Wednesday, September 06, 2006

NDCC Issues Gag Order on Petron Oil Spill

National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) Chairman and concurrent Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz Jr. has ordered the regional command of the Philippine Coast Guard to no longer issue statements to the media regarding the oil spill (read this Panay News report). For their part, Malacañang has given assurances that they will exert all efforts to rehabilitate Guimaras. The President today is scheduled to arrive in Guimaras to preside over the NDCC meeting and check on rehabilitation operations there. Guimaras residents appeal for soap, toothpaste. (Photo: The usually forthcoming Philippine Coast Commander Jarder turns "pensive" during a press conference in Iloilo - photo courtesy of The Guardian newspaper) .

The Department of Justice has recommended criminal and civil charges against the captain of the MT Solar I and its owners as well as executives of Petron Corporation. The Iloilo City government headed by Mayor Jerry Treñas is mulling a class suit against Petron and Sunshine Maritime Development Corporation, the owner of MT Solar I. Last week, the oil spill has reached Arevalo and Molo districts which affected the sales of business establishments there.

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