WATCHING THE WORLD: Whitewash in the Philippines?

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo last week received a proposal from her country’s coast guard concerning dedicated sea-lanes for vessels carrying oil and other chemicals.The aim of the proposal is to prevent environmental disasters from happening in ecologically sensitive areas, a hazard underscored by the sinking of the M/T Solar I, which went down off Guimaras Island Aug. 11, spilling much of its 2 million l. of bunker oil.The president was expected to issue an executive order on the proposed sea-lanes and other measures such as stiffer penalties and the use of double-hulled oil tankers to toughen the country’s maritime laws. All of that was in addition to the ju...

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