Coast Guard men post bail on Taiwanese killing

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

EIGHT members of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) charged for the death of a Taiwanese fisherman nearly a year ago paid for their temporary freedom on Wednesday.

Facing arrest for homicide at a Batanes court are Coast Guard Commander Arnold dela Cruz, Seaman Second Class Nicky Aurello, Seamen First Class Edrando Aguila, Mhelvyn Bendo III, Andy Gibb Glofo, Sunny Masangkay and Henry Solomon and Petty Officer 2 Richard Corpuz.

They posted P40,000 bail each before the Manila Regional Trial Court branch 37. Dela Cruz and Bendo gave an additional P12,000 each for obstruction of justice charges pending at the Sta. Ana Municipal Trial Court branch 11 in Cagayan.

According to the Rules of Court, any person in custody who is not yet arraigned can post bail before any court.

The judge who accepted the bail shall then forward the cash bond, together with the release order and other supporting papers to the court where the case is pending.

Before posting bail, the accused's lawyer Rodrigo Moreno said his clients surrendered to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and underwent booking procedure.

The cases stemmed from the killing of 65-year-old fisherman Hung shih-cheng on May 9, 2013 in the Balintang Channel, which is near the boundary between the Philippines and Taiwan.

The Coast Guard men said Hung was accidentally shot when the fisherman and his group, suspected of poaching in Philippine waters, refused to stop and tried to ram the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) ship MCS 3001 that may pose danger to the lives of those onboard. (Sunnex)

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