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Thursday, September 5, 2013
(UPDATED)Taiwan on Thursday voiced concern over the alleged maltreatment of a fisherman who was arrested and detained off Batanes earlier this week.
A report by Taiwan's Central News Agency identified the fisherman as Tsai Po, 53.
It added the Taiwanese government has requested the Philippines to investigate the allegation of harsh treatment.
The CNA said Tsai claimed in a phone interview that Philippine authorities "were quite unfriendly" to Tsai.
Tsai was allegedly given only a single pack of instant noodles to eat on his first day.
The CNA report also said Tsai's wife Shih Li-hua claimed her husband was injured during the arrest.
It quoted Shih as saying Tsai was handcuffed and tied up, and allegedly dragged out of the ship, spraining his waist and legs.
Earlier, the Philippine Coast Guard said they intercepted a Taiwanese fishing vessel off Batanes in Extreme Northern Luzon.
Radio reports quoted Coast Guard spokesperson Cmdr. Armand Balilo as saying the vessel was found in Batanes waters.
The interception came nearly four months after Philippine authorities encountered a Taiwanese fishing vessel off disputed waters between Northern Luzon and Taiwan.
In the May 9 incident, a Taiwanese fisherman was shot dead, and prompted Taiwan to impose sanctions on Manila, including a freeze on new labor hires.
The National Bureau of Investigation eventually recommended homicide charges against eight Coast Guard personnel for the shooting.
With the recommendations and an apology to the slain fisherman’s family, Taiwan lifted its sanctions on the Philippines. (JK/Sunnex)