MANILA, Philippines — Philippine fishermen who were victims of a collision with a Marshall Islands-registered ship in 2022 have received nearly P40 million in settlement, a Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) official said Monday.
Four civil servants MV Happy Hiro were charged with reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicides, multiple injuries and property damage after the ship collided with a Philippine fishing vessel FB JOT-18 for Maracanao Island in Agutaya City, Palawan in June 2022.
“With this strong case that we have built, the owner has decided to propose an out-of-court settlement… I think it is close to P40 million,” Rear Adm. Joseph Coyme, commander of PCG’s Maritime Safety Services Command, said during a press conference here in Rivera. Wharf in the Freeport Zone of Subic Bay in Olongapo City.
Coyme presented FB Dearyn, the fishing boat involved in a collision on October 2 between Pacific Anna, a crude oil tanker registered under the Marshall Islands, which resulted in the deaths of three fishermen
“By the way, it is also a Marshall Island registered vessel that collided with a fishing boat,” Coyme said of the MV Happy Hiro.
“The good thing is that we had physical custody of the MV Happy Hiro as it calls at Iloilo Port,” he continued.
“We were exercising our control as one of the country’s port state controls, where we saw really solid evidence that the ship had actually experienced a major collision with an object somehow.”