INVESTIGATORS from the Philippines and Taiwan will compare their findings on the May 9 shooting incident in the Balintang Channel, which resulted in the death of 65-year-old Taiwanese fisherman Hung Shih-Cheng.
Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) team that conducted the investigation will sit down with their Taiwanese counterparts this week.
“That was among the agreements, that as a matter of courtesy, even if both can actually release their respective reports anytime that the report is ready, we can sit down to discuss the findings. So they requested to sit down to have that session and wala naman kaming nakikitang masama doon [we do not see anything wrong with it],” de Lima said.
She said the meeting will be an executive session and would likely be held on Friday.
“That would be a closed-door session kasi prevailing pa rin ang rule that there will be no premature disclosure of any of those findings prior to the release of the report,” she explained.
De Lima added that the NBI and Taiwanese authorities are not forced to have a unilateral findings on the issue.
“Hindi pwedeng ipagpilitan ng isang side ang findings niya kung, halimbawa, hindi pareho [One side can’t insist that its findings is right],” she said.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) insisted that Shih-Cheng was accidentally shot when the Taiwanese fishing vessel refused to heed their warning shots.
Taiwan however accused the PCG personnel of committing murder, saying the fishing boat was full of bullet holes.