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Taiwan recalls envoy to Philippines

The statement went on to say both the Philippines and Taiwan have developed strong ties over the years, and expressed the hope the incident will not in any way jeopardize those ties.

Law-abiding Taiwanese can still visit the Philippines and will be protected, the statement said.

To emphasize the importance MECO has attached to the statement, it asked Lee Chuan-tung, Taiwan's representative to the Philippines, to review the statement first. The document was delivered to Lee by Amadeo Perez Jr., the MECO chairman, himself. Both current and former Philippine representatives to Taiwan were present at the event.

MECO said the Philippines and Taiwan have already begun work on developing a system to ensure that incidents like this do not happen again. It also thanked Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and Taipei's representative office in Manila for jointly monitoring the case with the Philippine government.

Taiwan Must Make Stance Clear

Luo Chih-chiang, presidential spokesperson, said President Ma Ying-jeou did not raise this topic during his New Year meeting with Cabinet officials yesterday. Yet Luo said Ma, on the day of the deportation, had asked the Cabinet to handle the situation with caution and to make Taiwan's stance clear.

MOFA officials, meanwhile, said the National Security Council had met with relevant government officials on how to deal with the issue. During the New Year break, officials with MOFA, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and police-related agencies also met to discuss how to make a response.

MAC Urges Suspects' Return

Liu Teh-shun, vice chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC), meanwhile, said it has already stated the government's stance clearly to China: that the Taiwanese suspects be returned immediately and that arrangements be made for visits by their family members.

Liu said that all Taiwan suspects are now in Beijing and are awaiting investigation by authorities there.

Law enforcement officials in China need to find out how the division of labor was carried out between Taiwanese and Chinese suspects, and may need to cross-examine them, Liu said.

As for whether the Taiwanese suspects will be sent back after the investigative procedures, Liu said this is still subject to further dialogues and communications with China.

