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Philippines' one-China policy no excuse for lack of apology: president

Philippines' one-China policy no excuse for lack of apology: president

Taipei, May 22 (CNA) The Philippines government has to apologize for the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman and should not use its "one-China policy" as an excuse to evade an official apology, President Ma Ying-jeou said Wednesday. Taiwan has never specified which official should offer the apology but it insists on a public apology from the Philippine government, Ma said in an interview on the local channel CTV. Ma said the Philippines' explanation for its delayed apology -- that Manila officially recognizes China over Taiwan -- was a poor excuse. "It is no excuse for not apologizing. It is a fact that a Philippine coast guard patrol killed a Taiwanese fisherman," Ma said. "The Philippines must apologize, regardless," he said. Ma made a similar statement at a meeting of the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) in Taipei earlier in the day. Philippines law enforcers on duty violated the law, killing a citizen of another country, which calls for an apology and compensation or at least a show of willingness to do so, he said. The president again described the shooting as a "cold-blooded murder," citing an investigation that found 26 bullet holes in the cabin of the boat that was fired on by an official Philippine vessel. Hung Shih-cheng, 65, was shot dead aboard the Taiwanese fishing boat Kuang Ta Hsing No. 28, in an encounter with Philippine patrol personnel in overlapping waters of the two countries' exclusive economic zones May 9. Ma, who doubles as chairman of the KMT, was briefed at the meeting by Foreign Minister David Lin on the latest developments in the shooting incident. The president instructed the foreign ministry to remain vigilant and be fully prepared for any contingencies. (By Kelven Huang, Lee Shu-hua and Scully Hsiao)


Updated : 2021-03-06 19:20 GMT+08:00