Honestly, I don’t know how to state what I feel towards this issue.
I’ve been hearing aftereffects of this story about a couple of days already. Knowing the sanctions of Taiwan to the Philippines and how the Taiwanese people are treating the Filipinos (especially not selling food to Filipinos in markets or the issue of a Vietnamese person dying from non-stop battering just because the Taiwanese thinks that he is a Filipino), I really felt angered. The Philippines already apologized but then you didn’t accept and even gave more sanctions. I mean, what more do you want??!
First of all, I want to commend the president, President Benigno Aquino III for his immediate apology/response regarding the issue. “His apology came less than a day after Taiwan rejected an expression of regret by the Philippines envoy to the island over the incident” according to the article. It was stated in the apology letter that we, the Filipino’s, are in deep regret and that we apologize to the family of the fisherman, Mr. Hung Shi-chen, and to the people of Taiwan over the unfortunate and unintended loss of life. Also stated that the Philippines acknowledge that our coast guard was responsible, but it was just an act of self defense because the fishing vessel was about to ram a Philippine ship carrying coast guard personnel.
Taiwan didn’t accept the first apology because they said that the phrasing reflected a desire by the Philippine government to distance itself from the affair. They also said they were unhappy with the source of compensation money the family of the fisherman will receive — the Filipino people rather than the Philippines government itself. They also want to be informed about whether the guilty party or parties will be charged, jailed or dismissed. In the last part of the article, they urged the Philippines to investigate the incident, punish the murderer, and give a satisfactory explanation to the victims.
“They also said they were unhappy with the source of compensation money the family of the fisherman will receive — the Filipino people rather than the Philippines government itself.” – The Philippines’ government IS ITS PEOPLE and vice-versa. I don’t think that it should matter where the money will be from, whether from the people or from the government. Besides, when they don’t sell food to the Filipino’s in Taiwan, is it the government they are leaving hungry?? Or the Filipino people? So why should it matter where the money will be from? The money offered to them for compensation was not just from the people or the government, but from both.
“They also want to be informed about whether the guilty party or parties will be charged, jailed or dismissed.” – For me, it’s just right for them to be informed on whatever sanction we will give the person responsible. I believe they have the right to know, also for their peace of mind.
“In the last part of the article, they urged the Philippines to investigate the incident, punish the murderer, and give a satisfactory explanation to the victims.” – To investigate the incident… OKAY. To punish the murderer… WHEN PROVEN, OKAY. Give a satisfactory explanation to the victims… Umm, HUH? What do they mean by SATISFACTORY EXPLANATION? If they are pertaining to the truth, I AGREE. But what if the truth isn’t satisfactory enough for them?? What happens next?
“Taipei again rejected an apology offered by Manila,” stated in the article. They gave their second round of sanctions because they said that the government failed to offer a formal apology and compensation to the family of the fisherman who was killed. They didn’t accept the apology saying it was unclear whether the representative who delivered it to Taipei had been properly authorized by the Philippine Government. ” Their attitude is too deceitful for our government to accept,” said Taiwan’s Premier Jiang Yi-huah. Dustin Wang, an academic in Taipei, said that the killing of the fisherman was a level of violence which is relatively unusual despite the frequent clashes on the waters. China has also strongly criticized the shooting and covered extensively.
“They gave their second round of sanctions because they said that the government failed to offer a formal apology and compensation to the family of the fisherman who was killed.” – What do they mean by formal apology?? The President already sent an apology letter in behalf of the Filipino’s and the government, but still they declined to accept. Do they want the President himself to go there and apologize in person? Tell the President then. Be specific, cause you asked us to apologize, we did, but now you won’t accept.
” Their attitude is too deceitful for our government to accept,” said Taiwan’s Premier Jiang Yi-huah. – NO COMMENT
“Dustin Wang, an academic in Taipei, said that the killing of the fisherman was a level of violence which is relatively unusual despite the frequent clashes on the waters.” – This I have to agree. Actually, I was really wondering why it had to get to the point of shooting the fisherman. I mean, It’s not as if he has a gun and he is shooting back, right??
My thought in general: I understand the anger of the Taiwanese government, but don’t you think that you and the Taiwanese people are too much? I mean, we apologized twice because you wanted us to do so. We did, genuinely. But you rejected it and said that we’re not sincere. And what’s with not selling food to the Filipino’s in Taiwan or battering a Vietnamese to death just because you think that that person is a Filipino? Isn’t that a bit inhuman? A coast guard shot a fisherman. Intentional or not, he did. We apologize. I know our apology wouldn’t be able to bring back the life of that person, but killing our people or starving them, what good would it do? What good would it bring? Why don’t you just punish the coast guard instead of punishing the whole country or all the Filipino’s? Well, I just hope this would end soon. Let’s all pray for the betterment of everyone. Let’s pray for forgiveness and wisdom. God bless!
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