Philippines apologise for killing of Taiwanese fisherman

May 16, 2013
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TAIPEI, Taiwan – President Benigno Aquino apologised on Wednesday (May 15th) for the coastguard's killing of a Taiwanese fisherman last week, apparently aimed at containing growing Taiwanese anger, AFP reported.

  • 130516-POTD_SEA_APOLOGY_PP  Taiwanese foreign minister David Lin (right) and Philippine envoy Antonio Basilio listen during a press conference at Taiwan's Foreign Ministry Wednesday (May 15th). Philippine President Benigno Aquino has apologised for the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman. [Sam Yeh/AFP]

    130516-POTD_SEA_APOLOGY_PP Taiwanese foreign minister David Lin (right) and Philippine envoy Antonio Basilio listen during a press conference at Taiwan's Foreign Ministry Wednesday (May 15th). Philippine President Benigno Aquino has apologised for the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman. [Sam Yeh/AFP]

Filipino coastguard personnel shot the fisherman, who they said had illegally entered Philippine waters.

Early Wednesday, Taiwan had suspended the hiring of Filipino workers and threatened more retribution. In response, Aquino sent an envoy, the chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office, which handles relations with Taiwan, to the island to act as his "personal representative" and apologise.

"(He) will convey his and the Filipino people's deep regret and apology to the family of Mr Hung Shih-cheng, as well as to the people of Taiwan over the unfortunate and unintended loss of life," presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in Manila.

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