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February 8, 2011    in.sanxia@
Of course the Philippines sent Taiwanese criminals to China. If they sent them here, we would just slap the bad guys’ hands and let them go back to their criminal ways. We have little credibility concerning law enforcement.
February 8, 2011    gago@
The Philippines should bear responsibility for their own stupidity when they opted to deport Taiwanese nationals to CHINA to face trial. This was the same thing that happened to the botched rescue operation in Luneta. And then, they have the nerve not to apologize and use words like "regret" which their American fathers taught them. Sigh!!! No wonder they're still far behind the list of third word countries. I do hope they learn fast because time is running out for them.
February 8, 2011    lightcrusaderjr@
Taiwan should be equally interested with the Philippines and China on how the crime of fraud was perpetrated, who were the masterminds, how they could be justly punished or rehabilitated and how this kind of crime can be prevented in the future. She should not want to be seen as protector of criminals. She should see their investigation in China as a necessary step to correcting a crime.
February 9, 2011    corexdee@
Filipino overseas workers are caught in the middle of the diplomatic nonsense between Taiwan and the Philippines. The DPP are taking advantage of this situation to regain their popularity since been routed by the KMT on the last mayoral election. The KMT is on the defensive, The Filipino workers is on a quandary to what will happen to them, their lifeline is compromised. What a bleak future awaits them. Maybe Taiwanese and Filipinos can patch up things later but for the moment let's watch "Pinoy Sunday 台北星期天" to lighten us up.
February 10, 2011    papaitan2004@
How stupid the GAGO opinion is. Can you read carefully the news? (Swindling US$20 million in an international scam targeting mainland Chinese, ) they are targeting mainland Chinese. So its right to deport them in china. Even they are Taiwanese. Hope they can’t return here in Taiwan.
February 10, 2011    filipina@
gago@ wrote:
The Philippines should bear responsibility for their own stupidity when they opted to deport Taiwanese nationals to CHINA to face trial. This was the same thing that happened to the botched rescue operation in Luneta. And then, they have the nerve not to apologize and use words like "regret" which their American fathers taught them. Sigh!!! No wonder they're still far behind the list of third word countries. I do hope they learn fast because time is running out for them.
Do you think those person were sent to China are Taiwanese and do you know what causes them trouble hwy they were inside the Philippines? Looks who’s talking! Do not justify a country of being left behind you ignorant! We Filipinos are not what you think! If Taiwan is not happy about what happened why not sent a delegation before these 14 Taiwanese or Chinese and have their request before deportation ignorant you! And don’t forget there are too many Taiwanese here inside Philippines and be aware of your ACT!
February 11, 2011    castlesonhi05@
There's no mishandling in this issue. As existing warrants were issued in China, the fraud was done in China, the victims were all from China, the accomplices were all from China... Where is this case best settled??????? In Hawaii??????????? Let Taiwan negotiate with the mainland...
February 11, 2011    triwizardchamp@
Manila did the right thing. Manila and Taipei have no agreement regarding deportation and it is right for the former to kick those 14 Taiwanese to China. And to see the light, Taiwan is NOT in the position to demand requests from a SOVEREIGN COUNTRY like the Philippines.
February 11, 2011    duibuchi@
to: in.sanxia@
you forgot that the criminals have to apologize first ! Only after that, they will be released !
February 11, 2011    diegosilang@
After all, we don't need Filipinos in Taiwan...
February 11, 2011    filipinos.dummies@
If Philippines want to be friend of China but not Taiwan, let’s send all 80K Filipinos workers back to their poverty stricken, corruption ridden country. When HK tourists were killed last years in Philippines, I can’t figure out why Taiwan did not change their travel code to Red to Philippine. Why is Taiwan government want to pay to build a weather satellite in Philippine using Taiwanese taxpayer’s money? Filipinos really took our kindness for weakness. Let Taiwanese and Hong Kongers send a strong message to the Filipinos and send all their lazy, stealing, ungrateful, low life workers back where they belong! Hello to our worker friends in Indonesia and Vietnam.
February 12, 2011    gohome@
Triwizardchamp and filipina, go home! Make your money elsewhere. With this incident, it won't be long for our elected officials to take the hint that we are just being used for financial gain and nothing more.
February 13, 2011    sc888ph@
 
filipina@ wrote:
Do you think those person were sent to China are Taiwanese and do you know what causes them trouble hwy they were inside the Philippines? Looks who’s talking! Do not justify a country of being left behind you ignorant! We Filipinos are not what you think! If Taiwan is not happy about what happened why not sent a delegation before these 14 Taiwanese or Chinese and have their request before deportation ignorant you! And don’t forget there are too many Taiwanese here inside Philippines and be aware of your ACT!
Filipina, please check on your English grammar. You made a lot of mistake with regards to proper English grammar. Thank you.
February 13, 2011    sc888ph@
In my own opinion, Filipino OFWs or any member of their families who are not happy with the reaction of the Taiwanese government, can always leave Taiwan and either go back to the Philippines to find a job there or maybe to other countries like the Middle East Asian countries. That way, they can show their disgust to the Taiwanese government. That’s showing them the DIGNITY of a Filipino. More power!
February 13, 2011    ludahai_twn@
@corexdee -- KMT routed the DPP in the election? Perhaps you don't know how to add, but the DPP picked up more votes than the KMT, won their two seats EASILY and made Taichung a lot closer than most people outside Taichung (those of us inside Taichung KNEW it would be close) thought ie ever could have been... You need math lessons...

