DEL MONTE REVEALS 10,000 TOXIC PESTICIDE LOADED to MV PRINCESS--PHILIPPINE SEA
PHILIPPINES -- Headline news today revealed the report of Del Monte Co. informing precautions and warnings to the Philippine Govt that the Vessel - MV PRINCESS of the STARS was carrying 10,000 kilos (10tons) toxoc pesticide for pineapple in Mindanao plantation was loaded to a 40FCL .
Vice Pres. Noli De Castro has ordered suspension and a big possibility of its liscense revocation due to malpractice by carrying a toxic pesticide to a passenger vessel. The MARINA was blamed of being so lenient to the SULPICIO LINES. The Govt has recommended cancellation if proven guilty.
The RETRIEVAL OPERATION was ABORTED today and an immediate medical attention was given to all divers who dived into the wreck.
According to Health Sec Francisco Duque,"Endosulfan is a restricted pesticide for use in pineapple plantations. At toxic levels and following ingestion it can cause death or affect the central nervous system, manifesting as headaches, dizziness, nausea, tremors, convulsions which may also include cardiovascular symptoms," Duque explained. Experts said no antidote is available for the poison. "Treatment is supportive," Duque said, meaning that victims must undergo induced-vomiting to expel the chemical from their bodies." This pesticide is banned in the EUROPE, the Philippines and Cambodia.
So far, no signs of toxic found in all the divers who had medical check ups and fish kill as of the moment but there will be a big possibility of lickage to the sea. Once it happens, more sanctions and lawsuits for none declaration of hazardous pesticide putting the lives of divers in jeopardy.