Philippines coast guard crew may face homicide charges

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Philippine-Coast-GuardThe National Bureau of Investigations (NBI) in the Philippines has recommended that eight Coast Guard members who shot and killed a Taiwanese fisherman be charged with homicide.

On May 9, a Philippine Coast Guard vessel encountered a Taiwanese fishing boat in an area where the countries’ sovereign territories overlap. A dispute ensued and the Philippine Coast Guard eventually fired on the Taiwanese boat, killing 65-year-old Hung Shih-cheng. The Coast Guard claimed, in its defense, that the fishing boat had tried to ram their ship.

The incident sparked intense hostility between the maritime neighbors. Taiwan recalled its diplomatic envoy from the Philippines and imposed a freeze on the hiring of Philippine workers. Taiwan also began performing naval exercises in Philippine waters.

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou made four demands of the Philippines after the incident occurred. First, Taiwan wanted a formal apology from the Philippines, which President Benigno Aquino immediately gave. Taiwan also wanted compensation for the victim’s family, an investigation to be conducted, and punishment to be meted out to those responsible.

The NBI just concluded the investigation called for by President Ma, and decided that the Philippine Coast Guard was not in sufficient danger to merit firing upon the Taiwanese fishing boat. Therefore it recommended charging those responsible with the maximum possible offense.

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The National Bureau of Investigations (NBI) in the Philippines has recommended that eight Coast Guard members who shot and killed a Taiwanese fisherman be charged with homicide.

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Philippine-Coast-GuardThe National Bureau of Investigations (NBI) in the Philippines has recommended that eight Coast Guard members who shot and killed a Taiwanese fisherman be charged with homicide.

On May 9, a Philippine Coast Guard vessel encountered a Taiwanese fishing boat in an area where the countries’ sovereign territories overlap. A dispute ensued and the Philippine Coast Guard eventually fired on the Taiwanese boat, killing 65-year-old Hung Shih-cheng. The Coast Guard claimed, in its defense, that the fishing boat had tried to ram their ship.

The incident sparked intense hostility between the maritime neighbors. Taiwan recalled its diplomatic envoy from the Philippines and imposed a freeze on the hiring of Philippine workers. Taiwan also began performing naval exercises in Philippine waters.

Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou made four demands of the Philippines after the incident occurred. First, Taiwan wanted a formal apology from the Philippines, which President Benigno Aquino immediately gave. Taiwan also wanted compensation for the victim’s family, an investigation to be conducted, and punishment to be meted out to those responsible.

The NBI just concluded the investigation called for by President Ma, and decided that the Philippine Coast Guard was not in sufficient danger to merit firing upon the Taiwanese fishing boat. Therefore it recommended charging those responsible with the maximum possible offense.

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