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Another Taiwanese fishing boat detained by the Philippines

Another Taiwanese fishing boat detained by the Philippines

Manila, June 11 (CNA) Another Taiwanese fishing boat registered at Donggang, Pingtung County, Der Man Fu No. 3 (???3?), was detained by a Philippine patrol boat at around 1 a.m. Thursday in the waters about 11.3 nautical miles north off the Babuyan Islands, Philippine officials said. A spokesman for the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in the Philippines confirmed that two Taiwanese fishermen were on board the boat which had already been towed to the northern Philippine port of Irene. The fishermen will face an investigation in the nearby town of Aparri, since they were accused by the Philippine coastal patrol force of poaching in Philippine territorial waters, according to Philippine officials. But in Pintung, southern Taiwan, the skipper's brother told Taiwanese reporters that the fishing boat was only passing through the Philippine territorial waters. According to the TECO spokesman, the skipper speaks Philippine language and has no difficulty communicating with local officials. TECO will send personnel to Aparri to visit the two fishermen and provide proper assistance, though the fishermen said they were treated fairly. This is the third incident involving Taiwanese fishing boats and the Philippine coastal patrol since early May. Escalating tension instigated by these incidents has caused the postponement of a meeting between Taiwanese and Philippine officials scheduled for June 14-18 to discuss guidelines for the enforcement of legal fishing rights. (By Emerson Lim and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-23 18:05 GMT+08:00