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Iloilo reiterates boycott of Petron products

August 31, 2006

By Lory Ann B. Bilbao

THE Iloilo Provincial Board recognized Petron Corporation’s efforts in containing the spill caused by its chartered oil hauler, M/T Solar 1, which sank, but the pronouncement of boycotting its petroleum products remains.

“I’ve seen the sincerity and effort of the corporation to contain the spill, but there was no assurance of totally solving the problem, which is to re-float the sunken vessel which they chartered or siphoning the remaining 1.8 million liters,” Board Member Domingo B. Oso Jr. said.

Oso was the proponent of the board’s resolution “encouraging Ilonggos to boycott Petron products” if it does not re-float the vessel or siphon the unspilled oil in M/T Solar 1.

Petron asked that they be given until November to properly act on the problem but the PB members find it too long a timeline that the ship might blow up and the spill to totally contaminate the Visayan Sea.

(Click Sunstar for the full story, Aug. 31, 2006.)

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