“It is a cross-border crime, with evidence such as the suspects, the Philippine Coast Guard and guns in the Philippines, while the victims and the boat are in Taiwan,” he said. “It would be impossible to resolve the case if the two countries did not work together and combine all their evidence.”
Meanwhile, in Manila, Perez said the Philippines is waiting for tempers in Taiwan to cool before settling the dispute.
Issues like Manila’s “one China” policy and comments by Taiwanese investigators branding the incident as “murder” have complicated the situation, Perez said in an interview with DZMM radio.
Additional reporitng by Rich Chang and AFP