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PCG assures NBI of full cooperation in probe of shooting of Taiwanese fisherman

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Antonio Basilio (R), the Philippines' representative to Taiwan, talks with Taiwan Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin (L) during a joint news conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei May 15, 2013. Chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Amadeo R. Perez will arrive in Taiwan on May 15 to visit the family of Taiwanese fisherman Hung Shih-cheng, who was shot dead by Filipino coast guards in disputed waters in the South China Sea last week, according to local media. (MNS photo)

Antonio Basilio (R), the Philippines’ representative to Taiwan, talks with Taiwan Minister of Foreign Affairs David Lin (L) during a joint news conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei May 15, 2013. Chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Amadeo R. Perez will arrive in Taiwan on May 15 to visit the family of Taiwanese fisherman Hung Shih-cheng, who was shot dead by Filipino coast guards in disputed waters in the South China Sea last week, according to local media. (MNS photo)

MANILA, May 16 (Mabuhay) — The Philippine Coast Guard on Thursday assured the National Bureau of Investigation of its full cooperation in the probe into last week’s shooting off disputed waters that killed a Taiwanese fisherman.

However, Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Armand Balilo said they will defer comment on the issue for now.

Balilo said they are ready to comply with the requests of the NBI, which had been ordered to handle the probe.

On Wednesday, the NBI requested the Coast Guard to turn over the firearm used in last week’s shooting that killed a Taiwanese fisherman.

Last week’s shooting prompted Taiwan to demand an apology, compensation, investigation and fishery cooperation talks.

While the Philippines issued its response, Taiwan was dissatisfied and imposed a slew of sanctions, including a freeze in hiring of Filipino workers and a red travel alert discouraging travel to the Philippines.

Meanwhile, a separate dzBB report said the Philippine Navy will monitor Taiwan’s military exercises near disputed waters.

The report said the Navy will use its assets near Batanes in monitoring the exercises. (MNS)

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