As for the relationship between Taiwan and the Philippines, this is just another indication of the failure of President Ma's "Diplomatic Truce" along with the changing of the name of Taiwan's central bank at an international banking forum in Southeast Asia...
February 13, 2011    jimortega1@
Hmm, I wonder why there are Filipinos posting here? Why not post in their own country's forum? Are they just causing trouble here because they have nothing better to do?
February 14, 2011    anotherdog58@
@corexde and filipina: that's the sad truth that simple people have to suffer politicians pride. No wonder that the Philippine government regarded it as a minor issue, hearing daily how close Ma Ying Jiou become to China!
@castelsonhi05 and triwizardchamp: Do you know the communist judiciary system? Good examples are the "Li Gang incident" or the story of "Zhao Zuohai [a person who was "convinced" by authorities to confess a murder - 10 years later the "victim" showed up]. However, you seem to be Philippine: how proud are you at your government for this deal with humans – what was that: 30 pieces of silver? Similar like the “compromise” made, not to join the Nobel Price ceremony (just to save a Philippine criminal?)
February 14, 2011    johnmarsha@
triwizardchamp@ wrote:
Manila did the right thing. Manila and Taipei have no agreement regarding deportation and it is right for the former to kick those 14 Taiwanese to China. And to see the light, Taiwan is NOT in the position to demand requests from a SOVEREIGN COUNTRY like the Philippines.
SOVEREIGN COUNTRY??? CORRUPT COUNTRY full of SELFISHNESS & SCALAWAGS!
February 14, 2011    dulingpinoy@
A country run by MONEY, w/o MONEY you're nothing, a place FULL of THIEVES, EVERYWHERE.
February 15, 2011    baby@
I believe in Philippine government but I don’t trust people who are in it!!!!!!!! I think the people who are in charge with this issue should take their responsibilities, because many will suffer.
February 15, 2011    a125X@
 
sc888ph@ wrote:
Filipina, please check on your English grammar. You made a lot of mistake with regards to proper English grammar. Thank you.
You Filipinos are pathetic. All you can say is to justify your stupidity. And now you are asking Taiwan to be more kind and friendly? Get those all the workers out of Taiwan. Taiwan should replace them with Thai people. They are much better workers than these monkeys.
February 15, 2011    diegosilang@
gago@ wrote:
The Philippines should bear responsibility for their own stupidity when they opted to deport Taiwanese nationals to CHINA to face trial. This was the same thing that happened to the botched rescue operation in Luneta. And then, they have the nerve not to apologize and use words like "regret" which their American fathers taught them. Sigh!!! No wonder they're still far behind the list of third word countries. I do hope they learn fast because time is running out for them.
Actually gago is not gago anymore...
February 16, 2011    corexdee@
ludahai_twn@ wrote:
@corexdee -- KMT routed the DPP in the election? Perhaps you don't know how to add, but the DPP picked up more votes than the KMT, won their two seats EASILY and made Taichung a lot closer than most people outside Taichung (those of us inside Taichung KNEW it would be close) thought ie ever could have been... You need math lessons...

As for the relationship between Taiwan and the Philippines, this is just another indication of the failure of President Ma's "Diplomatic Truce" along with the changing of the name of Taiwan's central bank at an international banking forum in Southeast Asia...
@ludahai_twn.. I don't care how much vote the DPP got, what's important is we won the three most important cities of Taiwan...sour grapes! I feel sorry for you. As for the math lessons, I have been trained to that all my life. But if you want to give me added lessons, maybe God's equation or M-theory will suffice.
February 16, 2011    corexdee@
dulingpinoy@ wrote:
A country run by MONEY, w/o MONEY you're nothing, a place FULL of THIEVES, EVERYWHERE.
Well, as your username implies, duling ka nga...you are more referring to the Philippines than Taiwan. The pinas you accidentally referred to will not function unless no grease money (lagay) is involved. And without money the Filipinos will become thieves and rob or massacre people on their path..
February 16, 2011    diegosilang@
98% are Catholics, (sigh) 98% are SINNERS!!!
February 17, 2011    eoneka28@
hey a125X@! who ever you are, watch your dirty mouth!
February 17, 2011    duling@
 
