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Taiwan stages exercise as PH row rumbles on

SHOW OF FORCE Standard Type II missiles (front) are ready to launch and a 5-inch cannon (back) is ready to fire during a joint military drill on a Kidd-class destroyer outside a navy base in Kaohsiung port, southern Taiwan, on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Taiwan’s military and Coast Guard held a joint drill on Thursday in waters between Taiwan and the Philippines, close to the spot where Filipino coast guard personnel opened fire on a Taiwanese fishing vessel last week, killing a 65-year-old crew member. AP PHOTO/WALLY SANTANA

ABOARD MAKUNG DESTROYER — Taiwan held a military exercise Thursday in waters near the northern Philippines in response to the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman, after rejecting repeated apologies from Manila.

President Ma Ying-jeou reiterated that the Philippines should take formal responsibility for the death of the 65-year-old, shot last week by Philippine coastguards who said his vessel intruded into Philippine waters.

Amid outrage in the island, Taipei has recalled its envoy and slapped sanctions on Manila, including a ban on the hiring of new Philippine workers, a travel alert urging Taiwanese not to visit the Philippines and the suspension of high-level exchanges.

Manila said it had “gone the extra mile” to appease Taipei and expressed concern that its special envoy sent to the island had been rebuffed.

On Thursday Taiwan sent a destroyer, one frigate and four coastguard ships to waters near the Philippines’ Batan island to press its claims in the area, defense authorities said.

The ships went as close as 21 nautical miles west of Batan but stayed within Taiwan’s exclusive economic zone, said Rear Admiral Lee Tung-pao.

“The move is aimed to highlight our determination to safeguard sovereignty. The coastguards have vowed to protect our fishermen wherever they are, and we’ll support them,” Lee said.

The fleet did not encounter any Philippine naval or coastguard vessels.

Two Taiwanese Mirage 2000-5 fighters flew over the fleet at low altitude as the warships tested their anti-aircraft capabilities.

In Manila, a military spokesman declined comment on the exercise and said it was not immediately clear whether the Taiwanese vessels were in international or Philippine waters.

The Philippines expressed indignation at Taiwan’s treatment of its envoy Amadeo R. Perez, sent by President Aquino to apologize personally to the victim’s family.

Perez left Taiwan earlier Thursday after Foreign Minister David Lin and the fisherman’s family refused to meet him.

“I came to convey the president’s and the Filipino people’s deep regret and apology over the unfortunate and unintended loss of life,” he told reporters at the airport before his departure.

Lacierda insisted the incident happened in Philippine waters and said the government should not have to “appease” Taiwan.

“We have gone the extra mile,” Lacierda told reporters, referring to Aquino sending Perez to Taipei. “We have acted uprightly and decently as a respectable member of the international community.”

Lacierda also cautioned that Taiwan’s sanctions would hurt both sides. “It does not do anyone any good. Travel from their end will be affected as well. Their airlines will be affected,” he said.

Perez heads the Manila Economic and Cultural Office which handles relations with Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic ties. The Philippines, like most countries, formally recognizes China over Taiwan.

Taiwan has deemed it “unacceptable” that the Philippines described the fisherman’s death as unintended.

“I do hope they will understand they have to be responsible in the international community. Shooting unarmed and innocent people in the open seas is not an act tolerated by civilized nations,” President Ma said.

Amid widespread anger in Taiwan, a group of fisherman rallied at a port near the victim’s home in southern Taiwan, holding placards reading “Protest” and “Seek justice” and burning a Philippine flag.

Taipei has pressed Manila to issue a formal apology by its government, to compensate the fisherman’s family and to apprehend the killer.

Maritime tensions are already high over rival claims in the South China Sea, adjacent to where last Thursday’s shooting took place.

China, the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei all have competing claims to parts of the strategic and resource-rich maritime region.

First posted at 3:11p.m.


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  • myname kopiOO

    Why dont PCG confront these vessel? same spot where Taiwanese had been shot. Are u hiding?

    • CookieMonsterX

      Don’t be fooled. The coordinates of these ships isn’t the same as that of the fishing vessel involved in last week’s incident

  • bhosz ojan

    sana maayos na am lht,.
    my asawa ako nag wo2rk sa taiwan,.
    nag aalala na ako sa knya,.
    pare.pareho tau na nawalan peo wg ng idamay ung mga inusente,.
    balita ko my 3 na babaeng pinay na pinalo ng baseball bat dw jan sa taiwan,
    wg ganun plsss!!!

  • bhosz ojan

    cnuh pde tumulong sa mga OFW’s na nag wo2rk dun.
    nd na maganda am lagay nla dun,.
    ramdam ko dhl my asawa ako nag wo2rk dun,.

    • Luthmar

      Ito naman, ang iniintindi ay yun lang kanyang asawa? Naisip mo man lang ba maski konti ang pang-bubully sa atin ng mga intsik na ito? Wala bang kwenta sa yo ang ating sovereignty na madalas ay lapastangin ng mga f——ing Chinese?

  • bhosz ojan

    plss.. tulungan nyo po cla!!
    lalo na po am mga ofw naten sa taiwan!!
    my asawa po ako dun nag wo2rk,. factory worker po sya dun

  • sgt. saunders

    GO AHEAD TAIWAN, PUSH US TO THE LIMIT, HURT OUR OFW MORE, BUT WHEN IT COMES TO SHOVING, THEN YOU WILL KNOW HOW WE WILL REACT, WE’RE NOT AFRAID OF YOUR MODERN WEAPONS. IT’S OUR WILL TO GET BACK AT YOU AT ALL COST. SO, AGAIN TAIWAN, GO AHEAD, IF YOU GOT BALLS……..

