Taiwan rejects PH apology, freezes hiring of Filipino workers


Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou AFP FILE PHOTO

TAIPEI—Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou Wednesday froze the hiring of Filipino workers to express “strong dissatisfaction” over Manila’s handling of the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman as Taipei rejected Manila’s apology as informal and insincere.

“President Ma expressed his strong dissatisfaction over the Philippines’ lack of sincerity and its shifting attitude,” Lee Chia-fei told reporters, adding that Ma had decided to recall Taipei’s envoy to Manila.

Antonio Basilio, the Philippines’ de facto ambassador, had also been asked to return to Manila to “help properly handle” the case, she said.

The 65-year-old fisherman was shot dead by the Philippine Coast Guard last week after his boat had apparently strayed into Philippine waters.

Deep regret and apology

Taiwan foreign minister David Lin told reporters that “the Philippines has voiced deep regret and apology for the incident” after a closed-door meeting with Antonio Basilio, the de facto Philippine ambassador to Taipei.

The Philippine government will send a special envoy to Taiwan to convey his apologies and condolences to the family of Hung Shih-cheng, who was shot dead on Thursday, Basilio said.

“Chairman (Amadeo) Perez will repeat his deep regret and apology from the people of the Philippines to the people of Taiwan and the family of Mr. Hung for the grief and suffering from his death,” Basilio said, adding that the Philippines would provide “financial assistance” to the victim’s family.

Perez is chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) that represents the Philippines’ interest in Taiwan.


But Premier Jiang Yi-huah said his government was displeased with the apology. Taiwan will not accept anything short of a Philippine government apology, he said.

He said it was unacceptable that the apology comes from the “people of the Philippines” rather than the government as it was the Philippine Coast Guard that shot the fisherman.

“The shooting was conducted by one of its civil servants, and its government could not evade the responsibility,” he said, adding that Taiwan wants to be informed about whether the culprit will be charged, jailed or dismissed.

Second wave of sanctions

Lee reiterated Ma’s demands that Manila issue a “formal apology,” compensate the victim’s family, apprehend the killer and start fishing talks between the two sides soon.

“If the Philippine government cannot satisfy our side’s four demands by 6 p.m. (1000 GMT) today, our government will adopt a second wave of sanctions,” Lee said.

According to Lin, the two sides agreed to jointly launch an investigation into the incident, which sparked outrage in Taiwan and comes at a time of heightened tensions around the region over rival claims to the nearby West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Lin said Taiwanese investigators would fly to Manila Thursday while their Filipino counterparts travel to Taiwan to inspect the fishing vessel and interview three witnesses who were on the boat at the time of the incident.

The two sides also agreed to open fishery talks “as soon as possible” so as to avoid the recurrence of similar incidents.

The state Central News Agency had said the naval exercise would be held Thursday, involving a Kidd-class destroyer, a Perry-class frigate and three coast guard frigates. A number of fighter jets would also be involved in the drill, which would for the first time simulate the Philippines as the enemy.

“The Philippines has made some positive reactions towards our demand,” Lin said when asked if his government would still consider sanctions against Manila, adding that the pledges from the Philippine government would need to be further evaluated.

It was not clear from his remarks whether the naval drill would still go ahead.


The Philippine Coast Guard has admitted firing at one of four Taiwanese fishing vessels it said had strayed into its waters, allegations denied by the victim’s son who was with his father and two other sailors on the boat at the time.

Taiwan prosecutor Liu Chia-kai described the incident as “nothing but a slaughter”, after examining the boat which he said was hit by more than 50 bullets.

Taiwan at the weekend sent four coast guard and naval vessels to protect its fishermen in waters near the Philippines, while President Benigno Aquino has called for calm and given assurances of an in-depth investigation.

China, the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei all have competing claims to parts of the West Philippine Sea.  With a report from Associated Press

Originally posted at 10:57 am | Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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  • Manuel Monocay

    Well, you know what my international friends said about pinoy english? They say we speak like ducks and call our language duckalog sigh….

    • damatannapo

      That is total BS tell yout feckin’ buddies it is (English) not native. BTW check their English grammar and spelling I’m amused too

      • Manuel Monocay

        yout? fecking’? Check their English grammar? Seems like yours is not so wonderful either :(

      • Bulakenyo Ako

        ano bang big deal sa pag inglis? pero para sa kaalaman mo mas maraming pinoy ang nakapagsasalita at nakkaintindi ng inglis kaysa sa mga taiwanese base sa ang katotohanan ke matangap mo o hindi.

