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Eight Philippine Coastguards were charged of murder against a Taiwanese Fisherman

Have anyone remember an incident that shakes the diplomatic ties of Manila and Taipei because of a Taiwanese fisherman that had been shot by the Philippine Coastguard six years ago? have you remember that some incident that local Taiwanese gangsters even attack the OFW because of this happening?

May 2013, when the Taiwanese fisherman namely Hong Shi Cheng was shot dead by the Philippine coastguard. The authorities fired to the fishing boat of the Taiwanese for illegal fishing and crossing the borders of the Philippines in Balintang Channel in the Northernmost point of the Batanes Province.

The diplomatic relationship between the two countries had been tested. Some delegations from the Philippines went to Taiwan to submit and ask apology. And then Taiwan authorities made an independent investigations. Then after 6 years, the long wait is over,  Justice have been served from the Manila Trial Court branch 15. The 8 coastguards were indicted as guilty for murder under the case of Judge Eduardo Reyes. The judge cited the testimonial of the Taiwanese Forensic Official and from the NBI Ballistic expert, where in several bullets fired from the Philippine coastguard found in the fishing vessel of the victim.

The eight coastguard who have been indicted were Coast Guard Cmdr. Arnold dela Cruz, Seaman Second Class 2 Nicky Aurelio, and Seamen First Class Edrando Aguila, Mhelvyn Bendo II, Andy Gibb Golfo, Sonny Masangkay, Henry Solomon and PO2 Richard Corpuz.

They will face an imprisonment not less than 8 years and 1 day to 14 years and 8 months plus 1 day. Aside from that they are liable to pay the Civil Indemnity worth P50,000 and also P50,000 for moral damages.


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