Two Vietnamese fishermen were killed by members of the Philippine Navy in an alleged encounter in waters off Bolinao, Pangasinan on Saturday morning.
Radio dzBB's Sam Nielsen reported that the Vietnamese were caught fishing 32 nautical miles off Bolinao town.
According to Lieutenant Jose Covarrubias, public affairs officer of the Naval Forces Northern Luzon, the fishermen used fish attractors.
"Nasa Philippine waters po sila, within our exclusive economic zone, ginagamit nila yung super light na ilaw sir, yung fish attractor, within our waters," Covarubbias said.
He added that there is an ongoing investigation into the incident.
The alleged firefight happened as the Vietnamese fishermen attempted to escape, the report added.
Five other Vietnamese fishermen have been placed under the custody of the Bolinao police.
The report said Vietnam government's representatives who rushed to Pangasinan after receiving report of the incident were dismayed over the incident.
The Department of Foreign Affairs, meanwhile, has yet to issue a statement on the incident. —Anna Felicia Bajo/ALG/BM, GMA News