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Sinking Ships And Stolen Lives: Another Sulpicio Liines Tragedy

June 23, 2008

Rack up another one for the notorious Sulpicio Lines.

Filipinos are waking up this morning to yet another gut-wenching tragedy: the sinking of another inter-island ferry owned by MV Dona Paz owner Sulpicio Lines. The boat, MV Princess of the Stars capsized after developing engine trouble in the stormy waters off the marble-rich island of Romblon. The toll thus far: 700 feared dead.

We all remember the sinking of Sulpicio Lines’ MV Dona Paz after colliding with a tanker in December 1987 is considered the world’s worst ferry disaster and the worst peace-time maritime disaster in history with the official death count at 1,565.

Survivors claim the overloaded ferry carried up to 4,000. In October 24, 1988, the sinking of still another of Sulpicio Lines ferry, the MV Doña Marilyn reportedly killed over 600 people.

TV newscasts are blaring out the angry voice of President Gloria Macapagal arroyo berating the head of the coast guard for allowing the boat to leave port despite inclement weather. Mrs. Arroyo was calling from Fresno, California, the first stop of her “working” official visit to the United States.

An inauspicious start for the trip.

The now customary apology, incredible as it is, has come from Sulpicio Lines with the hollow promise to help the victims. No comfort.

To this day, some 20 years ago, the damage claims of many of the earlier victims in the MV Dona Paz and MV dONA Marilyn tragedies are locked in court.

One wonders how and why a shipping company with this record continues to operate given its dubious tradition of sinking ships, and stealing the lives of it hapless passengers.

They are left only to light candles and wail. In other countries people would have long expressed outrage by putting such firms to the torch.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. James permalink
    June 24, 2008 12:11 pm

    The Government should stop the operations of Sulpicio lines…notorious company that had caused the death of thousands Filipinos ( the sea tradegies that their vessels were involved ). What happened to those victims of Dona Paz, Dona Marilyn and now the Princess of Stars. The Authorities should check all Sulpicio Lines Vessels if its sea worthy and within the standards set by our Government Agencies. Lets pray for all those who were victims that may they rest in peace…and may many more survivors…The money Sulpicio will give to the victims is not worth for the lives of their love ones.

  2. dana permalink
    June 24, 2008 3:37 pm

    To add to the Dona Paz in 1987, Dona Marilyn in 1988, Princess of the Orient in 1998, and Princess of the Stars in 2008, another Sulpicio-owned ship that sunk was the M/V Don Juan in 1980. 400 died in that tragedy.

  3. mark permalink
    June 24, 2008 10:02 pm

    omg all tragedies happened in a year with an 8!!! 1980, 87, 88, 98 and 08… whoaaa..

  4. reena permalink
    June 25, 2008 9:55 pm

    here’s an angle that someone has to look into. the princess of the stars is not an ordinary maritime accident. could it be mass murder?

    furthermore, could it be a thing called, “DAGA?”

    the recent sulpicio sea tragedy is the 3rd accident that happened during a typhoon. (Dona Paz caught fire.) Could it be that TYPHOON FRANK was used as cover to deliberately sink the ship and SACRIFICE INNOCENT LIVES for some evil god???

    Just think, how could SULPICIO stay afloat after four of its ships sank in the past 20 years? Is there a DARK POWER behind this? Is this why countless LIVES are SACRIFICED to keep the company in business? Do you believe in “DAGA”?

  5. thinking permalink
    July 2, 2008 1:33 am

    Honestly, I just read the news in the newspaper Libre of LRTA. It written there that the first tragedy of sulpicio lines was the mv dona paz happened 1987 and next was in 1988 mv doña marilyn and then Princess of the Orient in 1998, and Princess of the Stars in 2008, another Sulpicio-owned ship that sunk was the M/V Don Juan in 1980. 400 it all started during 1980s all has 8 speciall it happen every 10th of the year. maybe some the sulpicio line has a curse given by some people who lost their family life after the accident or maybe some as the other that theres something behind the name sulpicio thats why its still continue in running the business after all the tragedy that happened. I think the President should stop sulpicio lines company because it has lots of tragedy and lots of lost lives. Its not really a good company to run the business like that. Will she allowed another MV Princess? there are lots of superferry but theres nothing like sulpicio lines who take lives of innocent people and blaming other people their fault. PAGASA should not be blame for that. Even they have their very best man to run the ship they should think first about the weather and they knew typhoon frank is in our country and already advice that there will be a typhoon coming. They should not sacrifice people lives just to earn money..its not worth earning money if its like that. Now they need more money for the hundreds of people who are dead and for the family who lost their love ones. Now where is the money they earned? Its just a waste. Think first before u act sulpicio lines. U only live once but never take other lives just to live your life or earn more.

  6. thinking permalink
    July 2, 2008 1:39 am

    Honestly, I just read the news in the newspaper Libre of LRTA. It written there that the first tragedy of sulpicio lines was the mv dona paz happened 1987 and next was in 1988 mv doña marilyn and then Princess of the Orient in 1998, and Princess of the Stars in 2008, another Sulpicio-owned ship that sunk was the M/V Don Juan in 1980. 400 it all started during 1980s all has 8 speciall it happen every 10th of the year. maybe the sulpicio line has a curse given by some people who lost their family’s life after the accident as the other say that theres something behind the name sulpicio thats why its still continue running the business after all the tragedy that happened. I think the President should stop sulpicio lines company because it has lots of tragedy and lots of lives lost. Its not really a good company to run business like that. Will she allowed another MV Princess? there are lots of superferry but theres nothing like sulpicio lines who take lives of innocent people and blaming other people their fault. PAGASA should not be blame for that.

    Even they have their very best man to run the ship they should think first about the weather and they knew typhoon frank is in our country and already advice that there will be a typhoon coming. They should not sacrifice people lives just to earn money..its not worth earning money if its like that. Now they need more money for the hundreds of people who are dead and for the family who lost their love ones. Now where is the money they earned? Its just a waste. Think first before u act sulpicio lines. U only live once but never take other lives just to live your life or earn more.

  7. July 8, 2008 8:20 pm

    CLOSE SULPICIO NOW! JUSTICE 4 THE VICTIMS OF M/V PRINCESS AND ALL THE VICTIMS OF THE PAST TRAGEDIES! IM CALLING CBCP TO JOIN THE BLACK ARMBAND PROTEST AND MOURNING OF ALL VICTIMS! JUSTICE,NOT MONEY!

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