|Signage at a fish market stall|
Apology from the representative of the Philippines yesterday. President Ma held a national security meeting in the morning and, in the end, they decided not to accept the Philippines apology.
|Taiwan's Presidential spokeswoman Lee Chia-fei at the press conference|
"The Philippines' thoughtless perfunctory authorization is not enough. We repeatedly express our strong dissatisfaction, so we will freeze Filipino workers' applications, recall our representative to the Philippines, and ask the representative of the Philippines to go home. Later, the Office of the President will hold an international press conference."
Because of the shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman in Philippine waters (by the Philippine Coast Guard) on Thursday (May 9, 2013), the Taiwan government imposed a 72-hour deadline to the Philippines to comply with 4 demands. At 7 o'clock this morning, the Taiwan President convened the national security meeting. Taiwan's Presidential Palace said that the Philippine Government lacks sincerity and will freeze Filipino workers' application immediately, recall its representative to the Philippines, and ask the representative of the Philippines to return to "help properly handle" the case.
In addition, President Ma said that if, by 6 o'clock in the afternoon today (May 15, 2013), the Philippine Government is still unable to meet our 4 demands, 8 inter-ministerial sanctions will be implemented. The Executive Yuan will hold a press conference later to discuss its foreign government position. - source:TVBS as translated by Bing and Fellow Jean Kho FB Post
Sorry to burst your bubbles, Mr. President Aquino. What went wrong? Kaawaawa po yung 87,000 OFWs talaga and their families back home. (The 87,000 OFWs and their families back home are indeed pitiful.) Takot na daw po silang lumabas sa ngayon. ( They are reportedly afraid to go outside at present.) To the Taiwanese please understand and have compassion in your heart that the fault or sin of one Filipino is not the sin of every Filipino. The same way sa mga kapwa ko Pinoy hindi po lahat ng singkit ay Taiwanese huwag po tayong manghusga at huwag na huwag po tayong mananakit. World peace.