Taiwanese fisherman's family insists his death wasn't an accident

By Ces Oreña-Drilon, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 24 2013 03:31 PM | Updated as of May 25 2013 05:12 AM

TAIWAN – Liouciou in Taiwan's Pingtung County is at its southeastern tip, just a few hours away by boat from the Philippines' northernmost islands.

The calm and serenity of this island village belie the anger sparked by the death of one of its sons, fisherman Hung Shih-Cheng.

His family is firm his death was not an accident. Hung's remains are still interred in the family home.

Through an interpreter, the family conveyed their four demands: a public apology from the Philippine government; compensation; cases to be filed against coast guard personnel responsible for the killing; and renewed negotiations between Taiwan and the Philippines on fishing rights.

A source said a compensation offer has been made to Hung's family through intermediaries but there is no word as yet if they have accepted.

Hung won't be laid to rest until June 4.

In Kaoshiung, security continues to be provided for the 18,000 Filipino workers, many of whom work the night shift.

Though their workplace is just a few blocks away, the Filipinos are not allowed to walk or ride a bike and have to take a cab.

Those who insist on walking are escorted by guards.

"Medyo kinakabahan pa rin po. Syempre po, di naman natin alam yung mga attitude ng mga Taiwanese people kung kailan nila kami i-harass o hindi. Sa ngayon parang discrimination pa lang po na hindi nila kami pagbebentahan ng mga pagkain," said Lisa Chua.

Dorm coordinator Imelda Pan said, "Medyo kabado po kaming lumabas kaya stay na lang po sa loob ng dorm. Anyway, sa dormitory po namin may mga store kami dito sa loob".

At another dorm, the Filipina workers are fetched by bus--proof authorities are looking out for the welfare of Filipinos.

The Manila Economic and Cultural Office said there have been no new incidents of harassment against Filipinos in Taiwan.

Still, they are being advised not to let their guard down.