Video of Taiwanese fishing vessel shooting ‘revealing,’ ‘helpful’ — De Lima


Justice Secretary Leila De Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Tuesday a video clip of the shooting incident involving the Philippine Coast Guard and a Taiwanese fishing vessel in the Balintang Channel was “very revealing” and “helpful to the investigation.”

She said the video, as part of the report of the National Bureau of Investigation, will be released “in due time.”

“There will be premature conclusions if we release the video already. It’s just part of the whole report,” De Lima told reporters after a closed-door conference with the investigating team at the NBI headquarters in Manila.

The May 9 killing of fisherman Hung Shih-chen allegedly by the Coast Guard has sparked outrage in Taiwan.

The Coast Guard said the fishing vessel had intruded into Philippine waters and tried to ram its patrol boat.

President Benigno Aquino III ordered an investigation into the incident.

De Lima said the NBI team was ready and just waiting for the clearance to go to Taiwan, adding that the partial report so far was “substantive.”

“More or less, there’s a clearer picture. But we reiterate that the result would be more exhaustive, thorough and complete if the NBI team’s requests are granted, especially the inspection of the Taiwanese fishing vessel,” she said.

De Lima said the team will also try to talk to other members of the crew and request a re-autopsy of the victim if the family will allow it.

“Just like our policy here, we cannot force the family of a deceased person to allow a re-autopsy if they don’t want to,” she said.

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  • Jack Bw

    Interesting. Why the need for a re-autopsy? Sounds like they’re pursuing an angle.

    • Shuami

      She’s fishing for a push-back excuse. If the family refuses the re-autopsy (would you want your deceased to be carved up so many times?), then she can use that as a reason to push back request from Taiwan.

    • Popskief

      Could be…if ballistics test will show that the wound or the slug presented don’t match any of the weapons surrendered by the PCG, ???
      It could be that the Taiwanese killed their own, now they are correct to call MURDER…..

  • disqusted0fu

    Blah blah blah is basically what De Lima is saying. “In due time” in De Lima’s vocabulary means never. That’s more or less what she says in almost every investigation, and in most, if not all of the investigations, nothing happens. The only reason that she is still in her post is because her boss is just as inefficient as her.

  • sigena

    baboy de lima tumahimik ka na

  • Nathan

    Please don’t rush the NBI. They need time to edit out the incriminating parts that shows the guilt of the PCG.

  • PurpleDaisy13 “due time” excuses….Please “stop editing” the video Philippines Administration.

    Just play fair like Taiwan…Release and share all evidence of VIDEO recordings to the public and to the world NOW. Or “else”….


      @purpledaisy13. maybe ask the dept of justice to allow an early special screening exclusive for taiwanese hecklers. maybe your belly will settle down.

    • Popskief

      Or WHAT……complete your sentence…..BLUFF….a bladder full of smelly air.

    • ako

      That is why we call you ignorant people. You are already making a conlusion before investigation is done. Resulting rumpage of your people.

      • PurpleDaisy13

        ako, it seems you’re far more ignorant.

        We don’t need to wait for the results of a Philippines investigation in order to see the video…just release the video already and let the world see for ourselves on what happened.

        Why does it take weeks to review a 10-20 minute raw video of the shooting incident? It doesn’t, unless it is being manipulated and edited by the Philippines Administration.

        I’m sorry ako, but the entire world identifies you and your Philippines as being FAR more corrupt than Taiwan according to the Corruption Perception Index. You can count the awful wide gap for yourself.

  • DannyGane

    Who will stand to gain from all these troubles the Philippines are experiencing??? Hehehe. U.S.A. of course, the Philippines will now justify in its budget to buy new war machines from them (AFP modernization). Funny but true…

  • zdrx

    the NBI has to see the boat because it is also interesting to know why initial reports from taiwan said there were 32 bullet holes…then it grew to 50 holes. taiwan then accused the PH of cold blooded murder because the firing was concentrated mostly at the cabin where the fishers hide. something fishy because:
    1) why did it grew to 50 bullet holes? who knows, it might grow to 1,000 bullet holes one day!
    2) did taiwan added those bullet holes themselves on the (emptied) cabin to shame the PH? remember, the PCG claimed they fired at the engine room.
    3) if indeed the PCG fired excessively…why is it only one died, and the rest without a scratch?

  • edleon

    If both sides have waited only for the results of both investigation then compared them before issuing any statements, then the situation would have been better.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    De Lima belongs to the very few trustable, an admirable women !

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