Philippines, Taiwan on way to mending relations

  • Karpal unflinching in fight for justice, says Kelantan MB
    Karpal unflinching in fight for justice, says Kelantan MB

    GEORGE TOWN, April 19 — Karpal Singh was a fearless leader who did not compromise in his fight for justice, Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yaakob said today. The PAS leader was among the... …

  • Ex-prime minister Abdullah backs Kelantan’s hudud bill
    Ex-prime minister Abdullah backs Kelantan’s hudud bill

    Former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (pic) has come out in support of the PAS-led Kelantan government’s plan to table a Private Members' Bill on hudud in Parliament. “What's wrong if the matter is brought to Parliament?" Bernama quoted him as saying in Putrajaya today. Kelantan had reportedly set up a technical committee to study... …

  • Will Bukit Gelugor seat go from father to son?
    Will Bukit Gelugor seat go from father to son?

    GEORGE TOWN, April 19 — The sudden death of Karpal Singh has also shifted the spotlight on his eldest offspring, Jagdeep Singh Deo, as the likeliest contender to fill in the now vacant Bukit... …

  • Poll on Putrajaya’s transparency on M370 purely speculative, says Hishammuddin
    Poll on Putrajaya’s transparency on M370 purely speculative, says Hishammuddin

    Acting Transport Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has dismissed a recent survey which showed only a quarter of Malaysians believe that Putrajaya has been truthful about the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, describing it as purely speculative and irresponsible. He said the opinion poll was untrue and did not represent the views... …

  • Karpal respected those who stood up to him, says aide of 30 years
    Karpal respected those who stood up to him, says aide of 30 years

    GEORGE TOWN, April 19 — The “Tiger of Jelutong” was a no-nonsense person who would not suffer fools but had a healthy dose of respect for those who dared challenge him, long-time aide Jeffrey... …

  • In Karpal, people’s response to 1 Malaysia, says Catholic clergyman
    In Karpal, people’s response to 1 Malaysia, says Catholic clergyman

    GEORGE TOWN, April 19 — The late Karpal Singh was a principled leader who fought for inclusivity and opposed religious and racial division, Penang’s Bishop Emeritus Antony Selvanayagam said today.... …

Manila (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) - The Philippines and Taiwan are on the way to restoring their good relations after Friday's breakthrough fishery meeting aimed at preventing the recurrence of violent confrontations in overlapping waters, Manila's representative to Taipei said Monday.

Representatives of the two countries are meeting again in early July to continue negotiating on fishing operations in their overlapping exclusive economic zones, but international law expert Harry Roque says the talks should be aimed at concluding an agreement between the Philippines and a local government of China to avoid violating the Philippines' one-China policy.

Under that policy, the Philippines has diplomatic relations only with China, which considers Taiwan its province.

But the Philippines maintains economic and cultural relations with Taiwan, though not through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) but through the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (Meco), an agency under the Office of the President, with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (Teco) as its Taiwanese counterpart.

Antonio I. Basilio, managing director and resident representative to Meco, said on Monday that the National Bureau of Investigation's resolution of the fatal shooting of Taiwanese fisherman Hung Shih-chen by Filipino coast guards off Balintang Island on May 9 was the "last piece" in the two countries' efforts to put their once good relations together again.

The shooting death of Hung sparked public anger in Taiwan. Taipei demanded an apology from the Philippine government, compensation for Hung's family, the arrest and punishment of the shooters, and the initiation of fishery cooperation talks between the two countries.

To pressure Manila to comply, Taipei froze new jobs for Filipinos in Taiwan and suspended trade and cultural exchanges with the Philippines.

The preparatory meeting on fishery cooperation came two days after the NBI, which investigated the shooting death of Hung, recommended the prosecution of the coast guards involved.

Basilio said Taiwan demanded that charges be brought against the coast guards if found liable.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima submitted the NBI report on the investigation to President Aquino on Tuesday.

Aquino will decide what charges to bring against the shooters.