corexdee@ wrote:
Well, as your username implies, duling ka nga...you are more referring to the Philippines than Taiwan. The pinas you accidentally referred to will not function unless no grease money (lagay) is involved. And without money the Filipinos will become thieves and rob or massacre people on their path..
I admit I am duling, but do you see SQUATTERS in Taiwan???
February 18, 2011    mercodoldm@
We REGRET, you are born a SLAVE....and SLAVE you are FOREVER.
February 18, 2011    mercodoldm@
corexdee@ wrote:
Filipino overseas workers are caught in the middle of the diplomatic nonsense between Taiwan and the Philippines. The DPP are taking advantage of this situation to regain their popularity since been routed by the KMT on the last mayoral election. The KMT is on the defensive, The Filipino workers is on a quandary to what will happen to them, their lifeline is compromised. What a bleak future awaits them. Maybe Taiwanese and Filipinos can patch up things later but for the moment let's watch "Pinoy Sunday 台北星期天" to lighten us up.
This ain't nuthin' to do w/politics here in Taiwan. It is the ignorance, craziness and stupidity of the other government. After all, let's shake for the old time sake, 60/60 sa Mercury!!!!
February 18, 2011    hsiehmingyu@
Why are we blaming Philippines for this? Seriously.

Why don't we look at ourselves? The world subscribes to a ONE-CHINA POLICY. We call ourselves REPUBLIC OF CHINA.

Philippines recognizes PRC as the ONE CHINA so it makes sense for them to send the criminals back to CHINA.

Unless REPUBLIC OF CHINA changes to REPUBLIC OF TAIWAN, we will eternally face this problem of diplomatic confusion and struggle.
February 18, 2011    diegosilang@
eoneka28@ wrote:
hey a125X@! who ever you are, watch your dirty mouth!
Actually EVERYBODY AGREED w/a125@, they even look like monkeys...and they STINK!!!
February 18, 2011    douglasinburnaby@
I see the hysterical comments with increasing alarm. Fact is - Philippines needs employment and Taiwan needs workers. Therefore, both countries are interdependent.
Getting at each other's throats does not solve the issue. So, grow up and become reasonable adults. China must be laughing its head off!
February 20, 2011    Shawtientien@
diegosilang@ wrote:
After all, we don't need Filipinos in Taiwan...
Are you sure that Taiwanese don’t need Filipinos? Don’t you know how big is the help of Filipinos in your country? Don’t be arrogant!
February 20, 2011    Shawtientien@
diegosilang@ wrote:
98% are Catholics, (sigh) 98% are SINNERS!!!
How about you? Are you perfect? Don’t you know that we are all sinners? Shame on yourself!
February 21, 2011    gracedimalibot11466@
gago@ wrote:
The Philippines should bear responsibility for their own stupidity when they opted to deport Taiwanese nationals to CHINA to face trial. This was the same thing that happened to the botched rescue operation in Luneta. And then, they have the nerve not to apologize and use words like "regret" which their American fathers taught them. Sigh!!! No wonder they're still far behind the list of third word countries. I do hope they learn fast because time is running out for them.
How mean you are my friend, remember that "little knowledge is dangerous". If they were deported in Taiwan I bet if they'll stand trial of their crimes. Blame the Taiwan government, gago
February 21, 2011    gracedimalibot11466@
papaitan2004@ wrote:
How stupid the GAGO opinion is. Can you read carefully the news? (Swindling US$20 million in an international scam targeting mainland Chinese, ) they are targeting mainland Chinese. So its right to deport them in china. Even they are Taiwanese. Hope they can’t return here in Taiwan.
I agree with you brother. You see gago@ "Little knowledge is dangerous"
February 21, 2011    diegosilang@
 
Shawtientien@ wrote:
How about you? Are you perfect? Don’t you know that we are all sinners? Shame on yourself!
Who told you we are all sinners, your God??? SHAME ON YOUR GOD!!!
February 21, 2011    diegosilang@
 
