Police on Thursday arrested two individuals in Tuy, Batangas for allegedly throwing chemical wastes into a river that caused a huge foam to appear in Barangays Sabang and Bayudbud.
Local authorities identified the suspects as Romano Cabrera, 46, and Mark Anthony Austria, 38. Both are residents of Tuy town.
Police said the two were apprehended following complaints from residents about a foul smell in the area in the afternoon of August 19.
When they proceeded to the area to verify the information, police allegedly found the two suspects cleaning 16 drums on the river’s shore.
Police said appropriate charges will be filed against them.
The local government of Tuy and the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office, meanwhile, said an investigation into the effects of the chemicals is underway. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Aris Silvestre)
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) immediately dispatched BRP Boracay to help in the fire incident involving a Philippine-registered cargo vessel, MV Moreta Venture southwest off Marikaban Island in Batangas around 4:53 a.m. Monday (July 20).
Commodore Leovigildo Panopio of the PCG-Southern Tagalog reported that there was no casualty in the incident.
The fire was immediately contained and declared fire out at around 8:00 a.m.
BRP Boracay (FPB-2401) was berthed in Sta. Clara, Batangas City when the PCG Command Center received a distress call from said cargo vessel.
Said cargo vessel, which is now dead on the water and drifting, will be towed to the nearest port for safety.
The PCG is now coordinating with the nearest tugboat in the vicinity waters for assistance.
A total of 336 evacuees from the oil spill in Iloilo on July 3 are crammed in five evacuation centers with no physical distancing, limited beds, and delayed food relief.
Some of the children and the elderly had no choice but to sleep on the floor.
There were also no kitchen facilities installed in the evacuation centers.
Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas expressed his disappointment with AC Energy Corporation for handling the situation poorly.
“I am utterly disappointed sa inihanda ng kanilang kumpanya (I am utterly disappointed with what the company has prepared). They promised me they will take care of all the evacuees and yet hindi nakahanda ang ginawa nila, (they were ill-prepared),” he said during his inspection in the evacuation centers on Thursday (July 7).
The mayor said it is the company’s obligation to provide the appropriate assistance to the residents and fix their current situation.
Meanwhile, the AC Energy Corporation, the owner of the power barge that was damaged due to the explosion, still has not commented on the matter. –AAC (with reports from Lalaine Moreno)
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