• NBI, Taiwan probers correct discrepancies

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    THE National Bureau of Investigation and Taiwanese probers conducting a parallel investigation over the death of a Taiwanese fisherman along Balintang Channel after a standoff with Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on May compared notes and corrected some discrepancies in their findings during a closed door meeting.

    In a meeting with reporters, NBI Deputy Director Virgilio Mendez said that when the NBI team and the Taiwanese probers crosschecked their notes regarding the parallel investigation, they found some minor discrepancies. He added that most of the discrepancies on the parallel probe were numbers.

    Mendez said that the discrepancies in numbers were seen at the tally of the firearms surrendered by PCG that were used during the May 9 incident. Based on the notes of the Taiwanese, he said that there were 22 firearms surrendered, which is a different total from the 15 guns surrendered to the NBI. However, Mendez clarified that the Taiwanese made changes after examining documents presented by the bureau and agreed that there were only 15 guns.

    The Deputy Director said that they needed more time before coming up with a conclusion
    since they are still not done discussing the findings of the parallel investigation with their
    Taiwanese counterpart. He also added that they will not be giving any information regarding the findings since they are not authorized.

    The Taiwanese probers arrived in the country late in May to investigate the death of fisherman Hung Shih-Cheng. The team was composed of prosecutors Lin Yeng Liang, Simon Lee, Liu Chia Kai, Tseng Shih Che, Chang Hung Jui and forensic experts Lee Jian Jiin, Lin Guh Ting and Lee Jing Wei.

    In their one week visit and probe, the investigators visited Manila Port Area inspected the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources’ (BFAR) Monitoring, Control and Surveillance vessel which were used by PCG personnel during the May 9 incident. Also, the Taiwanese investigators reviewed the official video footage of the shooting incident, taken by PCG personnel.

    They also inspected the weapons surrendered by PCG and conducted their own ballistic testing at the Ballistic Unit of NBI.

    Fatima Cielo B. Cancel

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