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Taiwan freezes hiring of Filipinos over fisherman death

Published on May 15, 2013 12:18 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan on Wednesday froze the hiring of Philippine workers and recalled its envoy to Manila in protest over the killing of a fisherman, rejecting an apology over the incident as inadequate.

The 65-year-old fisherman was shot dead by Philippine coastguards last week after they said his vessel had strayed into territorial waters, sparking outrage in Taiwan at a time of high tensions over regional maritime disputes.

Taiwan said earlier that the Philippines had apologised over the incident, but President Ma Ying-jeou insisted Manila offer a formal apology and compensation, apprehend the killer and launch talks on the fishing industry.

"President Ma expressed his strong dissatisfaction over the Philippines' lack of sufficient sincerity and its shifting attitude," spokeswoman Lee Chia-fei told reporters, adding that the president would recall Taipei's envoy to Manila.

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