Taiwan agrees with NBI on homicide charges vs PCG personnel, officers


Chen Wen-chi (left), from Taiwan’s Ministry of Justice of the Department of International and Cross-Strait Legal Affairs, listens as Chen Ming-tang, deputy minister of Taiwan’s Justice Ministry, speaks while holding a picture showing a bullet found in the fishing vessel after it was attacked by Philippine coastguards, killing a Taiwanese fisherman, during a press conference in Taipei. AFP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Taiwan has expressed its agreement with the investigation report of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) shooting incident that recommended the filing of homicide charges against those responsible for the death of a Taiwanese fisherman last May.

“The Taiwanese government expresses affirmation of this recommendation as a constructive response to the incident,” Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said in a statement Thursday after the NBI released its findings.

“Taiwan hopes to see the case appropriately resolved through the Philippines’ positive and concrete response to its four demands, thus returning bilateral ties to normal,” it said.

Taiwan demanded an apology from the Philippine government, as well as compensation for the family of the slain fisherman, Hong Shi-cheng.

It also called for an investigation and subsequent prosecution of those responsible and bilateral talks to prevent such incidents from happening in the future.

NBI Director Nonnatus Rojas said in a press conference Wednesday that they are recommending homicide charges against eight PCG personnel and four officers for obstruction of justice because they tampered with the evidence.

The incident took place last May 9 when the PCG encountered the Taiwanese fishing boat Guan Ta Hsin 28 off the Balintang Island in waters claimed by both the Philippines and Taiwan.

The PCG claimed the Taiwanese boat had intruded into Philippine waters and refused to stop even after being warned several times. The PCG also claimed that the Taiwanese boat had attempted to ram their ship prompting them fire at it in self-defense.

NBI however said there was no evidence of the attempted ramming and that the PCG personnel had “wrongfully applied” deadly force since there was no imminent threat.

“The Taiwanese government has taken a proactive, firm and rational approach in ongoing talks with the Philippine government to obtain justice for the victim’s family, protect the interests of fishermen and defend the country’s dignity and position regarding the incident,” MOFA said in its statement.

“Amadeo Perez Jr., chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office, said he will visit Taiwan on behalf of President Benigno Aquino III to provide a full account of the efforts the Philippine government has made regarding the case, in the hopes of mending Taiwan-Philippine relations,” it said.

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  • warillaman

    Why are we apologising to this chinks??
    why are they charging homicide to our coastguard who is only doing their job???
    If they are to be indicted, should they charge the captain of that boat for risking his fishermen poaching in another country’s territory???
    why are this chinks blaming our country when it was the skipper of this boat who cause the death of this old man???
    What are the findings of this chinks investigations???
    Should we bow down to this chinks who is the cause of their old man being accidentally shot???
    if this is is diliberate shooting or murder, logic says, all the others would have been shot and killed and sink the boat!!!!!

    • Rejenal Pang

      Do U want wars?
      your enforcement killing civilian with massive weapons in the overlapping EEZ carrying the national flags is an act of wars .they are not doing their jobs .they are lunatics and killer. And that’s why your government have to apologized .
      your coast guard put your country in limbo
      imaging your pcg doing these to those country that they will retaliate like Israel or America

      I really don’t know are U nuts or dump…the killing occur between 2 country’s EEZ and the fishing boat never enter Philippines water
      Taiwan charging those killer because they offend the law of Taiwan as well .Philippines not necessary to surrender those killers to Taiwan but if they left Philippines and going somewhere having treaty with Taiwan.they will be charge with murder

      • warillaman

        do you really think you retards are capable of war??? he,he,he,he, you have no balls in starting one, all you do is bully with no balls, you are only good in killing, maiming, decapitating your own people, your slaves, you have no balls in declaring war to other countries.
        As for your idiot chinks taiwan, you have been killing silently the malay owners of that island, marginalizing them, and that is your law??? poaching and stealing in my country’s territory is not an offence to you, he,he,he, had we poach and steal in your territory and tries to ram your coastguard boat of course you will just run and dock in your port while we steal your fish, he,he,he,he,
        idiot stupid chinks, he,he,he,he,

      • JustInCase

        Offending someone or other country with verbal violence did not hurt the person or the country that you are trying to belittle. The things that were shown through this action is that either you can not control yourself or you are under-educated. You better stop doing things like that and try to think like a reasonable person.

        It is said that most of the Philippines are christian, so that I assumed that you believed in God too. I am sure that your God did not teach you to do things this way.

      • warillaman

        retard chink, offending your kind is the only thing I can do,and it is always hurting you, he,he,he,he,
        I am christian and I believe in god, but retard chinks don’t believe in god, slaved since king, kang, kong emperors to present commie regime, so don’t preach me about god when you yourself don’t believe in it, chink.

      • JustInCase

        Poor guy. It is quite clear that I am talking of ice to a butterfly. So I’d better not say anything more. May your “GOD” bless you soul.

      • warillaman

        he,he,he, poor retard chink, resorting to my belief for offending a retarded race subdued since king, kang, kong, emperors to present commie masters who knows nothing but steal other country’s design products and bully small countries and no balls to invade just good in killing, dicapitating, and making slaves of their own. he,he,he,

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