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Result of probe on construction of MT Princess Empress may be out this month —MARINA

The result of the investigation into the construction of the MT Princess Empress could be released this month, Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) administrator Hernani Fabia said on Tuesday.

At a Palace press briefing, Fabia was asked for updates on the fact-finding team's probe into the construction of the ill-fated vessel.

"We have created the fact-finding team to do that, until now they have not reported... They have also to visit the shipyards that supposedly constructed them. So we have to validate, validate," said Fabia.

"Maybe middle of this month or late this month. We will have the result of the fact-finding team," he added.

On February 28, the MT Princess Empress sank off Naujan while carrying 900,000 liters of industrial fuel. Aside from Oriental Mindoro, the oil spill has also reached nearby provinces like Antique, Palawan, and Batangas.

According to Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla, the MT Princess Empress was so old that it had already been scrapped, contrary to claims that it was a new vessel.

Meanwhile, MARINA already filed formal administrative complaints against the owner of the vessel. —VAL, GMA Integrated News