Manila makes 'official apology' over Taiwanese fisherman's death
TAIPEI (AFP) - A Philippine special envoy visited Taiwan on Thursday to offer an "official apology" for the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman, a move likely to ease severely strained ties.
Amadeo R. Perez, chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office, which handles relations in the absence of diplomatic ties, travelled to the small southern port town of Hsiaoliuchiu to meet the family of fisherman Hung Shih-cheng.
Mr Perez, in televised comments, said he wished to convey "the Philippine people's deep regret and apology to the family of Mr Hung Shih-cheng over this unfortunate loss of life of their beloved one".
"May I respectfully present our official letter of apology to the family of Mr Hung on behalf of our president and our people," he told Mr Hung's widow, before giving her the letter and shaking her hands.