Palace mum on shooting of Taiwanese fisherman

Posted at 05/14/2013 3:37 PM

MANILA - Malacañang on Tuesday said its silence on the progress of the investigation on the death of a Taiwanese fisherman does not mean that it is belittling the matter.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the Palace is handling the issue through the “proper channels” to prevent an escalation of tensions. He added that the results of the investigation will be announced “at the proper time.”

“What the President mentioned is that we will proceed and deal with this matter on a calm basis. We are not neglecting our duties. The national elections [are] very, very important for us. It will determine our governance for the next three years and, certainly, this is very important for us," he said.

"This is not, however, to deny the fact that there is an incident that happened last May 8 and that we recognize that particular incident and we are handling that. Insofar as any response that we are going to issue, our position is that we would rather defer any comment. But if there is a response, yes, there will be a response and it will be handed through the proper channels and not through media.”

Asked if the government will consider releasing the footage of the incident, Lacierda said, “I think that should not be a problem. It will be part of the investigation.”