The three companions of the slain Taiwanese fisherman in the Balintang Channel shooting arrived with their lawyers on Sunday at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to testify in the preliminary investigation of the homicide charges filed against members of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).
Airport authorities identified the three witnesses as Shang Yu Ze Hong, Hung Yu Chih and Hong Zhe, while their lawyers from Taiwan’s justice department were identified as Chen Feng Fu and Chen Zhou Han.
Representatives of the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) met the group upon arrival at the cited terminal.
TECO’s counterpart Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Managing Director and Resident Representative in Taiwan Antonio Basilio said earlier that MECO issued visas to the group that are set to testify before the Department of Justice.
Basilio also said that talks on the proposed fisheries agreement between the two cultural offices are still on going as part of efforts to avoid another tragedy in the disputed area located in the extreme north of Luzon.
The trio was fishing with Hung Shih-Cheng, the fisherman who was killed after their boat was allegedly fired upon by the PCG in May.