Philippine Navy denies Taiwan shooting


MANILA–The Philippine Navy on Friday denied allegations that its forces had shot dead a crewman of a Taiwan fishing vessel, saying none of its ships were in the area at the time of the apparent incident.

“The Philippine Navy denies any involvement in… an incident where a Taiwanese fisherman was reportedly shot and the wound led to his death,” the statement said.

The naval commander in the area said his ships were in port or very close to the Philippine coast at the time, the statement added.

A spokesman for the Philippine coast guard, which is a separate service from the Philippine Navy, could not be contacted for comment.

Asked about the report, Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said: “We cannot confirm it. We will check that”.

Taiwan’s foreign ministry said that a Taiwanese fishing vessel carrying three Taiwanese and one Indonesian crewman was fired upon early Thursday by a “Philippine government boat”.

The incident, some 164 nautical miles off the southernmost tip of Taiwan, left one of the Taiwan crewmen dead.

The ministry did not specify what type of government boat allegedly fired upon the vessel, while Taiwan’s coast guard said it was trying to verify reports that it was a Philippine Navy vessel.

The Philippines and Taiwan, along with Brunei, China and Malaysia, have conflicting claims to parts of the South China Sea.

China and Taiwan have been ruled separately since the end of a civil war in 1949, although Beijing claims the island. The Philippines has no diplomatic ties with Taiwan but maintains economic and cultural links.

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  • barong

    I smell a rat…and the rat is china. With the largest Chinese fishing flotilla coming again to “invade” the fishing grounds of Southeast Asian countries including the Philippines, and sightings of Chinese security maritime vessels near Ayungin Shoal, I think China is undertaking propaganda to discredit the Philippine Navy, in the case of the alleged shooting of a taiwanese vessel, and pushing to control more areas of the West Philippine Sea while our Filipino politicians are preoccupied in the elections. I hope the government acts in sending vessels to conduct sovereignty patrols against the Chinese.

  • NaUnsa

    So the Intsikwakang are transforming their boats to look like a Philippine Navy, then starts shooting Taiwanese boats to create tension between Taiwan and the Philippines. The Intsikwakang is trying hard to play the game of divide and conquer strategy to create tension amongst ASEAN nations.
    Dear Taiwan, it’s the chinese who fired and killed one of your fisherman. The chinese were disguising as the Philippine Navy to commit crimes. You should investigate the type of bullet used during the attack. I know this for sure because the chinese are murderers, and the Filipinos are very reasonable people and value life.

    • panhase

      Yeah, you know it for sure. Maybe you should read the headlines, but slowly this time.

    • $18209031

      Eat your shzt now Naunsa na man ni sya. Lubot baling bahua . Maglimpyo ka na doydoy. Makaulaw man gyud ka oi oi. Magkinilaw ka ug ginamos , dai

  • Matt Lee

    The Philippine CG is the culprit, go blame your own.

  • tonygadoy

    11 coastguard personnel along with 2 BFAR were already been relieved of their post in connection with the incident. But both PH and Taiwan is more on a peaceful solution than the one being instigated by LitUtin and his keyboard warriors. Taiwanese are far better sound minded than the red chinese.

    • $18209031

      Hala magpapaawa na kayo sa mga Taiwanese. Hindi na yan sila sasama sa inyo sa Itlog at Uncog against China. They may try to be friendly but they dont trust you . THe more they dont trust the kayumangmang race.

      They know you have the habit of blaming others for your wrong doings . Liars and backstabbing is a way of life for PInos. ALam na nila yan

  • Marconi de Leon

    wow! i was asked by my workmates here in taiwan about this news. :(

    • socali

      what did they ask you? be safe!

  • misuari playboy

    jemalol kiram is the cause of all this mess. pinoy wait for the chinese prc + roc to invade you guys.

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