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‘PH coast guards laughed while firing’

Video of sea incident ‘embarrassing’ for PH

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It looked like hoot, with six coast guards laughing as they fired at the Taiwanese fishing boat.

“The video showed the soldiers acted unprofessionally. They were laughing while they were shooting the boat,” a source who had seen the video of the Philippine Coast Guard shooting of fishing boat Guang Ta Hsin 28 three weeks ago said Saturday.

“It is disturbing and embarrassing for Philippine law enforcers,” the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Inquirer in an interview.

Taiwanese fisherman Hung Shih-chen, 65, was hit and killed in the shooting, which happened during a high-speed chase in waters off Balintang Island in northern Philippines on May 9.

The source said the Coast Guard submitted the video to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) after President Benigno Aquino III ordered an investigation of the fatal shooting of Hung, which sparked a major diplomatic row between Taiwan and the Philippines.

It was the video that Justice Secretary Leila de Lima described two weeks ago as “very revealing,” but did not disclose its contents.

But that it was very revealing was probably why the Department of Justice initially refused to share the video with Taiwanese investigators, delaying clearance from Taipei for an NBI team to travel to Taiwan to investigate the fatal shooting of Hung.

Not until De Lima allowed the video to be seen by Taiwanese investigators did the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (Teco), Taiwan’s de facto embassy in Manila, give visas to the eight members of the NBI team.

The source said the video showed the fishing boat, after sailing side by side with the MCS-3001, a patrol vessel owned by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources but manned by coast guards, peeled away and moved in “circles, as if daring the (Coast Guard vessel to come after it.”

Not raked with gunfire

Contrary to reports, the source said, the coast guards did not rake the fishing boat with gunfire.

“They did not spray it with bullets, but they were laughing as they fired at the fishing boat,” the source said.

The coast guards aimed for what they thought was the engine room to stop the boat, the source said.

But the NBI inspection of the fishing boat at the dockyard on Pingtung Island, southern Taiwan, showed no bullet holes on any part of the engine room.

“There were no bullet holes on the engine room probably because (the coast guards) did not know its location,” the source said.

Two other sources who had seen the video confirmed the statements of the first source.

According to the Coast Guard report on the incident, Cmdr. Arnold de la Cruz, the patrol vessel’s commander, “ordered his men to fire at the fishing vessel when it did not stop after several warnings.”

Philippine waters

One of the two other sources who had seen the video said the shooting happened on the Philippine side, not on the Taiwan side, of overlapping territorial waters between the two countries.

The NBI and Taiwanese investigators ended their parallel probes of the incident on Friday, with the NBI team saying its report would be ready in a “day or two.”

De Lima said the government’s next step would depend on the NBI report, which would contain recommendations.

She said Philippine laws would be followed should the NBI recommend the prosecution of the coast guards involved in the shooting.

Murder charges

The fisherman’s daughter, Hung Tzu-chen, filed murder charges, but did not name anyone in her complaint.

Taiwanese investigators told a news conference on Friday that they could identify the coast guard who fired the bullet that killed Hung through the results of the ballistic tests on the firearms submitted for the probe.

The Taiwanese investigative team returned to Taipei on Friday.

The NBI team, headed by Daniel Daganzo, chief of the bureau’s foreign liaison division, returned to Manila on the same day.


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  • Ilihanboy

    Talking Points:
    1. Whatever disposition those Coast guards were at the time of shooting…whether they were laughing or not, doesnt matter from the point of view of proprietness or professionalism.
    2. But from the point of instilling fear at the illegal fishermen and poachers, I would rather that the Coast Guards were laughing insanely. And we would like a big signboard AT THE GATES OF HELL with this advice “BE CAREFUL POACHERS. FISHING IN PHILIPPINE WATERS IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS TO YOUR HEALTH.”
    3. If those Taiwanese still insist on fishing in our territory or even near it, they may do so AT THEIR OWN RISK. WE WILL DIE LAUGHING IF NEED BE !

    • V字龍(Vdragon)

      According to UNCLOS PART II SECTION 2 ARTICLE 3[1], the breadth of the state’s TERRITORIAL SEA is up to a limit not exceeding 12 nautical miles, measured from BASELINE of the country.

