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No oil spill compensation for under-aged victims

January 27, 2007

By Florence F. Hibionada
The News Today, Jan. 26, 2007

AFTER hundreds of thousands in checks released to oil spill victims in the province of Guimaras, a new complaint has been raised following reports that under-aged claimants have been barred from any compensation.

Nueva Valencia Mayor Diosdado Gonzaga disclosed that said applications of a number of claimants, mostly minors, were refused by the International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund.

As such, Mayor Gonzaga wrote to Nueva Valencia barangay captains to keep watch of the ongoing check distribution in an effort to resolve and avert similar problems.

Reached by Bombo Radyo Iloilo, Gonzaga decried the alleged denial of claims to Guimaras locals below 18 years old though it was not clear how many of such claims were disallowed in the compensation process.

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