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Palace: No rush to release NBI findings on sea killing


Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda: No rush. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines is under no compulsion to simultaneously release with Taiwan its report on the May killing of a Taiwanese fisherman, allegedly by Philippine coast guards, in the waters off Batanes, Malacañang said on Wednesday.

“Remember, these are parallel reports. As far as we know, when we are ready to release the report, as the President would order us, we will do so,” said Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda.

According to Lacierda, President Aquino was still reviewing the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) report on the fatal shooting of Taiwanese Hung Shih-chen in the waters off Balintang Channel last May 9.

Video as evidence

Taiwan and the Philippines conducted parallel investigations of the incident that set off a diplomatic row between the two.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has confirmed that the NBI had recommended the filing of criminal and administrative charges against personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) over Hung’s killing.

The NBI has submitted its findings to the Department of Justice after its investigation, which entailed examining the vessels involved in the incident—the Taiwanese fishing boat and the Philippine patrol boat, which is owned by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and manned by PCG personnel.

Evidence included a video of the incident taken by the PCG. The PCG claimed it had acted in self-defense when the Taiwanese fishing boat tried to ram their vessel.

One-China policy

The fatal shooting of Hung sparked outrage in Taiwan. The Taipei government retaliated by freezing the hiring of Filipino workers, suspending Taiwanese travel to the Philippines and holding military drills in disputed waters.

Since the One-China policy prohibits a joint investigation, Taipei and Manila agreed to mount parallel investigations that gave their respective investigators access to witnesses and evidence.

More than a month after the incident, Lacierda said the government was hoping relations between the Philippines and Taiwan would normalize.

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  • sigena

    mabagal magbasa or tamad basahin ang totoo

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Nag-uusap pa ang TW, PH kasama ni Uncle Sam. Para hindi mag-away sa harap ng China.

    Has the video been released?

    • billy gunner

      I think theyr still finding ways to link gloria to the shooting. You know how the palace works…

  • bongarroyo

    bakit naman mamadiliin mga kawatan lang naman sa yamang dagat iyang tsekwang pinatay.

  • diverme

    NBI already recommended the filing of charges against our “bulok” coast guard. Sa alam mo na laman ng report.

  • billy gunner

    Palace withholding information from public. What else is new?

  • RyanE

    I guess the functions of DOJ and NBI should be expanded, and that includes monitoring and patrolling our northern seas near Taiwan. In this manner, they will gain first hand experience and knowledge about the realities out there. I think DOJ and NBI are both becoming unpatriotic.

  • disqusted0fu

    No one expects a rush from the Palace. Since when were they ever in a hurry? Noynoying wasn’t created for nothing. The Palace always goes slow. Often times too slow that nothing happens to the case. Just take the Maguindanao massacre for example, it has hardly taken off.

  • victor1052

    No rush to release findings? Then there will also be no rush in granting working visas to our desperate OFWs. It just show how irresponsible, arrogant and callous our leaders are.

    • PurpleDaisy13

      Bullseye….you hit the nail on the head.

    • foreignerph

      The editing needs some time ;-)

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