3 Filipino fishers hit by storm to be repatriated from Taiwan—PCG

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MANILA, Philippines—The government will repatriate shortly three Filipino fishermen who were rescued Saturday by Taiwanese coast guard about 80 nautical miles off Kaohsiung port in southern Taiwan days after they were caught in storm last week, the spokesman of the Philippine Coast Guard said Monday.

Commander Armand Balilo, also chief of the PCG Public Affairs Office, told the Inquirer on Monday that they were “coordinating with the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (in Taipei) for the repatriation of the rescued fishermen.”

He identified the fishermen as Ronald Dumaran, Edwin Zoilo and Gener Mendoza, all residents of Sta. Ana, Cagayan.

Citing a report from the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office in Makati City, Balilo said the fishermen “encountered a storm last July 15.”

“On board a fishing boat, they drifted for five days until they were rescued by a Taiwanese Coast Guard vessel,” he said.  “They are in good condition and currently under the custody of the TCG in Kaohsiung.”

However, “another Filipino fishing boat (with an undisclosed number of crew) is still missing,” said Balilo.

In May, a Philippine fisheries patrol vessel manned by the PCG shot at a Taiwanese fishing boat near Balintang Channel in northern Philippines.

The PCG had admitted that its personnel shot at the vessel in an incident that left Taiwanese fisherman Hung Shih-chen dead.

The Coast Guard shrugged off an Inquirer report that the National Bureau of Investigation had recommended the filing of criminal charges against its personnel who were involved in Hung’s death, which sparked a diplomatic row between

“It’s not yet final,” Balilo said, adding that the PCG was “still waiting for the official communication on the matter” from the NBI.

Seventeen PCG personnel were interviewed by the NBI and a team of investigators from Taiwan on the shooting incident that happened during a chase off Balintang Channel on May 9.

Rear Admiral Rodolfo Isorena, Coast Guard commandant, said the PCG would respect the NBI’s findings, adding: “If our men are found to have violated the Coast Guard rules of engagement, then they would have to face the consequences of their actions.

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  • kanoy

    HUMMM WILL TAIWAN EXECUTE THESE 3 FILIPINO POACHERS CAUGHT IN TAIWANESE WATERS OR SIMPLY SENTENCE AND FINE THEM?
    Balilo asserted “it’s not yet final.”

    On Monday, he said they were “still waiting for the official communication on the matter” from the NBI….Balilo asserted “it’s not yet final.”

    TAIWAN SHOULD KEEP THESE 3 IN CUSTODY UNTIL IT IS FINAL

    • Guest

      pathetic

      • 3xposed

        It is pathetic how the Aquino administration has yet to respond. NBI completed and submitted their findings eons ago. Guess the plan is to hope by keeping mum, the issue will go away.

      • HIXO

        maybe our government already made a respond but was not made public…

      • kanoy

        IF IT HAD TAIWAN WOULD HAVE MADE IT PUBLIC

      • Andrew PC

        Going by Philippines typical mindset…if Philippine was in the right, she would have trumpeted the findings to the whole world, being a pretender she is, right ?…apparently she did not as you said or guessed…are you implying that Philippine admitted (timidly and quietly though) that she was in the wrong ! ?

      • HIXO

        you never know what happen behind the curtains… its better for us to be blind than to know everythiing…

      • Andrew PC

        Ya…when you are in the wrong, right ? …ha..ha..

      • Hugo.

        no, it will not go away.

  • reddfrog

    Fortunately the fishermen weren’t shot for “poaching” kuno.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      to bad they werent poaching redd as in china frog. one less commie agent in the world.

      • reddfrog

        Intellectual vomit from the crazy donkey. Bwahahahaha!

      • Crazy_horse101010

        you dont even know what the word intellectual means comrade it isnt in the chinese dictionary thats wht the red guards killed millions of them because they couldnt understand anyone with a brain. comrade. and its funny a brainwashed clone talking about intelligence which everyone knows you havent. and better a donkey than a ugly redd as in china hog. run back to your girlfriends in the sty comrade. HAWHAWHAWHAWHAW OINK PIGGY

      • reddfrog

        Moreexplosive diarrhea from you crazy donkey. If you have nothing to contribute donkey, bett just shut up, or go to the entertainment section and read about gays. Bwahahahahahahahahaa!

