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German resort owner plans P10-M damage suit vs Petron

August 28, 2006

By Hazel P. Villa

ILOILO CITY — The German owner of an island resort heavily affected by the oil spill in Guimaras Island is threatening to file a 10-million-peso damage suit against oil refiner Petron Corp. and the owners of the sunken MT Solar I.
“I will ask the German government and the German Embassy if they can assist me in filing a case for damages,” said Martin Stummer, owner of Nagarao Island Resort in the southwestern part of Guimaras.

Stummer, 66, said he had invested 100 million pesos over the past 18 years to protect the corals and marine life around Nagarao and to beautify the 10-hectare island off the coast of Sibunag.

European guests normally stay for several weeks or months on Nagarao, which is 30 percent mangroves, 50 percent white beach, and 20 percent rock formation surrounded by coral gardens.

Stummer said one of his three sons with Ilongga wife Helen Solayao-Stummer had reported that the island’s beach was covered with thick bunker fuel oil.

“I consider my investments a total loss,” said Stummer in a telephone interview Tuesday evening from Binalbagan town, Negros Occidental province, where he is temporarily residing.

(Originally published on INQ7.net, Aug. 24, 2006. Click here for the rest of the story.)

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