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Guimarasnons mark first anniversary of oil spill

August 12, 2007

By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Inquirer, Visayas Bureau
08/11/2007

GUIMARAS ISLAND, Philippines – Flowers were tossed into the seas off Guimaras Saturday to remember and honor the victims and heroes of last year’s massive Petron oil spill.

Aboard the Philippine Coast Guard ship BRP Edsa 2, members of the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council and the Task Force Solar I Oil Spill led the commemoration of the sinking of M/T Solar I on the same spot where the 998-gross-ton tanker chartered by the oil company Petron sank a year ago.

The Solar I spilled 2.1 million liters of bunker fuel in what was considered the country’s worst environmental disaster.

The officials and reporters attended a mass as the ship traversed the route of the tanker from the Guimaras Strait to waters 13.5 nautical miles southwest of Guimaras Island.

Police chaplain Fr. Heintje Canete said the mass was offered for all the victims, especially to Victor Morados and Art Ian Nabua, crew members of the sunken tanker who remain missing and have been presumed dead.

(For the rest of the story, pls. click Oil spill anniversary.)

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