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President pleased with Philippine charges for fisherman's death
Central News Agency
2014-03-18 10:58 PM
Taipei, March 18 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Tuesday that he was gratified by a decision of the Philippines to file homicide charges against eight Philippine Coast Guard officers over the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman last year. The Philippine Department of Justice announced earlier in the day that it will file charges against the eight Coast Guard officers involved, two of whom will also face charges of obstruction of justice for an alleged attempt to submit a falsified gunner report related to the shooting. The Philippine Coast Guard officers sprayed bullets at Taiwanese fishing boat the Kuang Ta Hsing No. 28 when the boat was operating in waters where the two countries' exclusive economic zones overlap on May 9, 2013, killing Taiwanese fisherman Hung Shih-cheng, who was aboard the fishing boat. Ma said that compared with a similar incident eight years ago in which a Taiwanese fisherman was killed in the Philippine Sea, the government has this time thrown its weight behind the victim and negotiated with Manila in a firm and rational way. He was positive about the efforts made by diplomatic and related personnel during the months since the shooting, saying that this is an achievement that has not been obtained by the previous government. He also expressed appreciation that Manila has upheld justice in the case. (By Lee Shu-hua and Lilian Wu)
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