Slain Taiwanese was ‘good to Filipino fishermen’


Taiwanese fisherman Hung Shih-cheng’s boat, the Kuang Ta Hsing No. 28, is checked by Taiwanese officers after arriving at Liuqiu port in Pingtung County, southern Taiwan, Saturday, May 11, 2013. Taiwanese boat owner Steven Liao said the damage to the Guang Ta Hsin 28 costs around NT$8 million (P11 million). AP PHOTO

TAIPEI—Filipinos in Pintung county, where the Taiwanese fisherman fatally shot by Philippine coast guards lived, say they feel no threat from local residents.

Antonio Dimacali Manasa, who works at Dongcang Harbor, told the Inquirer that he knew Hung Shih-chen, the fisherman shot dead by Filipino coast guards in waters off Balintang Island on May 9.

“I knew him. He was good to the Filipino fishermen here and he treated us like his children,” Manasa said.

Milo Fajardo, another Filipino worker at the harbor, said no Filipino had been attacked or threatened by Taiwanese in the area.

Still, he said, he and other Filipinos there avoid the streets, especially at night.

Hung’s boat

Fajardo said he was one of those who helped Taiwanese authorities pull Hung’s boat, the Guang Ta Hsin 28, to the dock after the incident.

“After the boat had been docked, they refused to allow people to come near it,” he said.

He and other Filipinos sometimes hear unpleasant comments from Taiwanese fishermen.

“But we understand them, and we choose not to react,” he said.

Fajardo, who said he had been working in the harbor for 10 years, wondered why the Philippine Coast Guard abandoned the Taiwanese fishing boat after immobilizing it.

“They should have apprehended it,” he said. “All they needed to do was tie it to their vessel and tow it.”

Had the coast guards done that, he said, the Philippine authorities would have known what the poachers had taken from Philippine waters.

Philippine waters

John Albert Fernando, another Filipino worker at the harbor, said the Indonesian crew member of the Guang Ta Hsin 28 had told him that the boat was in Philippine waters because he had seen “plenty of tuna.”

“I talked to him, he took his belongings, and then he disappeared,” Fernando said.

According to Fernando, the Indonesian said Hung was in the engine room during the shooting, but looked out and was hit.

A team from the Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigation has requested permission from the Taiwanese government to examine the Guang Ta Hsin 28.

The boat is docked at Dongcang, cordoned off and covered with tarpaulin.

Business affected

Taiwanese boat owner Steven Liao said the incident had affected the fishing industry.

“We are cautious,” he said, “though it’s safe because we have legal papers. Still some of our fishermen have suspended their business.”

He said the damage to the Guang Ta Hsin 28 costs around NT$8 million (P11 million).

“It’s new and made of fiber glass,” he said.

The boat was hit 45 times with high-velocity bullets. Twenty-four of the bullet holes were found at the cabin.

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  • AlexanderAmproz

    Filipino’s macho temper driving them blind.

    Killing peoples like chicken’s belong to the Philippines colonial culture,

    Thanks-fully, it’s not accepted abroad.

    The official who order the killing should be sitting in the Martial court.

    He is highly contributing to damage the already spoiled RP reputation.

    Gun totting super machos is the Philippine plague, victimizing Pinoy’s at first.

    Philippines Killings habits is just unacceptable plain stupidity ad nauseam.

    So many accepted Ampatuan like is vomiting.
    Most Tycoons and politicians belong to them,
    it’s the country hopelessness main source.

    That why the country is an abnormal in limbo, Filipinos suffering atrociously of it !

  • joboni96

    bigyan ng damyos ang pamilya at
    protektahan ang yamang dagat

  • talagalangha

    Thanks to stupid Pnoy, now the Philippines is all isolated, having made ENEMIES of ALL ITS NEIGHBORS….Hongkong, China, Malaysia and now Taiwan….is this just coincidence, or bungling in the highest levels of ineptness….apologize, for crying out loud, hayan naglabas na ng evidence ang Taiwan, yet yung ipinagmamalaking video daw ay ayaw pang ipakita…baka inaareglo pa ng Comelec…?

    Nakakahiya! And I feel so sorry for the Taiwan fisherman…Jusko, the video confirms that our PCG harassed the Taiwan boat for AN HOUR…and to be sprayed more than 50 bullets…most of it in the cabin area, killing Mr. Hung…not the engine daw to disable it…at saka nga BAKEEEET lumayas ang PCG…could it be they realized THEY were in Taiwan territory, afterall?

    And to try to conceal the whole thing…? Pnoy is protecting his dearest Jun Abaya, the DOTC Sec…di ba siya yung “bumili” sa 188 congressmen to oust Corona…ah, kaya pala walang investigation…KKKK pala kasi….

    Tuwid na paa na nga ang Pilipinas…

    • AlexanderAmproz

      Administration stupid minded and corrupt isn’t new, why to blame P-Noy, they are a rotten colonial administration victim’s ?

      • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        because it boiled over in his watch.

      • AlexanderAmproz

        Much worst under any other administration.

  • maya11

    Taiwan is using this unfortunate incident to blackmail the Philippines into agreeing to a fisheries agreement. Taiwan’s fishing grounds are all but depleted that is why it needs an agreement so that Taiwanese fishermen can “legally” poach in Philippine waters once again.

    The reason why the Indonesian said they were in Philippine waters because he could see plenty of tuna is this — in 2010, the Philippines was the Top 5 fish producing country in the world.

    There is still plenty of fish in the Philippines because fishing here is regulated and most local fishermen follow the law even if it is a periodic fishing ban to allow the fishes to repopulate. Taiwanese fishermen know only how to poach.

    In 1991, Philippines and Taiwan had an agreement. In that agreement, the Philippines allowed Taiwanese fishing vessels to pass through Philippine waters on its way to the Pacific fishing grounds.

    In 1998, the Philippines made the unilateral move to scrap that agreement because it was found out that instead of just passing through Philippine waters, the Taiwanese fishermen took the “passage only” agreement as also “poach at will” agreement.

    So, the Taiwanese were allowed to pass through Philippine property as a matter of courtesy, and what do they do in response to that act of kindness? They stop and steal things in that property. And they stole in bulk a.k.a. poach.

    As for the coast guard video footage of the incident…
    In all likelihood, the reason that the video has not yet been released to the public is because the NBI investigation is still on-going. Although Sec. de Lima did hint that there was overwhelming evidence. As to what, that remains to be seen.

    And I do hope that MECO Chairman Amadeo Perez and MECO Sec. (?) Antonio Basilio get sacked after this incident. It seemed like they were working for the TECO instead of MECO. Parang yung dating ambassador sa Tsina na nagsabi on his own and without informing the Executive Department nuon na i-gi-give up ang claim ng Pilipinas sa disputed territory sa West Phil Sea.

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