Taiwan freezes hiring of Pinoy workers due to death of Taiwanese fisherman in incident involving PH Coast Guard

GMA News Online reported that last May 9, "a Philippine patrol vessel encountered four Taiwanese fishing boats in disputed waters off extreme northern Luzon."

GMA News Online reported that last May 9, "a Philippine patrol vessel encountered four Taiwanese fishing boats in disputed waters off extreme northern Luzon."

 

The report revealed: "The Philippine Coast Guard and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources said in a joint statement on May 10 that their boat "encountered four foreign fishing vessels within Philippine Archipelagic waters" so "the crew of their Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) boat tried to board one of the vessels." They further explained that "in ensuing maneuvers, one of the Taiwanese fishing vessels repeatedly tried to ram our MCS forcing our MCS to fire warning shots and eventually, on the machinery portion of the vessel to disable the same." A 65-year-old Taiwanese fisherman was shot dead in the incident, which "prompted Taiwan to demand that the Philippines apologize and compensate the fisherman’s family, punish the guilty parties, and enter into fishery cooperation talks soonest."

 

Another GMA News Online report revealed that in the wake of the incident, Taiwan froze the hiring of Filipino workers on Wednesday, May 15, despite the apology made by the Philippines over the tragic encounter.

 

The article noted that while Taiwan acknowledged the apology made by the Philippines' de facto ambassador, "President Ma Ying-jeou insisted [that] Manila offer a formal apology and compensation, apprehend the killer and launch talks on the fishing industry." Aside from the freeze hiring order, Taiwan also ordered the return of Antonio Basilio, the Philippines' de facto ambassador, to Manila to "help properly handle the case."

 

Spokeswoman Lee Chia-fei announced that a second wave of sanctions will be imposed by Taiwan's government should the Philippines fail to satisfy its side's four demands by 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15. Taiwanese Premier Jiang Yi-huah said the new sanctions would include "a 'red' travel alert against the Philippines urging the public not to visit the country, and the suspension of exchanges between high-level officials from the two sides."

 

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