Taiwan’s representative to the Philippines, Raymond Wang (王樂生), may resume his duties in Manila soon, now that relations between the two countries have returned to normal, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday.
The Philippines’ representative to Taiwan, Antonio I. Basilio, meanwhile, is scheduled to return to Taipei on Monday, the ministry said.
Wang was recalled by the government in May as tensions between Taiwan and the Philippines escalated over the fatal shooting of fisherman Hung Shih-cheng (洪石成) on May 9.
Dissatisfied with Manila’s handling of the incident, Taiwan imposed sanctions against the Philippines and demanded that Basilio return home to help deal with the incident.
However, on Thursday the government announced a decision to immediately lift all 11 sanctions against the Philippines, which had included a freeze on the hiring of Filipino workers in Taiwan and a travel alert for the Philippines.
The decision came in the wake of a recommendation by the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to bring homicide charges against eight coast guard officers involved in the fatal shooting, and an apology offered in person by an envoy of Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to Hung’s family.
The Philippine government has also reached an agreement with the family on a compensation package, ministry officials said.
Meanwhile, Taiwan and the Philippines are expected to begin formal fishery talks in Taipei soon, ministry officials said.
In a preparatory meeting on June 14, the two sides reached an initial consensus on several issues, including a decision not to use force or violence when patrolling fishing grounds.