Taiwanese probers inspect PCG vessel


Taiwanese investigators go around the MCS 3001, the ship involved in the shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman off Bataan early this month, at Manila’s South Harbor. PHOTO BY RENE DILAN

TAIWANESE investigators and members of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) inspected on Tuesday the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources’ (BFAR) Monitoring, Control and Surveillance vessel used by Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel during the May 9 incident that resulted in the death of a Taiwanese fisherman along Balintang Channel.

The Taiwanese investigators made the inspection hoping to find new evidence. After inspecting the boat, they interviewed some PCG personnel about the incident.

The Taiwanese investigators, accompanied by representatives of the Manila Cultural Office, also reviewed the official video footage taken by the PCG personnel on the shooting incident which killed 65-year-old Taiwanese fisherman Hung Shih-cheng.

When asked by the media to react on the video, the probers refused to give any comment.

On Monday, investigators inspected the weapons used by the PCG personnel during the shooting incident. They also conducted their own ballistic testing at the NBI Ballistics Unit.

A team of Philippine investigators is also conducting a parallel probe in Taiwan.

The death of the Taiwanese fisherman on May 9 caused a friction between the Philippines and Taiwan. The PCG personnel claimed self-defense, saying they were provoked to shoot the Taiwanese fishing vessel after it tried to ram their boat.


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