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The previous report about PCG personnels laughing while firing at the Taiwanese fishing boat is now rebuffed by PCG commander Balilo.
[news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2B ... 101/2.html](http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130603-427101/2.html)
[quote]According to Balilo, "laughing" and "smiling" are completely different. "As we all know, they do not have the same meanings," he said.[/quote]
PCG were merely smiling.
[quote]Philippine and Taiwanese investigators have agreed on the exact location where the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman allegedly poaching in disputed waters in northern Philippines happened on May 9.
National Bureau of Investigation Deputy Director Virgilio Mendez told reporters there was “no argument” as to the exact coordinates where the incident happened.[/quote]
by the way, I love that the news kept all the tagalog words Deputy Director Mendez used.
magandang <- ma turns something into a verb. g-um-andá becomes beautiful, so ma-ganda-ng turns beautiful into a verb, and then ng modified it into a adjective?.. dunno, language skill limited. Using my already very limited Taiwanese aboriginal language knowledge on a very common Tagalog word…
I wouldn’t say that. The 2 islands to the northwest to that point are part of Batanes, the northernmost province of the Philippines. As someone pointed out in Part I of this thread - the Batanes islands fall within Taiwan’s EEZ, just like how TAICHUNG(!) falls within the Philippines’ EEZ
The closest island is a tiny island named Balintang. It looks like the event took place about 30 nautical miles east of the island (so not Philippine territorial waters, but apparently the Philippine side have very little concern what the rest of the world considered territorial waters). Anyway you slice it, this is a very said event. Pongso no Tao (Lanyu) is so close, and they speak the same Ivatan language as the people in the Batanes. Both sides frequently visits one antoher until World War 2…
Probably me. That’s more reason to conduct fishery talks. I was reading Filipino news regarding fishery talks, apparently they had something similar to an agreement back in 1991, but was invalidated under Chinese pressure by 1998.
I wouldn’t say that. The 2 islands to the northwest to that point are part of Batanes, the northernmost province of the Philippines. As someone pointed out in Part I of this thread - the Batanes islands fall within Taiwan’s EEZ, just like how TAICHUNG(!) falls within the Philippines’ EEZ[/quote]
how can taichung fall within philippines eez when it’s right in the middle of taiwan country??
While the Philippines has to worry a lot more about china, Taiwan also claims to own the entire south China sea.
also, since the batanes are slightly farther north than the midline of the Luzon strait, meaning the bashi channel is shorter than the combined distance of balintang channel and babuyan channel , therefore the maximum extent of the Philippines EEZ cuts deep into the surrounding waters of taiwan. At the same time, Taiwan’s maximum EEZ only reaches the northern tip of Luzon.
The report/source said the incident took place in Philippines’ territory even though 79.2 kilometers is outside of 12 nautical-mile territorial water (~22 km). It seems like most Filipinos can’t tell the difference between territorial waters (12 NM) and exclusive economic zone (200 NM).
The Phil govt plans to spend one billion US dollars to buy ships for its Navy. So that it can be a force to reckon with in future naval disputes.
IF an agreement is not panned out between TW and the Philippines. In the future we could potentially see TW Navy retired American warships against Phil Navy retired American warships facing each other off in the seas between Taiwan and the Philippines.