MANILA -- The owner of Sulpicio Lines Inc. pleaded not guilty Tuesday to reckless imprudence resulting in multiple homicide and damage to property case filed against him and the company in connection with the sinking of M/V Princess of the Stars in 2008.

Go entered the not guilty plea in the arraignment of the case Tuesday before the sala of Manila Regional Trial Branch 21 Acting Judge Amor Reyes.

The court set the pre-trial of the case on September 27, radio dzBB reported.

Public Attorneys Office (PAO) chief Persida Rueda-Acosta, who represented the victims, said they will not stop from running after Sulpicio Lines, which is now hiding in a different name, Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corporation.

The families of the victims filed a million damage suit against Sulpicio Lines following the sinking of one of its vessels, M/V Princess of the Stars, in June 21, 2008.

The vessel capsized off Sibuyan Island in Romblon province at the height of Typhoon Frank (international codename: Fengshen), leaving over 800 passengers and crew members either dead or missing. The incident is considered one of the worst disasters in world history. (Sunnex)