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Navy joins Guimaras cleanup

September 15, 2006

THE Navy is sending 10 boats to Iloilo to help clean up the country’s worst oil spill caused by a tanker that sank off Guimaras on Aug. 11, an official said yesterday.

Navy spokesman Giovanni Bacordo said the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources donated the 28-footer boats, which would be turned over to the Office of Civil Defense in Iloilo.

He said the Navy ship BRP Bacolod City would carry the boats, and it was expected in Iloilo last night.

Meanwhile, the head of the House committee on public information said she would summon Maritime Industry Authority and Coast Guard officials to shed more light on a report that overloading had caused the oil tanker Solar 1 to sink.

“Congress will determine the liability of the Coast Guard and other maritime agencies [in the tanker’s sinking ], Rep. Emmylou Talino Santos said.

(For the full story, click Mla. Standard Today, Sept. 16, 2006.)

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