8 Coast Guard men set to appeal homicide conviction over Taiwanese fisher's death


Posted at Oct 03 2019 01:06 PM

MANILA - Eight members of the Philippine Coast Guard found guilty of homicide over the death of a Taiwanese fisherman in 2013 have notified a Manila court that they would appeal their conviction.

PCG Cmdr. Arnold dela Cruz, Seaman Second Class 2 Nicky Aurelio, and Seamen First Class Edrando Aguila, Mhelvyn Bendo II, Andy Gibb Golfo, Sonny Masangkay, Henry Solomon and PO2 Richard Corpuz on Thursday filed a 2-page joint notice of appeal before the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 15.

The court earlier sentenced them to 8 years and 1 day to 14 years, 8 months and 1 day in prison on top of P50,000 in civil indemnity and P50,000 in moral damages for the death of Hong Shi Cheng at the Balintang Channel off Batanes.

In May 2013, the Coast Guard personnel had fired at Taiwanese vessel Guang Da Xing No. 28 as it allegedly trespassed into Philippine waters. The Taiwanese fisherman died during what was supposed to be a routine maritime patrol.

Taipei had imposed sanctions against Manila over the Balintang incident but it backtracked after a Philippine official traveled to Taiwan to apologize as authorities recommended the filing of charges against the accused.

-- Report from Johnson Manabat, ABS-CBN News