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Taiwan's demands to Philippines remain unchanged: MOFA

Taiwan's demands to Philippines remain unchanged: MOFA

Taipei, May 22 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) insisted Wednesday that the Philippines must fulfill four demands over the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by a Philippine government vessel earlier this month. The ministry made the comment in response to a report that Manila was prepared to give NT$1 million (US$33,540) to the family of the victim shot dead by a Philippine coast guard patrol May 9. Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Chairman Amadeo Perez told CNA a day earlier that the Philippines was ready to provide the cash payout to the victim's family, but added that whether the money will constitute compensation or a donation will only be determined after an investigation into the fatal shooting is completed. MECO is the Philippines' de facto embassy in Taiwan in the absence of diplomatic ties between the two countries. In response, MOFA spokeswoman Anna Kao said the ministry was still negotiating with the Philippines on the issue, but added that Taiwan was sticking to its four demands over the death of 65-year-old Hung Shih-cheng, who was killed when a Philippine patrol boat strafed his fishing vessel in the two countries' overlapping economic zones. The demands include a formal apology, compensation to Hung's family, punishment of those responsible for his death and talks on the signing of a fishery agreement to help prevent similar incidents in the future. (By Chen Pei-huang and Maia Huang)


Updated : 2021-01-18 21:44 GMT+08:00