DOTC Secretary Abaya Wants Answers on Masbate Sinking

Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Aguinaldo Abaya has given orders to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to work with the Board of Marine Inquiry (BMI) in order to resolve the MV Lady of Carmel Roll-on Roll-off Ship mishap inMasbate without delay.

“Now that the Office of Civil Defense, the Coast Guard, and the Philippine Navy have already exhausted their search and rescue efforts and begun retrieval operations, our immediate objective is to determine what circumstances led to this unfortunate incident,” Secretary Abaya declared.

“We want to find out what really happened and we will do whatever is necessary within the purview of the DOTC, to avoid such accidents in the future,” Abaya added.

The Board of Marine Inquiry (BMI) is tasked to investigate the accident, for the purpose of identifying its cause, as well as concomitant liabilities, if there are any.

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