      • Crazy_horse101010

        what fat ugly redd hog, and are you think you are going to make me shut up. bring it on comrade. i would love to see that. and why go read about you in the gay section, i get enough of you here. . and look at you and what you contribute. everyone hates you except your commie buddies you are nothing but a poor commie brainwasher. diarrhea mouth. better crazy than a commie backstabber. comrade now that is crazy.. anyway keyboard coward shut me up HAWHAWHAWHAWHAWHAWHAW COMMIE LOSER

  • Arnee

    They should repatriate them because there are considerable number of Taiwanese commercial fishing vessels poaching in our waters compared to meager number of small boats of Filipino fishermen which barely dare the strong waves in that contested area. In short, it is not in their interest to coerce our government in doing the same in our waters.

  • judefawley

    This is how the Taiwanese repay our Coast Guard’s action towards their own fishermen few months ago. The Taiwanese Coast Guard could have executed them right there in the sea and we could not do anything about it. Instead, the Taiwanese Coast Guard rescued them. Thank you Taiwan and forgive us, especially our Coast Guard’s stupid mistake.

    • kanoy

      YES THEY COULD HAVE KILLED THEM BUT INSTEAD THEY CHOSE TO OBEY THE RULE OF LAW–YOU DO NOT-CAN NOT SHOOT UNARMED MEN WHO ARE NO THREAT TO YOU–THAT IS CALLED MURDER

      • BatangSingapore

        except if someone wanted to ram.

      • Andrew PC

        ram ?..only those with pea-sized brain will believe this nonsensical lie by the Philippine so-called “macho” arm forces….a much smaller unarmed fishing boat “wanted” to ram a much bigger lethally armed patrol boat ?….very typical Philippines..ha..ha..

      • BatangSingapore

        hahahhahaha kailan pa nagkaroon ng lethal patrol boat ang PCG? napaka tonto mo naman. kaya nga ang lakas ng loob ng taiwan fishing vessel na bangain ang PCG ay akala nila masisindak nila ang maliit na bangka ng huli. ayan tuloy nalagasan ang mga taiwanese sa katangahan at kahambugan nila hahahahahhaha MABUTI NGA!

  • boybakal

    What a Human act by the Taiwanese….they treat our fishermen human.
    Whereas our Coast Guard killed the Taiwanese, they treat them like fish.

  • dequis

    Dapat ang gastos ng kanilang repatriation pabayaran sa mga mangingisda na iyan, total mahal naman ang huli nilang isda pati galunglong

    • BatangSingapore

      wala kang alam sa repatriation rules ano? hahahhahahaha magtanim ka muna kamote tsaka ka sumagot sa akin ok.

      • dequis

        tarantado, pakialam mo sa comment ko. baka gusto mo ng away, ano? gusto mo tagpo tayo, sige banggit ka kahit saang lugar sa maynila pupuntahan kita. mano mano lang. eto: maliit lang ako 5’2 and a half, baka malaki ka sige tingnan natin kung makakuha ka ng advantage sa size mo. gusto mo sa isang lrt o mrt station tayo sige banggit ka kahit saan at kelan, pupuntahan kita. tignan natin magaling ka magsalita eh. ano? baka katawan mo ang pagtamnan ko ng kamote tarantado ka

      • blue_lights

        nakupo! relax lang diyan mga brod, wag tayo magpatayan. Mami-miss tayo ng mga mahal sa buhay pagka ganyan…

  • igo_rot

    They were not fishing in Taiwan area, they are in distress situation. Unlike those Taiwanese fishermen and ships who are stealling fish and black sands around the Batanes group of islands.

  • Rejenal Pang

    Taiwan coast guard are civilize unlike the barbarian Philippines coast guard

  • Steve Lo

    If Taiwanese fishing boat was to hit by storm and floated in PH water, they would’ve been, shot, arrested and fined.

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