Police Chief Inspector Helen Galvez, spokesperson of Zamboanga City Police Office, on Tuesday said pirates executed eight fishermen whose fishing boat they intercepted in seas east of Zamboanga City.
Coast guard and police said the incident occurred about 8 p.m. on Monday in the off Laud Siromon, Barangay Dita.
Galvez said there were 15 fishers in all boarding the boat while only seven of them managed to escape when they were intercepted by five unknown attackers.
Nomar Sakandal and Kervin Banahan, two of the seven survivors, told police at Station 3 in Barangay Sangali that the suspects were aboard two ‘jungkong’ speedboats.
“We managed to jump overboard and swam away but some of our companions were killed,” the two survivors told police authorities in a local language.
Meanwhile, Coast Guard station in Zamboanga City said five other survivors managed to swim ashore on Siromon Island.
The bodies of those who were killed have been recovered. They all bore gunshot wounds and some of them were hogtied when they were executed aboard the fishing boat.
Police suspect that the attackers are part of a group that has preyed and exacted extortion money from local fishermen in the past.