No use of force

Basilio said Friday's meeting in Manila of Philippine and Taiwanese officials decided to make an agreement not to use force in fishing disputes and prevent the recurrence of the May 9 incident that cost Hung's life.

"The first objective is to clarify procedures and protocol in our overlapping waters," Basilio said. "We plan to start a notification system where each of us has to alert the other in case fishermen are caught poaching in the overlapping waters. We used to have an informal system. This will make it more structured and there will be no more use of force."

Basilio said the two sides were looking to release fishermen caught poaching instead of holding them and their vessels and illegal catch.

He said the two sides were considering fining or requiring poachers to post US$50,000 to $100,000 bond, while keeping their vessels and illegal catch in the apprehending country.

"It's a very stiff fine and it doesn't preclude us from detaining their boats," Basilio said.

Up to three Taiwanese fishermen are caught poaching in waters off Batanes every year, according to the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

Early accord

Basilio said he expected Taiwan and the Philippines to be able to conclude a fishery cooperation agreement in less than the 17 years it took Taiwan and Japan to sign a similar deal, which took effect in April.

Basilio said there was no territorial dispute between the Philippines and Taiwan in their overlapping exclusive economic zones, unlike between Taiwan and Japan, which have rival claims to a group of islands in the East China Sea.

Basilio said Philippine and Taiwanese representatives would meet again in Taipei in early July.

Benjamin Ho, director general of Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said on Sunday that the agenda for the second preparatory meeting would include establishing regulations on fishing order and defining the areas in which fishermen could operate.

The China Post daily in Taiwan quoted Ho as saying the meeting would be attended by officials from the fishery, foreign affairs and maritime patrol agencies of the two countries.

Reports on shooting

"Our goal is to sign a fishery agreement with the Philippines," Ho said. "We will continue to negotiate with the Philippines (on that issue)."

Asked about the investigations of the shooting death of Hung, Ho said both Taiwan and the Philippines had completed their own reports on the incident.

Foreign Minister David Lin also said the reports were expected to be released "soon".

Roque said the start of the fishery talks was a positive step toward restoring good relations between the Philippines and Taiwan.

But he said the talks "may violate the one-China policy".

"All talks with Taiwan should be (done with Taiwan as) part of China," he said.

"The alternative is to craft (the proposed fishery cooperation accord) as an agreement with a local government of China," he said.

With a report from The China Post/ANN

COPYRIGHT: ASIA NEWS NETWORK

Follow @YahooMalaysia on LINE for daily news updates.

Comments on Yahoo pages are subject to our link to Comments Guidelines. You are responsible for any content that you post. Yahoo is not responsible or liable in any way for comments posted by its users. Yahoo does not in any way endorse or support comments made by its users.

  • Karpal’s car crashed into lorry, not the other way around, says Perak police The Malaysian Insider
    Karpal’s car crashed into lorry, not the other way around, says Perak police

    Initial investigations have revealed that Karpal Singh’s Toyota Alphard crashed into a five-ton lorry in the accident yesterday that claimed his life and that of his assistant, Perak police said today. State police chief Datuk Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani also dismissed rumours and speculation that the accident was caused by the lorry crashing... …

  • Langkawi MP unrepentant, continues insults on late Karpal, says Facebook user The Malaysian Insider
    Langkawi MP unrepentant, continues insults on late Karpal, says Facebook user

    A Barisan Nasional MP whose Facebook posting poking fun at the death of Karpal Singh shocked Malaysians has again insulted the late DAP leader, this time comparing him to a hostile figure in Islamic history who fought against Prophet Muhammad. Facebook user Shamsul Kamal Ariffin Mohd Nasir, 42, told The Malaysian Insider that Langkawi MP,... …

  • Told to ‘shut up’ on Twitter, Zul Noordin lashes back at Khairy The Malay Mail Online
    Told to ‘shut up’ on Twitter, Zul Noordin lashes back at Khairy

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 18 — A feud is breaking out between former Perkasa vice president Datuk Zulkifli Noordin and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin on Twitter. Told unequivocally by the minister... …