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Flowers for the missing fishermen. Pic: Edwin Espejo.

Philippines’ forgotten fishermen: A year after the perfect storm

By Wed, Dec 04, 2013 2:11PM UTC Comments Off Flowers for the missing fishermen. Pic: Edwin Espejo.

One year ago, some 377 fishermen from General Santos City were caught in the middle of a perfect storm. Nobody knew of their fate until well into the late afternoon of the following day, December 5, when a worried Dominic Salazar said only three crew members of a light boat owned by their company, Thidcor...

A Philippines fishing tragedy: Human error or the perfect storm?

By Wed, Jan 23, 2013 12:15PM UTC Comments Off A Philippines fishing tragedy: Human error or the perfect storm?

The vessels carrying the hundreds of lost tuna fishermen did not have the required equipment, but even that may not have been enough to save them in the  face of the perfect storm, writes Edwin Espejo On Saturday Darlene Antonino Custodio, Mayor of General Santos City in the southern Philippines, led officials and the families...

Philippines govt gives up search for missing fishermen

By Wed, Jan 16, 2013 6:30PM UTC 1 Comment Jorge Segovia announced today that the government has called off the search for the missing fishermen. Pic: AP.

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (January 16) – Lt. Gen. Jorge Segovia, head of Task Force Maritime Search SarGen, on Wednesday said the search and rescue operation for the still missing 352 fisherman has been called off, more than a month after super typhoon Pablo unleashed its wrath in eastern Mindanao. “Our operations is shifting to support...

Death toll from Philippine typhoon passes 270

By Wed, Dec 05, 2012 7:32PM UTC Comments Off A soldier of the 71st Infantry Battalion, 1001st Infantry Brigade of the Philippine Army assists a local resident to carry a sack along a flooded area in Compostela Valley, southern Philippines. Pic: AP.

NEW BATAAN, Philippines (AP) — Mud-stained bodies covered with banana leaves were laid out in a row and survivors dried their soiled belongings on the roadside under a bright sun Wednesday, a day after a typhoon killed more than 270 people in the southern Philippines. Officials feared many more bodies could be found as rescuers...