      The incident’s location, +19° 58′, +122° 58′ is NOT in Philippines TERRITORIAL SEA as defined in UNCLOS.

      According to UNCLOS PART V ARTICLE 57[1], the breadth of EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE shall not extend beyond 200 nautical miles from the BASELINES from which the breadth of the TERRITORIAL SEA is measured.

      The incident’s location, +19° 58′, +122° 58′ is in BOTH Taiwan and Philippines’s EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE(44 NM to Philippines and 140 NM to Taiwan)

      Fishing in country’s EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE is TOTALLY LEGAL and is NOT poaching!

      Stupid commenters can’t read LAW, can’t judge with COMMON SENSE, and totally make themselves embarassing on the WORLD WIDE WEB!

      According to UNCLOS Part V Article73[1]
      Enforcement of laws and regulations of the coastal State

      1. The coastal State may, in the exercise of its sovereign rights to explore, exploit, conserve and manage the living resources in the exclusive economic zone, take such measures, including BOARDING, INSPECTION, ARREST and JUDICIAL PROCEEDINGS, as may be necessary to ensure compliance with the laws and regulations adopted by it in conformity with this Convention.

      2. Arrested vessels and their crews shall be PROMPTLY RELEASED upon the posting of reasonable bond or other security.

      3. Coastal State penalties for violations of fisheries laws and regulations in the exclusive economic zone MAY NOT include IMPRISONMENT, in the absence of agreements to the contrary by the States concerned, or any other form of corporal punishment.

      4. In cases of arrest or detention of foreign vessels the coastal State shall promptly notify the flag State, through appropriate channels, of the action taken and of any penalties subsequently imposed.

      While Taiwan can’t sign UNCLOS easily, we FOLLOWS it.
      While Philippine indeed signed UNCLOS, you BREAKS it.
      GUN SHOOTING TO UNARMED IN BOTH COUNTRY’S OVERLAPPING EEZ IS TOTALLY ILLEGAL

      • Marx Louis Wang

        Your arguments say that Batanes Islands belong to Taiwan???? Are you dreaming? How much did they pay you to post this propagandist comments of yours?

      • Linda Lee

        I think he did not say Batanes Islands belong to Taiwan. Batanes Islands plus the 12+12 nm territory waters belong to Philippines. That’s clear. But this incident happened outside of this 12+12 nm territory waters of Philippines, therefore, his comments about EEZ zone applied.

      • Marx Louis Wang

        I don’t care about 12+12. Check this in maps(dot)google(dot)com:

        longitude and latitude google maps

        then search for +19° 58′ 00.00″, +122° 58′ 00.00″

        And you will see what I mean inside Philippine territory.

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        To those stupid kids believe all sea surround by their island is theirs:
        According to UNCLOS PART II SECTION 2 ARTICLE 3[1], the breadth of the state’s TERRITORIAL SEA is up to a limit not exceeding 12 nautical miles, measured from BASELINE of the country.

        The incident’s location, +19° 58′, +122° 58′ is NOT in Philippines TERRITORIAL SEA as defined in UNCLOS.

      • alex ca

        linda lee you know how to use map? You must have one….and see for yourself……

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        h t t p : / / i . i m m . i o / 1 6 x e J . j p e g

        Here is the map ;)
        I’ve kindly match Philippines baseline for you.

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        What sentence in my argument say that Batanes Islands belong to Taiwan? It only means that the area, +19° 58′, +122° 58′ is NOT in Philippines TERRITORIAL SEA.

        Learn how to READ UNCLOS!

      • BatangSingapore

        FYI, it is not an area but rather a coordinate.

        you making palusot.

        translation: your argument is only effective with your fellow chinese.

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        I very sure I wrote English ;)
        Seems that pretty many commenters can’t even read it LOL

      • BatangSingapore

        stick to your mathematical argument. dont be afraid i will help you solve that complicated arithmetic of yours.

