Philippines-Taiwan ties returning to normal


Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA—Some Filipino workers are again packing their bags for Taiwan in a sign that the once strained relations between Manila and Taipei are returning to normal.

With Taiwan’s lifting of sanctions against the Philippines following a Philippine apology over the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman three months ago in disputed waters between the Philippines and Taiwan, Malacañang on Friday expressed confidence that relations between the two countries would normalize soon.

“We did get word that they are lifting sanctions, the ones that they levied because of the incident. But then, you know, hopefully this recent development will contribute to the resolution of the issue and then will return relations to normal,” Palace spokeswoman Abigail Valte said in a phone-patch conference with reporters.

The lifting of the ban on the deployment of more Filipino workers, imposed in protest on the fatal shooting of Taiwanese fisherman Hung Shin-chen, was a clear sign of the normalizing relations between the two countries,  said an official of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office, the closest thing to a Philippine embassy in the absence of formal diplomatic relations between Taiwan and the Philippines.

“We have heard from some OFWs that they have been told by their co-workers waiting in Manila that they have been advised to prepare to be deployed,” MECO permanent representative Antonio Basilio said in a text message before flying back to Manila from Taipei.

Basilio, who was part of the MECO delegation that flew to Taipei to deliver the apology to Hung’s family, said they also received a report that the Council of Labor Affairs has begun processing work permits.

Taiwanese Foreign Minister David Lin announced the lifting of all sanctions Thursday night following the visit by MECO officials during which chair Amadeo Perez offered a verbal apology to Hung’s family.

This came a day after the National Bureau of Investigation announced its recommendation to file homicide charges against eight members of the Philippine Coast Guard for the death of Hung, who was killed when the Coast Guard men fired on a Taiwanese fishing boat allegedly poaching in Philippine waters last May 9. Taiwanese prosecutors also filed homicide charges in Taiwan against the eight coast guards.

Both governments conducted parallel investigations into the high-speed chase between a Coast Guard-manned vessel and a Taiwanese fishing boat in the Balintang Channel, which both countries claim as part of their respective territories.

Meanwhile, Valte said the executive department was confident that the Coast Guard personnel would continue to do their job despite observations that the NBI report was a blow to their morale. She said the NBI report was based on evidence presented by all parties.

“And we’re pretty confident that the Coast Guard will continue to be vigilant and will continue to guard our waters to the best of their abilities and that moving forward, they will take measures to ensure that the similar incident does not happen again,” she said.

With the NBI recommendation, Valte said that the next step would be for the Department of Justice to conduct a preliminary investigation.

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  • johnlordphilip

    A learning experience for the PCG that will help them do their job better from now on.

    • walaywalay

      ?? lesson? murder is against the law is a lesson rather than a commandment—thou shalt not kill

      • Bonz Adam


      • Luthmar

        Thou shall not steal, like what the Taiwanese poachers did.

    • Bonz Adam

      The more the better, next time leave no evidence

      • Rejenal Pang

        in the South China Sea ?

      • Bonz Adam

        no dimwit.. in ilog pasig

  • Commentator

    The government should get faster ships, maybe the old coast guard cutter being offered by the Americans. It is big and can intimidate poachers and they are faster than the one used by PCG in Batanes.

    • walaywalay

      lol they was on a 376 triple steel hulled WARSHIP and they feared being sunk by an old wooden hulled fishing boat–we still would be scooping poo out of Manila bay if they saw a Chinese destroyer

      • Bonz Adam

        walay ka talaga tungang hahahaha

  • teevenpolk

    Lol! What happened now, to your High-headedness? After all the hoopla, you came to your senses that you can’t held-up to your pride & dignity!

    • Bonz Adam

      after all the hoopla my dignity is up, even my pride unscratched if you were asking… but high headedness? that wasn’t even in the english dictionary hahahahaha! c’mon can’t you think of a better word to say that will make sense? not unless your kinds hid your heads in your azzes and you call that low headedness? common low mental people keeps popping up.

  • pogiako

    they havent apologize about taiwanese thugs beating up filipino workers there

    • walaywalay

      oh well the RP has not apologized for the murder of the US diplomats husband—-among thousands of others

      • Luthmar

        Who told you RP has not done that. Besides those guys who are involved in the crime are in jail.

    • 馬志豪

      In May,There was a OFW beaten up by a Taiwanese,The perpetrator was a young man,he gave the victim 170000 pesoes as a compensation 3 days later in the police office in hsinchu city.and the Filipino gave the Taiwanese a warm hug.
      The beating was triggered by a bad stare not because of shooting incident on May 9.The perpetrator didn’t know victim’s nationality,too.
      Most Taiwanese are friendly I assure you Taiwan is safe place for foreign workers.

      • Bonz Adam

        Not triggered by a bad stare but by a common low mentality in taiwan

      • Bonz Adam

        and to add, 1 billion nt paid to the family of the taiwanese who commited suicide by playing hide and seek

      • Rejenal Pang

        I billion nt not a big deal

        forgot to ask U how much money your government paid for the fisherman families plus those who lost theit jobs?

      • Luthmar

        If I were the head of my government, you would not get a penny. Your people were caught stealing in our territory. THIEVES

      • Rejenal Pang

        don’t U have enough humiliation

      • Luthmar

        THIEVES will never humiliate us. By the way, a group of your “CIVILIZED” countrymen just got caught in Europe for human trafficking. Not only that, the whole group, including the ones in China got busted. You see, this is where you guys are really good; stealing, cheating and you are all over the world in illegal mining. Most of all, second to Mexico in producing drugs. Need I say more?

