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Shipboard data refutes Manila’s claim

MATTER OF RECORD:The Fisheries Agency released data from the ‘Kuang Ta Hsing No. 28’s voyage recorder, while Manila refused interviews with its coast guard personnel

By Shih Hsiu-chuan and Rich Chang  /  Staff reporters, with CNA

Chen said the ministry has agreed to Manila sending a team to Taiwan.

Earlier on Monday, Philippine Secretary of Justice Leila de Lima reiterated her opposition to the idea of a joint investigation, saying that Taiwan and the Philippines were instead conducting “parallel” or “respective” investigations.

“It’s not advisable to agree to a joint probe, because you know, aside from sovereignty issues involved, there is foreign policy implications involved because of the ‘one China’ policy,” De Lima said.

However, a Taiwanese team would be allowed to view written testimony given by the officers, De Lima said.

The Philippines has also expressed interest in sending its investigators to Taiwan to gain further information on the shooting.

De Lima said Manila hoped to meet the Taiwanese fishermen who were on the boat at the time of the incident and get their statements, as well as conduct another autopsy on the deceased fisherman, if his family agrees.

De Lima said that the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation had completed its investigation in the Philippines and was waiting to go to Taiwan to continue the investigation there, before issuing a final report.

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