Jun 112013
The report of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on the May 9 fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman in disputed waters has already been submitted to Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

De Lima, however, refused to disclose the contents of the report, saying it will be forwarded immediately to President Benigno Aquino III.

“Yes. Might submit it to the President today,” said De Lima in a text message to reporters when asked if the report has already been submitted to her.

De Lima had earlier said once she gets a copy of the report, it would be submitted to Aquino first before it will be released to the public.

NBI deputy director Virgilio Mendez has earlier confirmed to GMA News Online the transmission of the report to De Lima.

“Per my information, it will be delivered now to the DOJ,” Mendez said earlier in the day.

Two weeks ago, eight NBI agents flew to Taiwan to conduct their probe on the incident. The team inspected the fishing vessel of the victim and interviewed his companions when the shooting happened.
The NBI also interviewed the medico-legal expert that autopsied the victim. The team were also allowed to view the video of the autopsy.

A seven-man Taiwanese team also went to the Philippines for a four-day parallel investigation on the incident.

The fatal shooting of the 65-year-old fisherman had caused a rift between the Philippines and Taiwan. Both the Philippines and Taiwan insisted that the incident happened within their respective territories. Mark Merueñas/KBK, GMA News

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