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PAMALAKAYA condemns killing of 2 Vietnamese fishermen; slams Philippine Navy’s trigger-happy in the sea

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PAMALAKAYA condemns killing of 2 Vietnamese fishermen; slams Philippine Navy’s

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Photo of Vietnamese fisherman who was killed in a shooting incident with the Philippine Navy | Photo by ABS-CBN News

trigger-happy in the sea

Manila, Philippines – “The Philippine Navy should have apprehended the Vietnamese poachers and confiscated their fishing gears peacefully instead of resorting to violence and gun fire,”

This was the statement of the national fisherfolk group Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (PAMALAKAYA-Pilipinas) on Wednesday denouncing the Philippine Navy’s violent approach to the Vietnamese fishermen who illegally entered our exclusive economic zone (EEZ) last Saturday evening.

According to police report, the shooting incident happened at around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday where some 49 members of the Philippine Navy spotted 6 Vietnamese vessels illegally fishing in Philippine waters, about 34 nautical miles from the town of Bolinao in Pangasinan. The Philippine Navy then fired warning shots against the Vietnamese vessels while trying to escape, resulting to the death of 2 Vietnamese fishermen, while 5 of their companions have been arrested.

The fisherfolk group said that while they recognize and condemn the illegal fishing activities committed by the Vietnamese fishermen within our waters, responding them with military force is overkill and uncalled-for.

The group fears that the same violence might happen to Filipino fishermen if they accidentally washed up on foreign coasts, particularly in Vietnam.

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