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Philippine skipper pleads not guilty to 2013 fatal shooting of Taiwanese fisherman

Published on Jul 8, 2014 10:52 AM

MANILA - The skipper of a Coast Guard ship involved in the 2013 shooting and death of a Taiwanese fisherman, an incident that triggered a tense diplomatic row between Manila and Taipei, has pleaded not guilty to homicide charges.

In a hearing before a court in Batanes province north of Manila on Monday, Philippine Coast Guard Commanding Officer Arnold Enriquez de la Cruz pleaded not guilty to the killing of Mr Hung Shih-cheng off the Balintang Channel in May 2013.

The court deferred the arraignment of the other Coast Guard men involved in the case.

Mr Hung died from a bullet wound in the neck when his boat, the Guang Da Xing 28, was fired upon by a Coast Guard ship commanded by De la Cruz off Batanes province north of the main island of Luzon.

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