Only inspection of Taiwanese fishing boat lacking in NBI probe—Aquino

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President Benigno Aquino III AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino said Tuesday that the National Bureau of Investigation’s probe into the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine Coast Guard earlier this month was complete except for the examination of the fishing boat in Taiwan.

“I talked to Secretary Leila de Lima. She said the investigation is finished except for the physical examination of the subject boat,” he told reporters in an interview in Cavite aired over government radio.

“Since it’s in Taiwan, they’re waiting for the clearance from the team to go there to inspect visually the boat to complete the thorough investigation,” Aquino said.

The President had ordered the NBI to conduct an investigation into the killing Hung Shih-chen by the crew of a Philippine Coast Guard patrol boat in northern Philippine waters May 9. The Coast Guard crew claimed that the fishermen had tried to ram their patrol boat.

Aquino said he was grateful to Taiwanese leaders for appealing to their people to stop attacks on Filipinos in Taiwan.

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  • Meow Ming

    Wag ka nang magsalita! ipaubaya mo na sa mga spokesman mo !!

  • Manuel_II

    We are now winning the war without firing a shot, Taiwan already lost 2 fighter jets, one F-16 and one Mirage, bwahahahhahahaha, LOL.

    • Manuel Pacquiao

      lost 2 fighter jets? ninakaw ng Pinoy ang dalawang fighter jets? dyan magaling si Pinoy
      bwahahahahhahaha. LOL

      • crocodiledundee

        nag-crash po…

      • reddfrog

        I think it’s a subtle way to pressure the USA to sell them new planes.

    • WeAry_Bat

      We ought to have the bakal boys beside the docks and piers go fishing for the Taiwan donations. How much would one missile fetch in the market.

  • DGuardian

    Nasa ABS-CBN online news na open si Presidente Aquino sa fishing agreement hindi lang sa Taiwan kung hindi sa iba pang mga bansa. Wala siyang karapatan na pumasok sa isang agreement sa pangingisda sa mga Taiwanese o ano pa mang bansa dahil national patrimony ng Pilipinas ang nakataya dito at kilala at napatunayang mga poachers ang mga Taiwanese, Red Chinese, at iba pang mga foreign fishermen sa ating karagatan. Talung-talo ang mga Pilipinong mangingisda dahil banca lamang at small motorboats ang kanilang gamit samantalang mga malalaking modernong fishing vessels ang gamit sa mga commercial fishing expeditions ng Taiwan, China, at iba pa. Sila na lamang ang lilimas sa yaman ng ating mga karagatan at pati endangered species natin at mga corals ay nanakawin din nila dahil hindi natin ma-monitor ang kanilang mga activities in our territorial waters

    • DGuardian

      Presidente Aquino, bakit ka napapa-blackmail sa mga Taiwanese? Dahil ba sa ginagawa nilang physical assaults sa ating mga migrant workers sa Taiwan? Kayang-kaya ka nilang takutin. Dapat ay pauwiin silang lahat dito. Tignan natin kung hindi maapektuhan ang kanilang economy. Immediate repatriation ang dapat na sagot sa pananakot at pananakit nila sa mga Pilipino doon. Makakakita din ang mga OFWs natin ng mga trabaho dahil skilled workers sila. Medyo maghighintay lang sila ng kaunting panahon ay masusulusyunan din ang lahat nang hindi mapapalungi ang ating bayan. Ang anumang iniisip mong fishing agreement ay dapat na iharap sa isang national referendum at hindi ikaw ang magdedesisyon.

      • Manuel Pacquiao

        at ikaw ang magpapakain sa mga OFW na galing Taiwan habang naghihintay sila? galing mong magsalita, wala kang kaalam alam. Ni sarili mo, hindi mo maayos yung sarili mong buhay.

    • martial_law_baby

      Read again the statement. He is just being diplomatic. He can’t give away what is enshrined in our Constitution, which he has repeatedly said can not be touch. He will be courting impeachment if he will do that.

  • Diepor

    Let the people responsible for this mess lose their job and go to jail.

    • topolcats

      Agreed!

    • ThudOthwacker

      But those rogue Kuomintang Chinese fishermen are self employed.

      • reddfrog

        Since they’re from the south, they’re most likely DPP, not KMT.

      • valkyrie

        Forgive them, them don’t know Taiwanese political climate on who controls the South.

  • Rey

    Tingnan kung harap ng fishing boat ang tinamaan. Kung harap nga, totoo ang paratang na balak nilang banggain ang lantsa ng ating Coast Guard.

    Ito ay dahil kung di ako magkamali, mukhang mga Armalite lang ang armas na ginamit ng ating Coast Guard (base sa isang news report na nabasa ko). Ulit, kung tama ang aking nakita ay ibig sabihin malapit ang dalawang bangka sa isa’t-isa dahil pang-malapitan lang ang Armalite. At kung, inuulit ko, harap ng Taiwanese fishing boat ang tinamaan, ibig sabihin ay malapit na silang mabangga nang binaril nila ito.

    At kung harapan nga, there is no way to disable the engine na nasa likod at ilalim na parte ng bangka. The only viable way to stop them is to incapacitate the pilot.

  • Chris Lim

    people…. please check on the coordinates being given by the taiwanese authority…… it says that the incident happened along coordinate 19’59” north and 122’55” east…….. that’s south east of batanes island….. can taiwan claim exclusive economic zone across philippine territory? … just check google earth and put the grid on

    • Shuami

      Of course, EEZ is 200nm (370km). The distance between the southern tip of Taiwan and northern tip of Luzon is a little bit more than 400km. So the location of the incident is in overlapped EEZs between TW and RP, and well outside of the terrestrial waters (12nm) of RP.

      • Chris Lim

        my friend, you missed out on batanes group of islands…… they are further north of the main island of luzon……… if you are going to talk about Exclusive Economic Zone, it has to be between the 2 nearest point of each country territory…. the norththern most territory of the philippines is itbayat island, near the batanes island…… also regarding the waters in between islands in the philippines, it is not EEZ for other country, but philippine territorial water….. according to archipelagic doctrine

      • Chris Lim

        here is the doctrine …

        .An Archipelago is a cluster of islands. An Archipelagic doctrine attempts to prevent these islands from being cut off from the mother nation because of their location in international waters. Central to the archipelagic doctrine is the concept of equality between landmasses, where each island regardless of size is treated in the same manner as all others. By this doctrine is meant that a group of
        islands shall be considered as a national unit. The waters around between and connecting every island on the group regardless of their breath and dimensions will be treated as part of the internal waters.

      • Shuami

        Well, my friend, I did NOT missed anything. You can claim 12nm of territorial water around Batanes island, and even 200nm of EEZ from beyond that baseline too. The thing is Taiwan can do that too–that’s why you have overlapping EEZs. Two neighboring countries need to negotiate for a boundary if they have overlapped EEZs. However Taiwan and RP has not negotiated one. Hence both can operate within the overlapped EEZs. Yes, the waters in between islands are territorial waters, but the Taiwanese fishing boat was NOT in those waters.

    • kulas2

      OMG! You are right!!! Guys take a look.

  • disqusted0fu

    Oh please… enough with the press releases. Pnoy could care less about this issue because he is so elated that many of his candidates won in the elections. All the efforts that he gave in campaigning actually paid off, with the help of course of the PCOS machines. If only Pnoy can give that kind of effort to the country and the people, there might be better results.

  • kulas2

    You are doing a good job Mr President! Congratulations too, 10 out of 12!!!

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