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Philippines praised for charging coastguardsmen

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan yesterday commended the decision made by the Philippine justice department earlier in the same day to file homicide charges against eight coastguardsmen over a Taiwanese fisherman's death last May.

Speaking during a press conference late yesterday, Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) said the R.O.C. Government expressed approval of the decision made by the Philippine Department of Justice (DOJ).

According to the information Taipei received from Manila, the DOJ has filed homicide charges against eight Philippine Coast Guard personnel in connection with the death of Taiwanese fisherman Hung Shih-cheng (洪石成), who was killed on May 9, 2013.

The DOJ also charged two of the eight coastguardsmen for obstruction of justice for allegedly preparing and submitting a falsified report following the shooting, Lin said.

“Justice has been dealt,” Lin said.

With the latest move, the minister noted that the Philippines authorities have met all four demands previously made by hte Taiwan government; namely, a formal apology, punishment of those responsible for the fatal shooting, compensation for the Hung family and the holding of bilateral fishery talks to prevent the occurrence of similar incidents.

Lin added that both sides will continue to engage in bilateral fishery talks in an effort to address fishing disputes in their overlapping waters in the future.

Bilateral relations will continue to move closer despite the incident, he added.

According to Taiwan's Ministry of Justice, the eight Philippine suspects charged with homicide are facing a maximum 21-year prison term under Philippine law.

March 19, 2014    ludahai_twn@
Minister Lin says justice has been dealt?

Excuse me, but indictments are not the same as proclaiming guilt. I know in Taiwan, where the KMT runs the trials, they can pre-arrange a guilty verdict, but this is not the case in the Philippines.
March 19, 2014    mrtn_sara@
That shows the Philippines likes Taiwan more than Communist China.
March 19, 2014    piawliangjohny@
I cannot believe the Philippine government act ssssssso slowwwwwwwww.... 21 years only for killing an innocent life??? Those arrogant soldiers need to be punished with the death penalty and those superior military should be locked also and punish for not doing their jobs.. Wake up Aquino government... Are u blind?? Or just looking at Mar Roxas ...
March 20, 2014    angelpao2a@
piawliangjohny@ wrote:
I cannot believe the Philippine government act ssssssso slowwwwwwwww.... 21 years only for killing an innocent life??? Those arrogant soldiers need to be punished with the death penalty and those superior military should be locked also and punish for not doing their jobs.. Wake up Aquino government... Are u blind?? Or just looking at Mar Roxas ...
Death penalty is boring! Suffering is better :) This will give them time to acknowledge their actions and regret their decisions.
March 22, 2014    billy_bob313@
Only window dressing...nothing to see here so move on!
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Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂), right, and Justice Minister Luo Ying-shay (羅瑩雪) speak to journalists at a press conference in Taipei, yesterday. Lin expressed approval of the decision made by the Philippine authorities to file homicide charges against eight coastguardsmen over a Taiwanese fisherman's death last May. (CNA)

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