      • obionekenobi

        PRE tsik beho yan wag patulan

    • Hendot2012

      Iwaksi mo na pagkapilipino mo! Di namin kelangan isang tulad mo! Jan ka na lang sa ibang bansa, wala kang kwentang tao!

      • Manuel Monocay

        I speak nothing but the truth you can continue to be delusional staying in this sh** hole country with the ‘Pinoy Pride’! :)

      • Hendot2012

        Di ka pinoy nagpapangap ka lang! Magtagalog ka intsik beho tulo laway!

      • Manuel Monocay

        True asul Pinoy dito!

      • Hendot2012

        True asul Pinoy dito? Ano yun? google translate?

      • obionekenobi


      • Manuel Monocay

        Quack quack quack quack…

      • obionekenobi

        your crowded country is as crowded as your brain…

      • obionekenobi

        your formosa island is more dunghole… arent you so crowded in that 50 mile long island.

    • $39764945

      Taking this crap from your international friends about the way we Pilipino speak english is a sign of insecurity from a spineless guy like you.Why, are your friends english so perfect? or are you just a butt of a joke to them?
      Obviously that colonial mentality is stil pretty much ingrained and unshakeable in your person inspite of the fact that you are no longer in the Philippines..

      • Manuel Monocay

        Because it is the truth, accept it.

        It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle. – Sun Tzu

      • obionekenobi

        yup we know your all morons in TAIWAN Sun Tzu said so.

      • Manuel Monocay

        You call them morons when they have higher IQ than us? Well, if that is your definition of ‘moron’ with a tinge of ‘Pinoy Pride’ =)

    • obionekenobi

      Enjoy living in your crowded nation..pretender

      • Manuel Monocay

        I would rather choose being in a place just a tad crowded rather than a sh** hole (literally) where everyone pee and sh** wherever they want plus the corruption sucking the progress of our nation.

        Anyway, food for thought. If a place is crowded, it means that there are progression and opportunities therefore people WANT to be there. ‘Pinoy Pride’ doesn’t create all these yall know?

  • Val Sor

    Let’s also reject their investigators. A rightful quid pro quo.

  • Olibo

    Pnoy remember your father said; ” I rather die with honor than to live in bended knees.” If you believe in him, please do not beg for Taiwan’s tantrum. You’ve done your part. Send all the OFWs in Taiwan home. Protect our territoy. Tumutulo ang laway ng mga intsik sa ating karagatan. Shut our doors too!

  • Hendot2012

    Chiang Kai Shek people or Taipei people should get their really country, China, first before we recognize you people! You don’t have a country poor Taiwanese!

  • Roo

    That must have objective evidence to support that investigation.Not just said by the guard.

    Philippines and Taiwan party should involve in this investigation.

    It will be more objective to have a objective third party to investigate this incident together.

    And Philippines doesn’t let Taiwan investigate this incident in Philippine. Antonio Basilio said they would let Taiwan investigate and now reject Taiwan’s investigation team. Why? is it something else hidden by other side?

    The investigation must be in detail and come out quickly to prevent any bad things happening.

    The crucial video hasn’t come out, why?

  • YY

    Philippine government killed Taiwanese fisherman and now, they claimed that is our fault, they’re legitimate defense. THIS IS NOT TRUE!
    The fish vessel is in the economical zone of Taiwan, they do not exceed zone and also do not intended to attacked the vessel of Philippine government that with strong fire ; But they shot, killed 1 poor people who do not have any weapon.

    The Philippine government claimed this is an accident and don’t have the meaning to apologize, they even said we Taiwan are baring them!!! They Lied!!! We just want they apologize, is that difficult? They used their mother language-English to spread their language all over the world. The speaker of Philippine government even smile in the press conference and said they do not fault. I can’t believe how cruel they are!! We just want everybody can know the true, and push them to apologize.

    Thank you for your reading and please, share this to everybody in the world.

  • neo822

    Taiwanese making it a big deal then Filipinos will do their part too.

    DON’T BUY Taiwanese products or Made in Taiwan.

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  • obionekenobi

    PCG should have sunk the ship. It was a recidivist

  • eight_log

    Pinas must stop deployment of OFWs in Taiwan. Kaya tayo binubully ng mga kabitbahay natin ay dahil we don’t stand on our rights as a nation. For once, ipakita naman natin na hindi tayo takot kung alam natin na nasa tama tayo!!!!

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