The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) has called on authorities to work hand-in-hand in bringing the sunken ship up in Cebu City and prevent further destruction in marine life.
Pamalakaya information director Gerry Corpus dubbed the MV Saint Thomas Aquinas that sank last August 16, killing more than 100 passengers after it was hit by Sulpicio Express Siete ng Sulpicio Lines, as a “ticking time bomb” because the catch of fishermen in Talisay City, Cebu was affected.
Corpus said the damage is extensive and will be bigger as time passes by, adding that this will surely affect the marine life and or even the lives of ordinary fishermen since the fish in the area are now scarce.
“Nababahala kami kasi iyung impact sa fish resources natin matindi. It affected fish catch in areas of Cordova and Talisay in Cebu and nearby provinces of Bohol,” Corpus said.
Corpus called on the Aquino government, along with the companies of 2GO and Sulpicio Lines, to work doubly hard on the incident. Corpus added that the damage may be bigger than expected should nobody will check the environmental effects it may bring.
“Time ticking bomb ang barko na kapag hindi naalis ay posibleng maapektuhan ang other parts of Cebu-Bohol Strait and would predictably reduce fish catch in areas of Cordova and Talisay in Cebu and nearby provinces of Bohol,” he added.