Philippines admits to shooting at Taiwan boat
The Philippines admitted Friday that its coastguard fired at a Taiwanese fishing boat in an incident that authorities in Taipei said left a crewman dead and triggered widespread outrage on the island.
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou demanded that the Philippines apologise for Thursday's shooting, which the Taiwanese government said killed a 65-year-old fisherman and badly damaged the vessel.
But Philippine coastguard spokesman Commander Armand Balilo said the incident took place in Philippine waters and the Filipino personnel had been properly carrying out their duties to stop illegal fishing.
"If somebody died, they deserve our sympathy but not an apology," Balilo told reporters.
Balilo said the incident happened just north of the main Philippine island of Luzon in the Balintang channel, which is part of the Philippines' territory and not claimed by any other country or Taiwan.
"This is part of Philippine waters," he said.
Balilo said the 30-metre (100-foot) coastguard vessel initially saw two fishing vessels and tried to approach them. He said the coastguard crew fired at the smaller of the two vessels after it tried to ram the Filipino boat.
"They fired at the machinery to disable it. They were able to disable the vessel although they were not aware at the time that somebody had been hit," he said.
Balilo said the coastguard quickly left the area after it saw a third vessel, "a big white ship", come into view.
"Our people felt threatened so they left the area," he said.
In Taipei, Ma insisted the Philippine side was at fault.
"We demand the Philippines investigate and clarify the truth, to apologise, apprehend the killer and compensate," he told reporters.
Taiwanese Foreign Minister David Lin also said he was "very angry".
The incident dominated Taiwanese media, which strongly condemned the Filipinos and carried reports from the boat's captain insisting he did not cross over into Philippine waters.
"Barbaric Philippine vessel fired at our fishing boat, seasoned fisherman shot dead," read the headline of a front-page story in the Taipei-based China Times newspaper.
Hung Yu-chih, the captain of the boat who is also the dead man's son, told the China Times that Philippine gunmen fired several shots at them.
He said one of the shots hit the fuel tank of the vessel, which had only four people on board.
Two Taiwanese fishing boats came to Hung's rescue after he called for help, and towed the boat back to a port in southern Taiwan.
In 2006, a Taiwanese fishing boat skipper was shot dead off the northern Philippines. Taipei protested then to the Philippines over what it said was the improper use of weapons.
Taiwan has ruled itself since 1949, but China still considers the island part of its territory. The Philippines, like most countries, officially recognises China over Taiwan but maintains trade ties with the island.
The incident comes at a time of heightened tensions around the region over rival claims to the nearby South China Sea.
China, the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei all have competing claims to parts of the sea.
跟那些南蛮说人话 他们听不懂 直接打就对了
我们是中国的奴隶? 那妳们就是我们的奴隶 呵呵
连繁体中文都不会还敢呛 笑死人 看你们翻的那什麽我看都看不懂
hey guys out there, writing these unrecognizable thing. Can you please put these all to English so that we can understand you. You appear to be as good as mutes to what you are doing here. Peace!
菲律宾再嚣张嘛 有种不要来台湾工作 看到一个打一个
Philippine military discipline is very bad, like a pirate and everyone know that
Taiwanese fishing vessel is kidnapped each year for the money
The Philippines is barbaric!!!
No wonder Filipinos can only be a maid!!!!
poor taiwanese, cant write and speak english......talk to ur selves guys.......
its time for that old panda to die
Poor Taiwanese fisherman, that's what you get when you are robbing someones wealth, just like Sun yat sen robbing China's national treasure. You deserve it!!!
its PHILIPPINE TERRITORY!!! we are saddened someone died but its not Philippine Coast Guard fault.. Its taiwanese fault they entered Philippine Territory!!
Too bad our coast guards can defend themselves. Remember what happened to Filipino fishermen whose boats were also rammed by a Chinese or Taiwanese boat?
Loss of life is regrettable, but these Taiwanese vessels provoked our men to fire on them when they try to ram the coast guard vessel. What would they expect, that our coast guard will just look, let it happen and then their ship sink and all of them drown to death or die from the impact? If its them they will fire on any vessels trying to ram their ship too. Sadly, these Taiwanese diackheads seems to be like their Chinese counterparts that seems to be unable to comprehend what is right from wrong.
you give them reason to shot the Filipino too. Incase Filipino enter others water.
The Philippines has shown extra-ordinary patience and self-restraint amid videos of ramming attempts of foreign ships inside our territories. Filipino fishermen who survived such were able to tell the tale of being the subject of such aggression. It was only a matter of time when such aggression will lead to a shooting incident.
I salute your braveness Philippine Coast Guard! We, Filipinos will defend our territory to any illegal fisherman who will come across to our borders. This is just an example to our neighbor countries who are too greedy to others. Do not belittle Filipinos, because we are humbly brave.
One is enough, two is too much!
As our national anthem says; "we are ready to die for our country"
??? ang mamatay nang dahil sayo! (Pilipinas) ???
all housekeepers leave TW plz
First of all, taiwan must explain why their fisherman are fishing in philippine waters before they demand an apology and compensation. taiwan must be responsible with their actions to prevent things happening like this.
Why would a taiwanese fishing boat be in Philippine waters withour permission? That is called illegal poaching and I bet that Taiwan will do the same thing or even worse once the situation is reversed.
It's about time we sometimes show our teeth!!! Taiwan want's apology? In your dreams, you're not even a recognized and independent nation so just shut your mouth. You violated our territory and you poised danger to our coast guard so we deserve every right to protect ourselves and shoot at you.
China has sent one of it's largest fishing fleets to the seas...they better be prepared to fight
Next time aim for the chinese!
我是中国大陆的网友（i'm from mainland China ） 来这里声援台湾同胞！#$%$ Philippines！希望大陆制裁菲律宾的香蕉！！I hope the mainland china Government sanctions Philippines
渔船当时处於台湾的执法线以内，并未越界，不过菲律宾人文化低落，野蛮粗俗，獐头鼠目，贼头贼脑，相信你们是无法理解的 ! !
Why should we apologize for protecting our waters and after being attacked by these trespassers? Taiwanese media is biased instead of reporting what happened objectively. It is time we say no to these bullying habits of other nations. If they have proof that they did not cross our borders, then they should show that proof and bring it to international court instead of fabricating stories.