MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) Sulpicio Lines Inc. filed a P3-million civil damage suit against the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration for allegedly giving inaccurate weather forecast on typhoon Frank (international codename: Fengshen).
SULPICIO WAS ABLE GET OFF THE HOOK FOR THE SINKING OF MV DONA PAZ, MV DONA MARILYN and MV PRINCESS OF THE ORIENT. THEY THINK BY FILING A CASE AGAINST PAGASA THEY CAN CREATE REASONABLE DOUBT LEADING TO AN ACQUITTAL .
ACCORDING TO A RECENT EDITORIAL OF THE PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER "on Oct. 29, 1988 the Board of Marine Inquiry absolved Sulpicio Lines of any responsibility in the sinking of the MV Doña Paz and found MT Vector at fault. In 1992, a Manila regional trial court held Sulpicio Lines “solely responsible” for the accident and ordered it to pay P1.2 million to the heirs of two victims. In 1996, the Court of Appeals absolved Sulpicio Lines of any liability and laid the blame on Vector and Caltex Philippines, which had leased the tanker. In September 2006 the Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court ruling ordering Sulpicio Lines to pay P14.9 million to the family of an engineer who died in the sinking of the MV Doña Paz.
In the case of MV Doña Marilyn, the Board of Marine Inquiry said the disaster was due to force majeure or “an act of God,’’ and held no one responsible. In September 2000, the Department of Justice dropped the criminal case against Sulpicio Lines in connection with the sinking of MV Princess of the Orient, saying that it could not be held criminally responsible for the accident.LET US NOT ALLOW SULPICIO TO GO SCOT FREE. TELL YOUR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS TO BE VIGILANT. AS I SAID BEFORE AND I WILL SAY IT AGAIN, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.