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Kuang Ta Hsing case: Philippine suspects released on bail
Central News Agency
2014-05-07 11:21 PM
Manila, May 7 (CNA) All eight members of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) indicted for homicide over the shooting death of a Taiwanese fisherman last May have been released on bail, Philippine news sources reported Wednesday. Lawyer Rodrigo Moreno, who is representing the suspects pro bono, said that all eight had turned themselves in to the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation upon learning of the warrant for their arrest, and they posted bail of 40,000 Philippine pesos (US$903) each to the Manila Regional Trial Court. Commanding Officer Arnold Enriquez dela Cruz and Seaman 1st Class Mhelvin Bendo, both of whom are accused of obstruction of justice in addition to the homicide charge, posted an extra bail of 12,000 pesos (US$270.91) each to the Metropolitan Trial Court. Moreno told local media that it took over three weeks for the suspended PCG officers to raise the money. In March, the Philippine Department of Justice filed homicide charges against the PCG officers at courts in Basco, Batanes province and Santa Ana, Cagayan province, where they were detained pending charges. Arrest warrants against the suspects were issued in April. The daughter of the 65-year-old Hung Shih-cheng, who was shot dead aboard the Kuang Ta Hsing No. 28 fishing boat in overlapping waters between the two countries, said from Taiwan that she had not heard about the suspects posting bail. Hung Tzu-chien said that regardless, she will respect the laws and justice system of the Philippines. (By Emerson T. Lim and Maia Huang)
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