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        Which part of the arguments say that “Batanes Islands belong to Taiwan”? Please point it out;)

      • BatangSingapore

        Taiwan belongs to Batanes, as per your argument.

      • Marx Louis Wang

        It didn’t say that. What I am questioning is that if what they say that they where fishing legally, then they assume they own Batanes Islands.

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        Why does fishing is legal or not related with island ownership?

        UNCLOS defined that using marine resources(including fishing) in a country’s EEZ is legal, that’s why they are legal.

      • BatangSingapore

        your very stupid and so retarded analysis. if your counting based on EEZ it simply means that we Philippines owned Taiwan and vice versa. hahahahahhahahaha.

        44 NM + 140 NM is only 188NM (less than 200NM that was set by UNCLOS). divided it by 2, you will have 94NM and that is our boundary. SIMPLE AS THAT, I THOUGH CHINESE DISCOVER ABACUS!

        STOP EATING TURTLES AND SHARKS so that you can do simple arithmetic in the future.

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        EEZ is not TERRITORIAL SEA and does not OCCUPY any land, you stupid audience!

        According to UNCLOS PART II SECTION 2 ARTICLE 3[1], the breadth of the state’s TERRITORIAL SEA is up to a limit not exceeding 12 nautical miles, measured from BASELINE of the country.

        According to UNCLOS PART V ARTICLE 57[1], the breadth of EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE shall not extend beyond 200 nautical miles from the BASELINES from which the breadth of the TERRITORIAL SEA is measured.

        READ AND LEARN OCEAN LAW BEFORE SPREADING THE EVIDENCE OF YOUR LOW IQ, thanks ;)

      • BatangSingapore

        did i wrote the word “LAND”? hahahhahahahhaha

        tell your fellow taiwanese that we owned you pier and shoreline because UNCLOS said so.

        again STOP EATING TURTLES AND SHARKS and it will help you improve in arithmetic.

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        EEZ didn’t occupy TERRITORIAL SEA, stupid kid.

        Only people can’t READ LAW violates LAW ;)

      • BatangSingapore

        now it shortened your reply. hahahhahahahhaha
        give me again your numbers, degrees, minutes, seconds and let us do arithmetic. HAY TANGA.

        dont be afraid i dont eat chinese. LOL

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        I’ll spare my words on stupid people, thanks;)

      • BatangSingapore

        hahahhahahahhahaha
        can’t argue no more?

    • Marx Louis Wang

      You are right there, we can do anything in our very own backyard. Ask Nancy, the engot reporter, if she really needs to report laughing crap.

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        “We can do anything in our very own backyard” by stupid commenter “Maulou Wang” on Inquirer Global Nation, great logic!
        Backuped for you :)

        What about those innocent OFWs in Taiwan? Do they deserved being treated like that?

      • Marx Louis Wang

        Are they poaching and intruding? They are working according to your standards and they have nothing to do with the incident. The problem with you is you mix business with different stuff.

      • Guest

        According to UNCLOS PART V ARTICLE 57[1], the breadth of EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE shall not extend beyond 200 nautical miles from the BASELINES from which the breadth of the TERRITORIAL SEA is measured.

        The incident’s location, +19° 58′, +122° 58′ is in BOTH Taiwan and Philippines’s EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE(44 NM to Philippines and 140 NM to Taiwan)

        Fishing in country’s EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE is TOTALLY LEGAL and is NOT poaching!

      • BatangSingapore

        stop writing numbers if you dont know what it means.

        for your information and additional knowledge it was called COORDINATE and not location. hahhahahahhahahha

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        coordinate n.
        A set of numbers that describes your location on or above the earth. Coordinates are typically based on latitude/longitude lines of reference or a global/regional grid projection (e.g., UTM, MGRS, Maidenhead).

        Oh, I assume someone need to relearn their English (LOL)

      • BatangSingapore

        ok sige location na lang tawag natin diyan sa number mo hahahhahahahahha.

        translation: stupidity is free.

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        To IGN disqus moderator, please remove the above comment, thanks in advance!

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        According to UNCLOS PART V ARTICLE 57[1], the breadth of EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE shall not extend beyond 200 nautical miles from the BASELINES from which the breadth of the TERRITORIAL SEA is measured.

