“Sea accidents are common in the Philippine archipelago due to tropical storms, badly maintained boats and weak enforcement of safety regulations.” — philstar.com.
And I thought that our maritime authorities have learned from last year’s MV Princess of the Stars tragedy. And even before that, we have had a string of maritime disasters, with one of them being considered as the worst peacetime maritime disaster in history: the MV Doña Paz – MT Vector sea collision.
Yesterday morning, MV SuperFerry 9 listed and sank off the coast of Zamboanga del Norte, carrying more than 900 passengers who were roused from their sleep (others report that there were more than 1,000).
What will the Maritime Industry Authority and other local maritime governing bodies have to say –and do– about this? Because you see, to my knowledge, these sea accidents are not that frequent in other countries. Superferry 9 even sailed out to sea in calm weather. Of course, accidents do happen. But sea accidents in the Philippines have been a perennial event that nobody ever wanted to hear.
Around a dozen passengers are already confirmed dead. Many are still missing. If ever they’re still alive, let us pray for their quick rescue…