Manila to apologize for Taiwan fisherman’s death—daughter

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Taiwan government experts along with National Bureau of Investigation personnel are onboard the Philippine Coast Guard’s (PCG) patrol boat Maritime Control Surveillance 3001, the patrol boat used by PCG when the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman happened, docked at a pier in Manila on May 28, 2013.  AFP FILE PHOTO

TAIPEI — The Philippines will send a special envoy to Taiwan to apologize for the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman, his daughter said Monday, signalling a potential breakthrough in a major row.

The remarks sparked hopes that the conciliatory move, if realized, could ease the strained relationship between Taipei and Manila following the shooting of 65-year-old Hung Shih-cheng on May 9 in disputed waters.

“The Filipino side has agreed to apologize to us in a public manner,” Hung Tzu-ching, the fisherman’s daughter, told reporters in Pingtung city, adding that the agreement was made with lawyers authorized by the Filipino government.

“They have agreed to send a special envoy (over the matter)… we insist the representative must represent the Filipino government. They will let us know in advance who will be appointed. If we feel the designated representative is OK, then the time will be decided,” she said.

Officials at Manila’s Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, the Philippines de facto embassy in Taiwan, were not immediately available for comment.

A presidential spokeswoman in Manila said she had no immediate confirmation of the move.

Taiwan’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Anna Kao said the dispute was being processed through diplomatic channels and the results would be released when “the timing becomes mature.”

Hung Shih-cheng was fired upon by a Filipino coastguard vessel while fishing in waters of an economic zone claimed both by Taiwan and the Philippines.

He died on board his ship which was also carrying his son and two other sailors at the time.

The killing caused outrage and protests in Taiwan, with President Ma Ying-jeou describing it as “cold-blooded murder” as Taipei responded with sanctions and navy drills.

Ma also insisted Manila offer a formal apology and compensation, apprehend those to blame and launch talks on the fishing industry.

A Filipino envoy had previously flown to Taipei to deliver an apology but it was rejected because Taiwanese authorities insisted he was not authorized by the Filipino government to do so.

The Philippine coastguard initially claimed that the fishing boat intruded into its waters, and that its personnel were forced to open fire when it tried to ram their vessel.

However Philippine investigators have since recommended filing criminal charges against the coastguard members who fired on the boat.

Taiwan and the Philippines have conducted separate investigations into the incident, but the findings have not yet been released.

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  • Punyëtero»Ka

    Just popped a dvd I got from the bargain bin at Walmart, title is “Pork Chop Hill”. First scene shows a Chinese propagandist thru a loudspeaker exhorting the Americans “You want peace, we want peace, lay down your arms. We are friends, yadi, yada”. Had to stop it because the wife was looking at me strangely because I was laughing so hard & she had no clue I just got off the computer sparring with the trolls probably started by the same guy if he survived! Watch the movie, see how similar the methods used by the PLA there compared to their style here.

    • Penny Lane

      i thought you like XXX videos?

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Like watching PLA get their arses kicked too, mothefocker!!

      • Chihuahua

        Maybe there is also the pcg video on sale at your bargain wall mart bin, watch ma call it?

  • Rejenal Pang

    Hello what is the punishment for those asshole.how long U can hold on ?
    don’t forget the compensation too

    • Punyëtero»Ka

      Pang palito ka lang. Kulamin ka ni Chiang Kai Shek nyan, 5th columnist!!

  • Rejenal Pang

    what’s up…?
    your government is going to have a appropriate apologize .
    U can stop your Jackal attitude right here right now.
    bla bla bla is not going to save your face

    • hagakhak

      no need to apologise! let it be. no more filipinos in taiwan. i don’t like taiwan too!!!

  • ozkid

    Any non Filipinos who crosses the country’s TODAS LINE won’t be spared. Sorry…

  • Penny Lane

    The latest headline news: Filipino math aces top Singapore tilt with 23 golds, 45 silvers, 93 bronzes – but wait, Filipino Chinese? Yes, majority of the contestants are Tsinoy kids from Chinese private schools around the country. Yes, they are proud to be representing the Philippines as Filipinos competing against other nations including China.

    • Punyëtero»Ka

      Any slit-eyed person, you claim to be Chinese. You’re more humorous with your spirit-destiny crap you try to foist, mothefocker!

      • Penny Lane

        oh here you are again? now what is the fuss this time. sorry, i ask erap again, but he just replied back …watch ma call it?

      • Punyëtero»Ka

        Better ask your mom & sister & as I said in the other article, dunk them in creoline! Now my dog is growling at me for the stink he suffered banging them!

      • Chihuahua

        Omg you are also a sex maniac among your many vices like nuts, xxx videos, etc. so what is the big fuss again? Watch ma call it?

      • Chihuahua

        Ha ha ha… I did the same thing too and he replied back with the same answer…..watch ma call it!

  • Chihuahua

    Pop the video on for all the world to see once and for all. Bet it will be an instant YouTube hit sensation. Perhaps more YouTube like than psy gamdam?

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