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Japanese owners of Sunshine close office

September 2, 2006

GOVERNMENT yesterday barred the officers of Sunshine Maritime Development Corp., owner of the sunken oil tanker Solar 1, from leaving the country while investigations are ongoing.

But Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez, who issued the order, at the same time said officials cannot enforce the order against the Sunshine stockholders, including its four Japanese incorporators, because no cases have been filed against them over the oil spill resulting from the sinking of Solar 1.

Gonzalez did not explain why he issued the order which he himself considered unenforceable.

Covered by the hold-departure order were Mototsugu Yamaguchi, Hiroyasu Yamaguchi, Tomoki Tsubomoto, Hiromi Irishika and their Filipino partners Dionisio Parulan, Gregorio Flores, Clemente Cancio, Roberto Mena and Angelita Buenaventura.

“They used to be just under the watchlist, but now I issued an HDO because they have closed their local office. They can’t be located by our process servers,” he said.

Gonzalez said the incorporators of Sunshine Maritime could be held liable for civil damages in connection with the oil slick that adversely affected the livelihood of residents of Guimaras and neighboring provinces.

(Click Malaya, Sept. 2, 2006, for the full story.)

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