By: Elaine Hou and Kuo Chih-hsuan
Taipei, May 7 (CNA) Taiwan urged the Philippines on Thursday to release the
Taiwanese fishing boat and fishermen on board once it completes a necessary investigation on whether the boat was operating illegally in waters off the Philippines.
“The Philippine authorities have notified us of the incident,” said Anna Kao (高安), spokeswoman for Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, when asked about the incident.
“Our representative office in the Philippines has been following the developments of the incident,” she said. “We urge the Philippine authorities to release the boat and the fishermen as soon as the necessary investigation has been completed.” [FULL STORY]