THE Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) yesterday divulged that Nolito Abapo, owner of mb Mansan that capsized at Bagakay Point, Liloan, Cebu last Oct. 17, has been operating the vessel since 2011 without a certificate of public conveyance (CPC).
Marina 7 Director Nanette Villamor-Dinopol said that despite three “show-cause orders” and two “cease-and-desist orders” against Nolito, he continued to operate mb Mansan until the vessel was wrecked by strong waves that endangered the lives of 21 passengers and six crew members.
Norberto Aparice and Allan Abapo told Sun.Star Cebu that Nolito was on board when the incident happened.
Nolito and his six crew members were released from detention yesterday after the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) did not file charges against them.
CG Cebu-Station Chief Commander Weniel Azcuna had told the media they would file criminal charges against them, but he did not answer calls and text messages yesterday.
Aparice told Sun.Star Cebu the other day that Nolito had secured assurance from the CG that no charges will be filed against them.
Commodore Enrico Evangelista, chief of the PCG 7, explained that the motorbanca’s passengers, who are related to Nolito, and the crew members refused to file charges.
“We will coordinate with Marina to determine the violations committed by Nolito and the crew,” Evangelista said.
Dinopol, who issued the orders, said that although mb Mansan was registered with Marina in 2011, Nolito of Calituban, Talibon, Bohol failed to comply with requirements.
Lack of documents
According to their records, the CG Station-Cebu issued a maritime violation receipt against Nolito for operating mb Mansan without a CPC in August that year.
Marina 7 then issued a “show-cause order” against Nolito on Sept. 23, 2011 to explain why no punitive action and/or administrative fines would be imposed against him for the illegal operation of the vessel.
Mb Mansan also has no passenger ship safety certificate, CG license and manning certificate.
Nolito failed to appear during the hearing of the case on Oct. 26, 2011, although he filed a written answer saying he complied with the documents to operate, and vowed to pay the penalties.