Shawtientien@ wrote:
Are you sure that Taiwanese don’t need Filipinos? Don’t you know how big is the help of Filipinos in your country? Don’t be arrogant!
We don't need thieves and robbers like you, who prayed every Sunday while searching for a bed mate afterward, SHAME ON YOU, FILIPINOS!!!
February 21, 2011    diegosilang@
douglasinburnaby@ wrote:
I see the hysterical comments with increasing alarm. Fact is - Philippines needs employment and Taiwan needs workers. Therefore, both countries are interdependent.
Getting at each other's throats does not solve the issue. So, grow up and become reasonable adults. China must be laughing its head off!
Actually we don't need FILIPINOS workers ANYMORE, there are THAIS, INDONESIANS, VIETNAMESE, BURMESE, MALAYSIANS, etc.,,, We are TIRED of FILIPINOS, do you UNDERSTAND ENGLISH?
February 22, 2011    aangeles0628@
sc888ph@ wrote:
In my own opinion, Filipino OFWs or any member of their families who are not happy with the reaction of the Taiwanese government, can always leave Taiwan and either go back to the Philippines to find a job there or maybe to other countries like the Middle East Asian countries. That way, they can show their disgust to the Taiwanese government. That’s showing them the DIGNITY of a Filipino. More power!
To sc888ph, can't help but say this, you also need to check your grammar. It should be "with regard to". If you want to put an "s", you should've used "in regards with".
February 23, 2011    pinaykayganda@
 
diegosilang@ wrote:
We don't need thieves and robbers like you, who prayed every Sunday while searching for a bed mate afterward, SHAME ON YOU, FILIPINOS!!!
Why then Taiwan admits Filipino workers if they don't need them?
February 23, 2011    mab_0206@
You yourself don't need Filipinos but owners of the big companies here need them.
February 24, 2011    carltanong@
hsiehmingyu@ wrote:
Why are we blaming Philippines for this? Seriously.

Why don't we look at ourselves? The world subscribes to a ONE-CHINA POLICY. We call ourselves REPUBLIC OF CHINA.

Philippines recognizes PRC as the ONE CHINA so it makes sense for them to send the criminals back to CHINA.

Unless REPUBLIC OF CHINA changes to REPUBLIC OF TAIWAN, we will eternally face this problem of diplomatic confusion and struggle.
NOBODY can change our country name R.O.China into R.O.Taiwan.

WHY....because...
NOBODY can change Nipponese LEE TENG HUI into Taiwanese Chinese. He proclaimed himself as IWASATO MASUO...that's Japanese name and surname.

NOBODY can change Corrupt ABIAN into an honest and sincere ex-president. Because he is already an "ICON OF CORRUPTION".

NOBODY, even the "Goddess of Mercy" KWAN YIN can change WANG DAN (received 200K $ from CORRUPT ABIAN to separates Taiwan and Mainland to create Unrest and Bloodshed) and the SAL"S co. to believe her. Because all of them believed in $$$ that tainted with bloods in the name of their's man made IDOL "Goddess of Democracy".

Can you greenish change your ancestor and surname like Nipponese N_LTH???
March 1, 2011    diegosilang@
mab_0206@ wrote:
You yourself don't need Filipinos but owners of the big companies here need them.
the Lao Pang REGRET in hiring you Filipinos, understand?
March 3, 2011    kristaine29@
How ungrateful Taiwan could be if they will repatriate 90,000 OFWs working as factory workers, Nursing aides, caregivers and house helper... for over a decade now Filipinos had somehow contributed a lot to the progress of their country. Our government did not deport innocent Taiwanese. They did the swindling scam @ china so it’s just proper to send them to china wherein they will face their unlawful acts in court, Taiwan is still a Republic of China so why get angry and act childish by being so hard to Filipino workers and giving a hard time to those who want to work in Taiwan. Besides companies in Taiwan still prefer Filipino workers, than other nationalities who are less efficient. God bless Philippines!!!
March 3, 2011    kristaine29@
hsiehmingyu@ wrote:
Why are we blaming Philippines for this? Seriously.

