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)