        The incident’s location, +19° 58′, +122° 58′ is in BOTH Taiwan and Philippines’s EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE(44 NM to Philippines and 140 NM to Taiwan)

        Fishing in country’s EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE is TOTALLY LEGAL and is NOT poaching!

      • alex ca

        illegally entering Philippine water innocent? And now what? That his fate…..

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        According to UNCLOS PART II SECTION 2 ARTICLE 3[1], the breadth of the state’s TERRITORIAL SEA is up to a limit not exceeding 12 nautical miles, measured from BASELINE of the country.

        The incident’s location, +19° 58′, +122° 58′ is NOT in Philippines TERRITORIAL SEA as defined in UNCLOS.

        h t t p : / / i . i m m . i o / 1 6 x e J . j p e g

        According to UNCLOS PART V ARTICLE 57[1], the breadth of EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE shall not extend beyond 200 nautical miles from the BASELINES from which the breadth of the TERRITORIAL SEA is measured.

        The incident’s location, +19° 58′, +122° 58′ is in BOTH Taiwan and Philippines’s EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE(44 NM to Philippines and 140 NM to Taiwan)

        Fishing in the country’s EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE is TOTALLY LEGAL and is NOT poaching!

  • joboni96

    black propaganda
    ng taiwanese

  • hu_yu

    Nancy Carvajal must be feeling stupid right now.

    • V字龍(Vdragon)

      As the Chinese proverb “問心無愧”, there’s nothing to feeling stupid if you really telling the TRUTH.

      Make the video public and see who’s really stupid.

      • hu_yu

        what video are you talking about sir? :)

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        The video Philippines government demand not show to the public during investigation :)

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        Since Nancy’s report is based on the video, make that video public for everyone see what’s really going on ;)

      • hu_yu

        sorry i dont have the video sir…. :)

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        Philippines government have it, if you’re a resident of Philippines you should demand your government to make public of all evidences.

      • hu_yu

        sorry sir i live in taiwan

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        那為何說這位記者 stupid 呢?

  • PurpleDaisy13

    Philippine Coast Guards smiling and laughing while firing their guns at unarmed civilians. Absolute EVIL.

    Why do people here continue to defend these evil PCG criminals?

    • Marx Louis Wang

      That is Absolute LIE!!! Baloney!!! Truth: 28,000 killed in Formosa in 1947!!!

      • PurpleDaisy13

        This is about PCG who shot an unarmed fisherman dead while smiling in 2013. Your stories of 1947 is irrelevant Ms. Wang.

      • alex ca

        wooo crying Taiwanese….waaaaaa!!!

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    • Pedring2

      I salute the PCG for a job well done. Please PCG, do the same when the thieves resist arrest – more so if they are Chinese or Taiwanese repeat offenders.

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        According to UNCLOS PART V ARTICLE 57[1], the breadth of EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE shall not extend beyond 200 nautical miles from the BASELINES from which the breadth of the TERRITORIAL SEA is measured.

        The incident’s location, +19° 58′, +122° 58′ is in BOTH Taiwan and Philippines’s EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE(44 NM to Philippines and 140 NM to Taiwan)

        Fishing in the country’s EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE is TOTALLY LEGAL and is NOT poaching!

      • ASA KAPA

        unclos…is Taiwan part of that?

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        UNCLOS is the law Philippines signed, ratified, and breaks during this incident.
        The issue is on whether Philippines is part of it or not, not Taiwan.

        There’s still other ways to determine whether fair use of the marine resources instead of UNCLOS, although Taiwan can’t sign it easily, we still followed it against illegal foreign fishers NOT USING EXCESSIVE WEAPON ON THEM.

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        UNCLOS is a LAW defining state’s right on the surrounding ocean area. Philippines had SIGNED and RATIFIED it but VIOLATED it in this incident. There’s nothing relate to Taiwan, just Philippines.

      • ASA KAPA

        hmm your sentences are incomprehensible
        anyone mind translating?