      • Rejenal Pang

        Oh yes human trafficking the pygmy girl for sex objects
        besides that both China and Mexico are not famous of producing drugs

        Afghanistan Pakistan Thailand May mar Vietnam Columbia are the famous one
        thiefs will never humilate killers is quite easy to understand

  • StrategicSafe

    Well Done Mr. Ma ( The President of ROC(Taiwan)) !! He set the example how to deal with the PH barbarian acts. Get the idea. Hong Kong? China?

    • .Hugo

      hong kong’s black travel warning to the philippines is still in place, yet as just a city, further diplomatic matters in such level is to be handled by china. and china has been very tough with the philippines, and it can certainly feel the pressure by crying baby to the u.s. and japan.

  • opinyonlangpo

    One may call it lost of face, lost of dignity whatever but the friendship or alliance between these two states is very important economically and politically. It serves a greater purpose.

    • blue_lights

      Except the political stance of the Philippines is that Taiwan is a province of the “one-China”…

  • warillaman

    At the expense of my OFW’s as their hostages my country gives in, they will prosecute my coastguard people because they hold my OFW’s as leverage, all this sacrifices in the name of my OFW’s.
    Filipinos should be thinking twice before going to work in retard taiwan or suffer the same faith, for if they got away with it now, they will do it again everytime they poach and steal in our waters….

    • Rejenal Pang

      your coast guard get charge because they are killers as simple as that nothing to do with the OFW instead those OFW should be thankful to U
      are U going to bring back all those OFW and feed their family with your fish?

      • Luthmar

        One got killed because they were stealing our fish and our rare marine species. Don’t ever come again and steal. Learn from your lessons.

      • Rejenal Pang

        U can go and change the Wikipedia if U can.the whole world see your country is barbaric

        if U think U are tough .We are tougher

        your government just beg and apologizes so we spare U

        U set a very good example here uncivilized pygmy

      • warillaman

        uncivilized retard mongoloid chink, he,he,he,if the whole world see my country as barbaric they should not hire filipinos, your taiwan retards country is just a speck in my workforce, there are 10 million of us everywhere, we can afford not to work in your retarded country, he,he,he, mongoloid, you learn from aussie what you can’t learn from your chinksland, retard he,he,he,he,

      • Rejenal Pang

        Hello controlling the barbaric are more easy than controlling the robots because they just need what to survive

      • Luthmar

        Uncivilized? You obviously did not see on televisionn your people in the parliament having fist fights – for all the world to see. You have the gall to call us uncivilised?

        You also wrote “humiliation” in my other comments. Excuse me, THIEVES will never humiliate us. As I said if I were the head of our government, those people will never get a cent. We did not invite you to come to our territory to steal our fish (and you continue to do so) and one got shot. And, it was a crime to defend our territory?

      • Rejenal Pang

        civilized people will fight for right
        civilized people will stop argue when they know they are wrong

        thieves will not humiliate killers are quite easy to understand

        go and talk to your president why he have to apologized in front of the whole world

        the apologized been accept the sanction been lift
        the case is settle the report been release

        I think U are the only one keep arguing someone stealing your fish or defend the territory

        Do U think your president don’t want to defend the face and the dignity of the country?

        U are not barbaric but very much uncivilized

        the information is easy to get …U never border
        the evident is there……U never believe
        U always angry because U feel like being a victim every time
        U thinking I am touch so I can do what I want to do
        U thinking I am better than others but just don.t know why

        U got all the poor country symptom of the poor country people behavior

        U try to find others fault but not enough ground

        like I told U before civilized people will stop argue when they know they are wrong
        but look at U U still argue about the killing is protecting the country Territory

        hello it occur 43nm east of your country
        if the boat sailing at 6nm per hour it take 6 hrs before get into your country water
        Do U still think U are civilized


      • Luthmar

        So, now we got upgraded; from being barbaric to uncivilised. Well, thank you that’s very kind of you. But if you think I will stop arguing with you, hell, no.

        So, you call us barbaric or uncivilised for one incident which was killing one of your thieves. What do you call yourselves for killing Tibetans so that China can extend to Tibet. Is it also part of the China sea? China’s greed for expansionism has no bounds.

        You think you are civilised because you have more weapons (how sophisticated, I wouldn’t know because I am not a weapon specialist.)? Have you been out of Beijing? Have you been to remote places of China where the poor people are treated like garbage? You think you are civilized when you lazed children’s milk with poison and children’s toys with all the bad chemicals that are harmful to children? You think you are civilized when you make your siopao that half of the ingredients are cardboards? Mr. whoever you are we can argue for days and none of us will give in. The only last thing I will tell you is clean your backyard first before you criticise your neighbors’. Your “hahaha” is a sign of a very nervous and insecure person. I did not find your comments funny. End of discussion. Whatever God you worship, may He bless your poor soul. Au revoir.

  • Rejenal Pang

    16000+ gone 1or 2 thousand may be lucky to get back
    the proportion of the oversea labors will be change from now on
    Cambodia Vietnam Myanmar will have a big roll of it
    Philippines I afraid ….down down and will keep going down

    • ynigooctaviano

      Taiwan hire your workers from Japan, Russia, or mainland China. Leave the PHL alone.

      • Rejenal Pang

        not to worry your OFW will go and going fast

  • ynigooctaviano

    Taiwanese fishermen will think 3x times now before they venture south of Babuyan islands. The 76mm OTO MELARA is waiting for them if they trespass again

    • Rejenal Pang

      Don’t U want your government to apologized in front of the whole world again

      U think U are tough We are tougher and we will not spare U next time

      and right now the China coast guard will patrol the new 10 dash line
      dare to cross there The 76mm OTO MELARA will be wreak cage under the sea

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