Reliable determination of source parameters for offshore earthquakes east of Taiwan with mb<5.5 was a difficult task because of the poor azimuthal coverage by local network and the lack of signals at teleseismic distances. We take advantage of the recently established `Broadband Array in Taiwan for Seismology' (BATS) to invert seismic moment tensors for 7 such events occurred in 1996. To cope with different patterns of background noise and unknown structural details, we utilize variable frequency bands in the inversion and adapt a two-step procedure to select best velocity models for individual epicenter-station paths. Our results are consistent with the overall patterns of regional collision and indicate that the resulting compressive stress has caused significant intraplate deformation within the Philippine Sea plate. Simulation of the region's geological evolution and orogenic processes should take this factor into account and allow the Philippine Sea plate to deform internally.