Philippines waiting for Taiwan anger to cool
MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines is waiting for tempers in Taiwan to cool before settling the dispute over a shot Taiwanese fisherman, the head of an office in charge of relations said on Sunday.
Issues like Manila's "one-China" policy and comments by Taiwanese investigators branding the incident as murder have complicated the situation, said Amadeo Perez, chairman of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office.
"We are waiting for the right time because I was told by the secretary-general for Asian affairs, we should wait for the temperature in Taiwan to cool," Mr Perez said in an interview with DZMM radio.
"The Taiwanese are highly emotional and... the media in Taiwan is heating things up so tempers are running high."