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Philippine Navy fires on Vietnamese fishing boats, two dead

25 September 2017

Key Points

  • The Philippine Navy has opened fire on a Vietnamese fishing boat, killing two persons
  • Increasing cases of IUU fishing in the region are showing signs of potentially escalating maritime conflicts

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has assured Hanoi that a thorough investigation will be conducted into the deaths of two Vietnamese fishermen, who were said to have been killed during an encounter with the Philippine Navy (PN) on 23 September.

According to the DFA, the PN fired upon a Vietnamese fishing vessel identified only as PY 96173TS after it allegedly entered Philippine exclusive economic zone approximately 35 n miles off Bolinao, on the country’s main island of Luzon, at about 17:30 h local time.

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