Raps filed against Coast Guard officers for fisherman's death
MANILA - Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Wednesday confirmed that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has filed charges against Coast Guard personnel for homicide and obstruction of justice in connection with the death of a Taiwanese fisherman off the northern coast of Luzon.
The NBI earlier released its findings on the killing of the fisherman.
The NBI had recommended homicide charges against 8 Coast Guard personnel involved in the fatal shooting.
Their commanding officer and three others will also face charges of obstruction of justice for tampering with evidence.
"These PCG officers and personnel falsified a gunnery report which reduced the rounds of ammunition used in the incident. They also spliced the video taken of the incident cutting off vital portions, which they then presented to NBI investigators," NBI Director Nonnatus Rojas said.
The NBI said the Philippine Coast Guard failed to prove that a Taiwanese fishing boat tried to ram one of their vessels, forcing them to shoot it.
The incident last May caused tensions between the Philippines and Taiwan with Taipei imposing economic sanctions against Manila.
Taiwan also demanded an apology from the Philippine government and compensation for the fisherman's family. - with a report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News