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Hundreds missing, 24 dead after Philippines ferry collides with cargo ship off Cebu

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 August, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 August, 2013, 8:41am

At least 24 people are dead and 274 are missing after a passenger ferry carrying nearly 700 people sank in the central Philippine port of Cebu after colliding with a cargo vessel, the coastguard's deputy chief told AFP on Saturday.

The Thomas Aquinas ferry was carrying around 700 people, reports said. It quickly sank on Friday night following the collision off port of Cebu, the country's second biggest city, said Rear Admiral Luis Tuason, vice commandant of the Philippine coastguard.

The captain of the ferry MV Thomas Aquinas ordered the ship abandoned after it began listing and then sank after hitting the cargo vessel, coastguard officer Joy Villegas said.

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She said hours after the collision on Friday night, at least five people were confirmed dead and more than 250 rescued. Authorities were still checking others who had been taken to hospitals.

Two coastguard vessels and other nearby ships were involved in the rescue operation not far from the port of Cebu, Villegas said.

Passenger Jerwin Agudong told radio station DZBB that some people were trapped and he saw bodies floating in the water. "It seems some were not able to get out. I pity the children. We saw dead bodies on the side, and some being rescued."

It seems some were not able to get out. I pity the children. We saw dead bodies on the side, and some being rescued

He said the ferry was entering Cebu port when it and the cargo vessel, which was on the way out, collided. He said he and other passengers jumped from the ferry in front of the cargo vessel.

"One of the persons who jumped with us hit his head on metal. He is shaking and he is bloodied," Agudong said.

He said the crew of the ferry distributed life jackets while the ship was slowly sinking.

He said the ferry came from Nasipit in Agusan del Sur province in the southern Philippines. Accidents at sea are common in the Philippines. In 1987, the ferry Dona Paz sank after colliding with a tanker, killing more than 4,300 people in the world's worst peacetime maritime disaster.


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The capsizes of passenger boats with hundreds drown in Philippines water is a frequent occurrence. It looks like the Philippines have very weak government to apply law to avoid such human tragedies. Or I will ask equally where are the strength of Philippine people that seems can’t do anything when being overlooked by their government? Is Philippines still a colony living in a exploitative culture except it is the Philippines exploiting Philippines? I am immensely saddened by this country that with many well educated citizens but must go abroad to make a living, but why?
My condolence to the families for their lost one.
I totally agree with JohnYuan. Sad, isn't it? PH has so much potentials, but due to corruption from Vice President to the lowest community unit called Barangays. The pool are totally powerless, and if you state something negative about PH, the filipinos overseas would jump over the queue and defend something not defendable. Filipinos should look themselves in the mirror why the country's coffers are really on the verge of bankruptcy or currently bankrupt. No wonder filipinos are exporting human beings, which I perceive as a modern day slavery to countries id est: China (HongKong, ShangHai, GuanZhou, XiaMen, QuanZhou, WenZhou, NingBo etc), Singapore, Taiwan (Chinese TaiPei), Bangkok, Middle East and all. Almost everyone is seeking US citizenship by going to the states "undocumented". If filipinos can only wake-up and able to change their life, I am sure they don't need this kind of brain-drain exodus.
Secondly, I hope filipinos should realize that they should refrain from participating from inciting more hatred or anti-China rhetorics regarding the territorial dispute. The more they utter anti-China rhetorics, the more BeiJing would be p!ssed. BeiJing is a fighting mother that wouldn't give an inch, but happily still on the "patience" mode with PH. If PH keeps on doing things that will jeopardize relationships with China, PH economy would soon be over before they can even say "sorry".
Bottom line "Smart-Up" and "Delay No More". PH is extremely way far behind fr all.
So pity


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