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Negros Occ. governor doubts Petron’s letter

September 21, 2006

By Roberto L. Bacasong

VALLADOLID town Mayor Ricardo Presbitero will conduct an oil spill drill starting tomorrow in the town’s coastal waters.

Presbitero, in an interview Wednesday, said they are wary because of the sighting of an oil sheen floating in their coastal waters.

Negros Occidental Governor Joseph Marañon expressed doubts on the assurance given by oil giant Petron Corp. in a letter sent recently.

“I think in a few more days we (will) write to Petron again. The letter did not state a time frame as to when the ship will be removed from the seabed of Guimaras,” he said.

Jose Campos Jr., Petron Corp. vice president for marketing, wrote Marañon assuring the Provincial Government the removal of the remaining oil.

Meanwhile, a squabble occurred among local residents in Nueva Valencia after they accused their village chief of being unfair in hiring laborers for the clean up of the oil spill.

About 262 households and 143 affected families recently complained in Barangay Guioanon, Nueva Valencia before Mayor Diosdado Gonzaga saying that village chief Edmundo Galve is unfair in recruiting workers.

Galve is the second village chief that was complained by local folks as being unfair in hiring clean up drive laborers.

Gonzaga, in an interview Tuesday, asserted that some of 143 households wanted to be hired as worker for the oil spill clean up.

Petron Corporation, the owner of estimated millions of liters of bunker fuel, funds the clean up of the spill. With Jay Dooma Balnig

(For more oil spill stories, click Sunstar, Sept. 21, 2006.)

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