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Taiwanese official demands Manila apology for fisherman's death

Taiwanese official demands Manila apology for fisherman's death

New York, May 21 (CNA) The Philippines should officially apologize for the May 9 fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by one of its government vessels, a Taiwanese official said in an article contributed to the Wall Street Journal Tuesday.
Recent Taiwanese naval and coast guard drills in the South China Sea and sanctions imposed on the Philippines were actions that Taiwan was forced to take to protest the Philippines' violation of international law, said Brian Su, director of the Press Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in New York. On May 9, a Philippine government vessel fired at least 59 bullets with automatic weapons into an unarmed Taiwanese fishing boat one-sixth its size, Su said in the article. Then it sailed away without offering assistance to the victims, leaving a 65-year-old fisherman dead. This was an excessive use of force that violated the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea and was not an act of self-defense, he said. As a peace-loving country, Taiwan will insist on using peaceful means to address the issue and will continue to provide a friendly environment for Filipino workers already in the country, Su went on. However, he called on Manila to respond to Taiwan's demands for an official apology, compensation for the victim's family, punishment of those responsible and the speedy start of fishery talks so that the incident can be resolved. (By Leaf Yeh and Y.L. Kao)


Updated : 2021-05-09 14:05 GMT+08:00