last week continue to escalate, analysts said yesterday.

14 May 2013 - 4:36am 1 comment

Philippines admits coastguard fired at Taiwanese fishing boat

The Guang Ta Hsin 28 fishing vessel at a harbour of Liuqiu before it allegedly came under fire from a Philippine government boat. Taiwan is demanding the Philippines probe the death of a fisherman on the boat. Photo: AFP

The Philippines yesterday admitted that its coastguard fired at a Taiwanese fishing boat on Thursday, but said the action took place within its waters and that it had no idea it had killed one of the four crewmen on the boat.

11 May 2013 - 4:57am 15 comments

Killing of fisherman leads to inquiry call by Taiwan

Ma Ying-jeou. Photo: AFP

Taipei expressed its "grave concern" to Manila yesterday after a Taiwanese fisherman was killed by armed men aboard a Philippine vessel. The incident in waters 164 nautical miles off the southernmost tip of Taiwan came as the Philippine navy intensified its patrols after Beijing reportedly sent one of its largest fishing fleets to the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

10 May 2013 - 5:10am 1 comment

Hong Kong in a frenzy over Sai Kung shark-sighting video

An image from the video shows the shark on the end of an angler's line in Sai Kung. Photo: Red Door News

In a video that yesterday went viral, a six-foot (1.83m) shark emerges from the sea in Sai Kung to shock two anglers reeling in a fish. The video posted on Facebook shows one of the anglers struggling, with the shark at one stage appearing to grab the fish on his rod as his pal records the extraordinary scene.

21 Apr 2013 - 12:35pm

Xi's fishermen visit seen as warning to South China Sea neighbours

Xi Jinping shakes hands with fishermen in Tanmen. Photo: SCMP

President Xi Jinping's visit to Tanmen, a fishing village in the city of Qionghai in Hainan, on Monday came a few days after the People's Liberation Army Navy's South Sea Fleet finished a 16-day drill and patrol mission in the South China Sea.

10 Apr 2013 - 10:55am

Beijing warns Shandong fishermen against suing ConocoPhillips over Bohai oil spill

Observers at Bohai Bay, site of an oil leak. Photo: Xinhua

Five hundred fishermen in Shandong who are suing US oil firm ConocoPhillips in Texas for compensation after an oil spill in Bohai Bay have come under pressure from Beijing to drop the lawsuit, as they "have embarrassed some officials", representatives of the group say.

3 Apr 2013 - 5:41am

South African court convicts fisherman for killing great white shark

Leon Bekker with his illegal catch. Photo: SCMP

The landmark decision was lauded by conservationists, who said they hoped the move would help dissuade others from hunting the protected species.

6 Feb 2013 - 6:01am

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

Hefty catch raises hope for harbour

It was an unexpected and encouraging sight for the anglers trying their luck off pier 3 in Central.

They watched as one of their number reeled in a one-metre common sea bass at 1am on Friday - a sign, perhaps, that the fish population is recovering in a harbour that many people perceive as too dirty to sustain a rich marine life.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am