8 PH coast guards charged for Taiwanese fisherman's death

MANILA, Philippines – Homicide charges have been filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) against 8 Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) personnel over a Taiwanese fisherman's death, State Prosecutor General Claro Arellano said Thursday, April 3.

The charges were filed on March 27 at the Batanes Regional Trial Court.

Indicted for the death of Taiwanese national Huang Shih-Cheng are the following:

The 8 indicted PCG personnel  "admitted to have fired their firearms" at the Taiwanese fishing boat where Shih-Cheng was aboard.

Obstruction of justice charges were also filed against Dela Cruz and Bendo before the Cagayan Municipal Trial Court for allegedly preparing and submitting a “falsified” monthly gunner report related to the incident.

The fisherman's death – dubbed as the Balintang incident – created a rift between the Philippines and Taiwan. Over 16,000 Filipinos working in Taiwan were temporarily jobless after Shih-Cheng's death. (READ: Standing firm against Taiwan's strong-arm tactics– Rappler.com