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The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is still pursuing its investigation even as Petron Corp. assumed responsibility for the oil spill in Rosario, Cavite and Manila Bay.
Sanctions may be imposed on the oil firm following its subtle admission on the leak of its submerged pipeline.PCG spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo said that the ongoing probe is aimed at determining the extent of the damages and liability of Petron Corp over the oil spill. “For sure there is a mediation between the concerned parties,“ Balilo said.
The PCG is still left with hanging questions, which it has yet to solve, pending the completion of the investigation.
Balilo said the Coast Guard wants to know if the leak from pipeline was caused by an accident or was damaged due to its wear and tear condition.
“The good thing is Petron Corp. accepts responsibility and is willing to shoulder the damages,“ he said.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said the government is determined to hold accountable whoever is responsible for the oil slick.
She said the adjudication team of the PCG is handling the investigation to determine the cause of the oil leak as well as the appropriate penalty against the culprits.
A shoreline clean-up is being conducted by PCG on eight affected barangays of Rosario town such as Muzon 1, Muzon 2, Kanluran, Sapa 1, Sapa 2, Sapa 3, Wawa 2, and Wawa 3. “The activity is to collect debris then the application of biodegreaser,“ he added.
In Tanza town, the Science Technician team from the PCG’s Marine Environmental Protection Unit (MEPU) was deployed to conduct oil and grease analysis to determine the oil content of the sediments present in the area.
Meanwhile, Sen. Cynthia Villar yesterday called for a stricter regulation and monitoring of oil companies’ installations and operations following the oil spill that affected parts of Manila Bay.
Though Petron Corp. has acknowledged its responsibility over the pipeline that submerged and leaked off the coast of Cavite, the senator said the government should still investigate the matter in order to trace the cause of the leak.
The government should summon officials of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in the investigation.(with reports from Genalyn Kabiling, Hannah L. Torregoza)


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