Manila: Families of the victims that perished in August’s tragic Philippine maritime collision have reacted angrily to news that the captain of the Sulpicio Express Siete involved in the Cebu accident has not been suspended, although he has not been allowed back to sea.
The Philippine Span Asia Corporation has yet to suspend Captain Rolito Gilo despite the results of the investigation of the Board of Marine Inquiry (BMI).
Gilo's Certificate of Competency (COC) was expired at the time of the incident. The COC expired back in 2006.
According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the BMI’s investigation pointed to Sulpicio as the guilty party in the collision between the company's Express Siete and passenger vessel MV St Thomas Aquinas in Talisay, saying the cargo ship was on the wrong lane when it collided with the passenger vessel leading to the deaths of more than 120 people. [15/10/13]