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PH immigration awaits travel papers for 9 Myanmar crew

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Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David on Thursday said they were waiting for travel documents from the Myanmar embassy for the repatriation of the nine  surviving crewmen of a Myanmar ship that sunk last week off the coast of Bolinao , Pangasinan.

David said the nine crewmen were turned over by the BI to the custody of the Myanmar embassy last Monday.

They were identified as Kyi Win, Khin Maung Win, Aung Kyaw Khine, Aung Thu Nyein, Win Saw, Win Min Thein, Aung San Win, Thant Zin Moe, and Cho Aye.

Theodore Pascual, BI bay service section acting chief, disclosed that until last Monday the Myanmar nationals have been under the custody of immigration officials in Region 1 since the mishap occurred last February 16.

Pascual said the crewmen were initially under the custody of the BI field office in Dagupan before they were turned over to the BI office in San Fernando City , La Union.

“They were eventually turned over to the Myanmar embassy which is now processing their travel documents which are required to facilitate their repatriation,” Pascual explained.

A crew member died while 14 others went missing when the foreigners’ vessel sank Saturday night.

The Philippine Coast Guard said the MV Arita Bauxite encountered engine trouble and sank 17 nautical miles (31 km) northwest of Cape Bolinao at about 11:30 p.m.

The nine survivors were reportedly rescued by a passing Chinese vessel. Two of them were hurt and were immediately airlifted to San Fernando City for treatment.


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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NDH6O6PNTAJ23SNYTA6LSYY47Q Butuan

    testing laang

  • kismaytami

    Hindi ba paparusahan yang mga yan sa oil spill na dinulot nila sa ating karagatan?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/AIYSIJJOL4JNRLHXVTGUH3NYHM The Overlord

      Assuming accident nga ang nangyari and they were not negligible when they steered the ship, I guess not.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    OIL SPILL NA SA KARAGATAN ANO GAGAWIN NILA DUN MAMATAY AT MALALASON ANG MGA ISDA YUNG BARKO NILA DAPAT ALISIN YUN DUN AT HAYAAN ANG GOBYERNO NILA ANG MAG BAYAD SA PAG KUWA NUN!



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