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Captain’s brod eyed as suspect in oil pilferage

October 16, 2006

By Erwin Ambo S. Delilan
Sunstar Bacolod, Oct. 16, 2006

THE alleged oil pilferage believed by some to have caused the sinking of M/T Solar 1 is not yet over.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed Sunday that based on its ongoing investigation, the brother of ship captain Norberto Aguro is being suspected of having engaged in this illegal activity prior to the sinking last August 11.

Aguro’s brother reportedly commanded a ship that was pilfering fuel from the ill-fated tanker before it sank, the DOJ added.

Solar I was chartered by Petron Corporation to carry its 2 million liters of bunker fuel from Bataan to Zamboanga del Norte when it met a sea tragedy.

But Petron’s Joey Campos, vice president for marketing, earlier dismissed the rumor as “just a mere allegation.” He added that pilferage at mid-sea is not possible.

(Click Oil pilferage for the full story.)

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SO far the DOJ has yet tp produce any strong evidence to support its theory about oil pilferage at sea, and now wishes to involve the brother of Solar I’s doggone skipper. Methinks DOJ is now trying to get into the same business as the Brothers Grimm. Tsk, tsk, tsk.

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