Both sides need to slowly back down to avoid escalation to war.
It is harder for Ma Y J, because the Taiwanese fisherman was shot.
If Ma Y J backs down first, KMT will surely lose the 2014 elections for mayors of the five major municipalities and local county magistrates.
If Ma Y J backs down first, the next KMT candidate will surely lose the 2016 Presidential elections.
It is hard for Aquino.
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After news of the incident broke, the PCG spokesman Commander Armand Balilo prempted his own president and made a public statement that no apology was needed.
This shows that the PCG is completely out of control.
After that screw up, Aquino apologised twice.
The Taiwanese threat of sanction to freeze the new hiring of workers from Philippines, is not meaningful. Because it is toothless and weak even if they implement it. Filipinos laugh at this "sanction" in their Internet forums.
In the mean time, the street protest rhetoric is asking for declaration of war, if there is no apology.
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