Taiwan ‘strongly’ protests to Philippines over fisherman’s death

TAIPEI—Taiwan demanded compensation from the Philippines Thursday over the killing of a crew member of a Taiwanese fishing trawler that allegedly came under fire from a Philippine government boat.

The Guang Ta Hsin 28 fishing vessel carrying four crew—three Taiwanese and one Indonesian—was fired on early Thursday some 164 nautical miles off the southernmost tip of the island, Taiwan’s foreign ministry said.

The incident killed 65-year-old Hung Shih-cheng and badly damaged the vessel, prompting Taiwan’s coastguard to dispatch a ship to its rescue, the ministry said.

“We strongly protest and condemn that a Philippine government boat attacked our fishing boat and demand the Philippines formally apologize, apprehend the murderer and compensate,” it said in a statement.

The ministry did not specify what type of a government boat it was, while Taiwan’s coastguard said it was trying to verify some reports claiming that it was a Philippine navy vessel.

Taiwan has ruled itself since 1949, but China still considers the island part of its territory. The Philippines, like most countries, officially recognizes China over Taiwan but maintains trade ties with the island.

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  • im_earth

    and it is one of the 30 vessels off from China to disputed islands and encountered taiwanese fisherman;.

  • EDDIE CHEANG

    The Philippines is getting more and more aggressive and reckless because they are now once more under the protection of the US. Soon they’ll be a colonised country once more. They surreptitiously condoned the invasion of Sabah, now, they started making trouble with her disputing nations, China and Chinese Taiwan.

    • Cesar Arellano

      We never created any trouble with Taiwan or any nation for that matter in fact we behave like underdog to avoid trouble, United states has nothing to do with it , when we try to protect our rights, you talk like commies and you laid your card!

      • EDDIE CHEANG

        Killing unarmed fishermen in DISPUTED waters is not trouble-makeing? Claiming that you are the underdog does not mean you cannot be aggressive.
        By name-calling, shows that you have lost the argument and resorting to underhand method.

  • DGuardian

    Red Chinese and Taiwanese poachers should stop their illegal intrusions into Philippine waters in order to avoid and prevent unfortunate incidents like this. Filipino fishermen are very poor people. Why do these rapacious poachers continue to steal from them? Also, these vicious Red Chinese should stop from sowing more discord and enmity between Taiwan and the Philippines.

    • EDDIE CHEANG

      You stop your ridicules, illegal claims to international, disputed territories. Don’t claim what is NOT yours. Don’t killed unarmed fishermen. Filipino fishermen being poor, does not mean that you have the right to take any waters you which is not yours. Taking anything which is not yours means theft, do you know that?
      Your right-wing govt under Benigno Aquino are the ones creating trouble, yet, you have the cheek to say China is sowing discord between your country & Chinese Taiwan. Are you not ashame to tell lies?

  • http://www.facebook.com/blante.lenge 莫琳

    菲律宾人为什么不用菲律宾语?

    • NaUnsa

      Why Filipino don’t use the Philippine language? Is this exactly what it says?

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