Why don't we look at ourselves? The world subscribes to a ONE-CHINA POLICY. We call ourselves REPUBLIC OF CHINA.

Philippines recognizes PRC as the ONE CHINA so it makes sense for them to send the criminals back to CHINA.

Unless REPUBLIC OF CHINA changes to REPUBLIC OF TAIWAN, we will eternally face this problem of diplomatic confusion and struggle.
thank you for your nice comment...
you are like those nicest people i've meet in taiwan.
March 3, 2011    diegosilang@
kristaine29@ wrote:
How ungrateful Taiwan could be if they will repatriate 90,000 OFWs working as factory workers, Nursing aides, caregivers and house helper... for over a decade now Filipinos had somehow contributed a lot to the progress of their country. Our government did not deport innocent Taiwanese. They did the swindling scam @ china so it’s just proper to send them to china wherein they will face their unlawful acts in court, Taiwan is still a Republic of China so why get angry and act childish by being so hard to Filipino workers and giving a hard time to those who want to work in Taiwan. Besides companies in Taiwan still prefer Filipino workers, than other nationalities who are less efficient. God bless Philippines!!!
We don't need PYGMIES anymore, so stay away from us.
March 6, 2011    sandyshi@
At the risk of being arrogant, there is simply no comparison to be made between Taiwan and Philippines.
Judging by their history after gaining independence from the US, it is clear that there is lack of ability to govern themselves. So when it comes to foreign affairs they are incompetent.
Ignorant and intellectually challenged groups tend to fail to realize their stupidity and fear the act of apologizing would lower their self-confidence. Taiwan has the upper hand in this relationship and should impose a unilateral punishment as a deterrent.
March 7, 2011    elumpen@
How sad to see so many racist, hateful, and downright ignorant comments here, and so few supportive ones.

To the Taiwanese commentators making unpleasant remarks about Filipinos: you might remember that this newspaper has a large English-speaking readership in Taiwan and abroad, and those readers will judge your entire nation on the backward attitudes you present here.
March 14, 2012    ruler_alliance@
lightcrusaderjr@ wrote:
Taiwan should be equally interested with the Philippines and China on how the crime of fraud was perpetrated, who were the masterminds, how they could be justly punished or rehabilitated and how this kind of crime can be prevented in the future. She should not want to be seen as protector of criminals. She should see their investigation in China as a necessary step to correcting a crime.
We recognize the one China policy. We sent them to China did we not? If Taiwan wants to be recognized separately then as a separate country, the Philippines was asked to deport the criminals to their country of origin. The Taiwanese are also Chinese right?
May 14, 2013    eleanor_ruth2112@
Reading all these nasty comments really disappoints me and made me realize how arrogant you all are. No country's judicial system or whatever it is, is perfect. If you hate my country and well that's your prerogative but please don't say pinoys are like monkeys and we stink and we are dumb and so on. You have no right to discriminate us. We have Taiwanese business men here in my small city and we live harmoniously, both the pinoy workers and their employers are in a win-win situation. Let our government resolve the issue. And let's make this world a better place to live in.
May 14, 2013    1wujian5@
Going through (some) of the things written here so far, I'm ashamed to be Taiwanese. Maybe we look for some diversion from a bad economy in Taiwan? So like cowards some people who write here do insults to our neighbors? We are lonely and isolate now, and it's sad we will be more lonely by doing this to our friends.
May 14, 2013    miller.henry641@
eleanor_ruth2112@ wrote:
Reading all these nasty comments really disappoints me and made me realize how arrogant you all are. No country's judicial system or whatever it is, is perfect. If you hate my country and well that's your prerogative but please don't say pinoys are like monkeys and we stink and we are dumb and so on. You have no right to discriminate us. We have Taiwanese business men here in my small city and we live harmoniously, both the pinoy workers and their employers are in a win-win situation. Let our government resolve the issue. And let's make this world a better place to live in.
Bless you Eleanor Ruth, your words are wise and kind.
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