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        You shouldn’t stay here any minute and go to an English class ;)

      • ASA KAPA

        no should be the other way around
        I guess no one can’t translate
        hmm wait does taiwan have an eez if its not a country that signed the unclos?

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        EEZ is only ONE OF THE COMMON PRACTICES to determine fishing in that area is legal or not.

        Philippines signed and ratified UNCLOS so Philippines thinks is the right way, then Philippines has NO EXCUSE on why other countries declared & fish in their country’s own EEZ, following UNCLOS laws, is poaching.

        According to your point, since Taiwan didn’t sign UNCLOS, why Taiwan should care YOUR EEZ?

        We DO care so we followed, and so do Philippines government to followed it NOT attack against UNARMED PEOPLE.

      • ASA KAPA

        the government might have cared but it seems like the fishermen didn’t so they got shot

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        According to UNCLOS PART V ARTICLE 57[1], the breadth of EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE shall not extend beyond 200 nautical miles from the BASELINES from which the breadth of the TERRITORIAL SEA is measured.

        The incident’s location, +19° 58′, +122° 58′ is in BOTH Taiwan and Philippines’s EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE(44 NM to Philippines and 140 NM to Taiwan)

        Fishing in the country’s EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE is TOTALLY LEGAL and is NOT poaching!

      • PinoyPride

        I think you should stop embarrassing yourself with your ignorance. Most countries if not all, recognize that UNCLOS codifies customary international law, albeit to varying extents. Even the US which has not signed or ratified the convention recognizes this fact. In case you have no understanding of how customary international laws work, there is no need to sign or ratify customary international laws in order to be bound by them. By saying that Taiwan does not have an EEZ just because it has not signed UNCLOS just shows that you have no understanding of what UNCLOS is in the first place.

      • Patikotiko

        another========== 50 Cents Party

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  • hu_yu

    from Nancy Carvajal’s twitter : “My sources standing by the content of the video.the word disgusting was used to describe it”

    DA FUQ

    • $31894643

      NC can tweet a million times but it’s still HEARSAY.

      • V字龍(Vdragon)

        The video is confidential during investigation, no one can report a “non-hearsay” unless the video is made to public.

      • $31894643

        Your point got lost in the translation dude.

  • Gerry

    PLS. LEAVE THE REPORTER ALONE! from the get go, yung ating kulelat na gobyerno ang nag mishandle ng sensitive na issue na ito. Ang ating gobyerno ang managot sa taong bayan! Accountability lies on our government officials who failed to do their jobs starting with PCG and then to those responsible fot the botched diplomacy.

    • $54448326

      dat u NC?

    • JMSCastro

      Kahit paano ko isipin, irresponsible pa rin yung journalism ni Ms. Nancy Carvajal. I can only condone this report if this is an advanced admission by the Philippine government of wrongdoing by the PCG.

      Otherwise, Ms. Nancy Carvajal’s report only muddies the central issues which are of greater importance in this affair.

      Ikaw naman, Gerry, because of the stupidity of the Philippine press, you presume government wrongdoing kaagad – SHAME ON YOU! No one, not the Philippine government, or the Philippine press, deserves a pass with regards to accountability.

      Kaya nga handa akong i-cancel yung subscription namin sa PDI hardcopy if it turns out to be wrong in this affair.

      • Chihuahua

        latest from 3rd party source, The Euro News (from Europe) article titled “Taiwan burnishes regional credentials with measured response to Filipino aggression” . An excerpt from
        this report: “The provocation in question was an unwarranted and ferocious attack on a Taiwanese fishing boat by a Filipino coastguard vessel. A 65-year-old Taiwanese fisherman was sprayed with bullets by the government vessel – whose crew allegedly laughed as they fired – in part of the South China Sea where both countries’ maritime claims overlap”.

        READ the full article, just google Euro News under Taiwan Philippines. Sit back and sip a coffee.

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  • Roo

    They shot almost 300 shots (including about 50 shots on the fishing boat )and they even don’t know where the engine is!!! It will hurt people with so many shots. Do not disguise PCG’s fault.

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  • http://twitter.com/kintoy Boardinggate101.com

    Carvajal is a traitor



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