PH Coast Guard Opens Fire on Taiwanese Fishing Vessel, Kills 1 Fisherman
Publish Date: Friday, May 10, 2013 | 4:49 PM
A Taiwanese fisherman has been shot and killed after an encounter with Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel off Batanes yesterday. However, the PCG says the shooting was in self-defense as the Taiwanese fishing vessel was threatening to ram the PCG boat. An investigation is ongoing.
According to the Philippine Coast Guard, reports from its personnel say the Taiwanese fishing vessel Guang Ta Hsin 28, along with two other vessels, were spotted by PCG personnel in Philippine waters. As the Philippine ship was trying to accost the intruders, the Guang Ta Hsin maneuvered to ram the PCG boat prompting the latter to open fire.
A 65-year old fisherman died in the encounter.
PCG authorities said all their men on duty at the incident were relieved to ensure a fair investigation. The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic resources (BFAR) also relieved its two personnel for the same reason.
Meanwhile, Taiwan has condemned the attack on one of its fishing vessels.
Reports in Taiwan and China say it was a Philippine Navy ship that was involved in the incident. The Philippine Navy has denied this and said its ships are deployed in Subic and Pangasinan at the time.
A report on Taiwan's Central News Agency also said Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou instructed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to demand an investigation from the Philippine government on the incident. The report also says Taiwan is demanding an apology from the Philippines and demanding compensation for the fisherman's death. Adobo Talk PH
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