    • bitoypalaboy

      Sana ma translate sa Chinese ung sinabi mo Sgt. Saunders. Di ba sila natatakot na baka me madisgrasya ding Taiwanese dito sa Pilipinas? Kaya wag nyo (Taiwanese) subukan ang haba ng pasensya ng mga Pilipino.

  • Juanito Palma

    PURO KAYO EXERCISE. PURO INSAYO. PUKPUKAN NA!

  • Jan

    taiwanese should fish only within their waters so that hese unfortunate incident will not occur in some other day. philippine forces are in line of their duties to defend our sovereign rigths over our territorial waters. ramming of a ship is an act of agression that it should be quelled immediately to protect the defenders right otherwise the latter ship will be endangered.

  • Bruce Chiu

    Hello, Filipilo friends watch the video on youtube ,we are trying to tell you the truth.
    —What Philippine Government Did and Said to Taiwan

    • branlem

      hello bruce with all due respects please don’t get carried away by what your leaders tell you..we have freedom of press and expression in this country and with that, access to truth unlike in yours where you only see what your government wanted you know..look outside the box my friend and liberate your mind..it would be good for your spirit as well…

      • http://www.facebook.com/gygy.gygy.7503 Gygy Gygy

        There was an old Taiwanese fisherman killed by the PCG in Jan 2006 like this time.
        The final investigation showed the PCG officers were quilty.
        The perpetrators still happily live in Philippines.
        That’s why this time Taiwanese don’t trust the the Philippines’ own investigation anymore.

        Do you guys know why Taiwanese are so angry this time.
        Many Taiwanese fishermen have been kidnapped and killed by pirates in many years.
        The pirates wear the PCG uniform,it means the pirates are the Philippines PCG officers.
        Many kidnapped Taiwanese fishermen have to ask their family to deposit money into these pirates’ accounts when they are imprisoned in private jails in Philippines.
        If the kidnapped fishermen’s family don’t give money,the PCG will maltreat them.
        The PCG officers are these idiots,bull*hits and greedy guys doing evil,grabbing and stealing whatever they want;But acting like a coward cowers in their port when they see other country’s navy.

        The Philippines government never take it serious of any incident related to foreigner.
        Do you guys remember the seized bus incident(Rizal Park Hostage-taking Incident) happened in Manilla in 2010,
        there were 8 victims killed by the stupid Philippines policemen.
        You can ask Hong Kong people the feeling of the Philippines government and president.
        I think the Philippine people are friendly,but I look down on the Philippines government .

        Weak power of military is not shameful,maybe it will be growing up on certain day.
        But,cheating their own people is disgusting and causing other country’s spit.

      • bitoypalaboy

        Ogag ka pala! Manahimik ka na lang!!. Anu ba alam mo Pilipino ka ba? Sa Balintang channel nangyari yan.. tumatakas kaya hinabol ng bala ng PCG. Mga Ivatans kung agawan nila ng isda sa mayaman nitong karagatan eh walang pakundangan dahil makabago at mabibilis ang bangka ng mga singkit na ito. Trespassing ang tawag dyan kapag me pumasok sa bakuran mo!

      • branlem

        oh boy..your brain has been totally rewired my friend…kidnap your fishermen and ask for ransom?? why would the PCG do that? Would PCG know that the fellow could even pay his ransom? Rizal Park incident is totally different and not even related but again I will endeavor to answer you..no if ever the chinese were killed during the rescue it is because they are in harms way…there was risk involved in the rescue…what about your government..do you think you have so much respect to human rights?? who kills their citizens just because they speak against their government? who grabs lands and steals fisheries from poor Filipino fishermen?? THE ANSWER?? ONLY THE CHINESE!!! The chinese who can’t even tell the difference between the truth and fallacy!! the chinese who thought they can get away with everything just because they got money!! hah..your people are morally bankrupt my friend…pity your distorted minds because of too much brainwashing by your government!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/gygy.gygy.7503 Gygy Gygy

        First of all;
        Because all the Philippines officers’s payment is too low.
        They want to kidnap other country’s fishing boat to get money.
        They just triggered happy;So,there are about 52 shots on the innocent fishing boat while they were chasing the boat.
        That’s why your PCG officers who involved this incident not brave to face media if they are your heros who act in self-defense.
        Second;
        Human life in Philippine is worthless;As your comment,it means next time if your little son has been kidnaped,the Philippines policemen can accidently shot him.
        Then you will say “There was risk involved in the rescue;thank you, officer!!”
        Third,,
        The Philippines officers’ ill fame is world-famous.
        Do you guys know why other country’s people look down on the Philippines government.
        There are many Philippine died because of pilitical elections.
        Drivers pay money to traffic policemen to escape tickets.
        Former president’s wife owns more than 3000 shoes.
        Present president drives his pricely and grand car to everywhere,even he knows his people in other countries is cleaning old foreighers’ feces with hands.
        Too many disgusting things words can’t describe.

        CORRUPTION!!CORRUPTION!!CORRUPTION!!

        Again!!!!!!!!
        Weak power of military is not shameful,maybe it will be growing up on certain day.
        But,cheating(brianwashing) the Philippines people is disgusting and causing other country’s spit.

  • Chris Lim

    oh , ok…. so taiwan had a military exercise ” 21 nautical miles WEST of Batanes” …… but the fisherman and coast guard incident was SOUTH-EAST of batanes island group …… whose territory is batanes island anyway?



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