TWO marine product traders were found dead after they were attacked by pirates near an island in the province of Zamboanga Sibugay, the police reported Sunday.
Zamboanga Sibugay Police Regional Office spokesman Romulo Cleve Taboso identified the victims as Ramil Dela Cruz and Reneboy Duran, both residents of Vincenzo Sagun town, Zamboanga del sur.
Taboso said the victims' remains were found inside a motorized banca floating near Isla Bato in the municipality of Malangas, Zamboanga Sibugay, around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Taboso said investigation showed that the victim went early Saturday to Malangas town coming from Vincenzo Sagun municipality to deliver lobster to a buyer.
He said the victims left Malangas town around 10 a.m. of the same day aboard a motorized banca when suddenly, a group of pirates aboard on another small boat attacked them and carted away undetermined amount of money. (Bong Garcia)