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Opposition solons score ‘leak’ on oil spill findings

September 14, 2006

OPPOSITION congressmen on Friday scored at the SBMI after one its members leaked to the media the “unofficial, personal findings” on the Guimaras oil spill.

Gilbert Remulla of Cavite, Rolex Suplico of Iloilo and Juan Edgardo Angara of Aurora also said the leakage could “distort” the findings of board’s inquiry.

They urged the board to find out the source of the leak.

An unnamed member of the SBMI reportedly revealed what he described as “my personal findings” that overloading and bad weather caused the Solar 1 to sink.

The SBMI member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said “other board members have different individual conclusions, but in the end the same result will come out.”

The official said the board’s findings and recommendations had been submitted to the DOTC, but he declined to say who would face charges for the oil spill.

Remulla said the SBMI may have been “testing the waters” by leaking the results.

“Leakages and test balloons are often used as a tool for corruption, bribery and unwarranted protection and any delay in the release of official findings would only increase the suspicion of a whitewash,” he said.

Suplico advised Marina officials against leaking information since the Guimaras oil spill is a “very sensitive issue that should be treated with care at all times.”

Angara feared that the leak could affect the credibility of the final output of the investigation. “The findings should not be premature for these could create doubts on the final output or actual findings of the investigation,” he said

(From the Manila Times, Sept. 15, 2006.)

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