By Yining Su
Taiwanese protesters demonstrate for… something, it’s not clear. Image credit: AFP.
Taiwan has rebuffed the Philippines’ apology for the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by Philippines coast guard, according to Bloomberg News.
An agreement was thought to have been reached earlier this morning. The SCMP reported that Taiwan’s foreign minister, David Lin, announced that the Philippines would apologize, after a meeting with the Philippines envoy to Taiwan last night that ran until 1am, an hour after the deadline Taiwan had set for a response from the Philippines. Lin said that there would be a joint investigation in the death of 65 year old fisherman Hung Shih-cheng.
Despite Lin’s announcement, however, Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou sent the Philippines’ representative in Taiwan home and said that he would freeze the hiring of workers from the Philippines.
Ma said he would take further measures against unless the Philippines investigated the incident, punished those responsible and compensated the fisherman’s family. Ma also wants to settle the dispute over the contested fishing grounds and a formal apology from Manila. Apparently, “the Philippines had offered to send the chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office to apologize”, which wasn’t good enough for Ma.