PAO ready to provide legal aid to victims of SuperFerry 9 tragedy

September 9, 2009 10:30 am 

MANILA, Sept. 9 — The Public Attorney's Office (PAO) is ready to provide legal assistance to the families of the victims of the SuperFerry 9 tragedy off the coast of Zamboanga Peninsula last Sunday.

The PAO is an attached agency of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

PAO Chief Atty. Persida Rueda-Acosta said her office is willing and ready to help the victims and their families needing legal aid if and when Aboitiz Transport System, the owner of SuperFerry 9, would not extend the assistance due the victims and their families.

Likewise, Acosta urged the owner of the ill-fated vessel not to add to the miseries of the victims, but rather give them the assistance they needed so that a case would not be filed in court.

Acosta stressed that if the said shipping lines would not be responsible enough, they may be charged with criminal, civil and administrative cases.

Acosta pointed out that the Board of Marine Inquiry should immediately conduct the investigation regarding the incident.

It was gathered that some relatives of the victims showed up at the PAO central office to ask for their assistance.

Nine persons were killed and more than 900 others were rescued from the sinking sea vessel in the morning of Sept. 6 off the waters of Siocon Bay in Zamboanga Peninsula. (PNA)

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