• MECO officials thrown out of hotel in Taiwan

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    Philippine diplomats who went to Taiwan to apologize for the death of a Taiwanese fishermen endured rude treatment from Taiwanese and were even thrown out of their hotel.

    Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) officials narrated the appalling reception they got from the Taiwanese upon their return yesterday.

    MECO Chairman Amadeo Perez Jr. said their hotel reservation was not honored, so they had to look for a cheaper hotel. However, the next day, the hotel management asked them to leave.

    Perez said they had to shrug off the insolent treatment that they received.

    “Hayaan mo na, hayaan na natin. We take it with a grain of salt. Kailangan matibay ang sikmura mo,” he told reporters.

    Perez was accompanied by two other MECO officials—managing director Antonio Basillo and director Manuel Dimaculangan.

    He said the Taiwanese officials had a message for President Benigno Aquino 3rd. He refused to disclose the message to the media.

    He added that Taiwan had additional demands which they will discuss with the President.
    “So meron pa silang gusto na hilingin, yun ang ipaparating namin,” Perez said.

    “We were asked to return to the Philippines to solve the problem. Of course the investigation is the most important thing to resolve the issue so that we will be able to know who is at fault,” Basilio said.

    Perez and Dimaculangan left for Taiwan on Wednesday to deliver a letter of apology from President Aquino.

    Perez delivered the letter to Foreign Minister David Lin.

    Benjie L. Vergara

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