Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Desperate times call for Desperate Measures: Sulpicio

Desperate times call for desperate measures. In other words, drastic measures. That statement is very much applicable to common situations displayed by ordinary people. I witness it almost everyday, at any instance. I've resulted to it sometimes; and it might be seen as resourceful and bold, but often times the results are pathetic.

Take for example Sulpicio lines. They have all pressures coming from all sides. Families of the dead hound them minute by minute, squeezing every ounce of guilt in their bones, to at least produce the bodies of their loved ones for proper identification and burial. It doesn't stop there though, they would still need good compensation and the like. Another pressure comes from lawsuits from private corporations, one of which is the blatant disapproval of Del Monte for tagging its name in the controversial endosulfan cargo. Pressure also comes from the general public urging them to close up and be made accountable, priests even crossed out nature and God as one of the reasons for this calamity. It's not nature or God, it's stupidity. Lastly, Government and other maritime officials also pressure the accountable parties to cooperate more in investigations and shoulder the rising costs of the retrieval processes.

Apparently, the retrieval process is still being delayed due to some technical issues trying to be settled by Sulpicio with the ships' insurers. According to the Manila times Report, there must be an approved "valid notice of abandonment" before something drastic should be done to the ship. Sulpicio lines also stressed that once the captain says "Abandon ship" and the vessel toppled and sank, it is already considered under the hands of the insurers. Therefore what Sulpicio wants to assure now is for the insurers to properly acknowledge the notice and have them settle the issues with the ship from now on. I know it doesn't seem right, but that's how the industry works. It all boils down to the nasty demand for insurance. This is one form of a desperate measure that's simply pathetic.

Another desperate measure that was exhibited, was the Sulpicio's filing of lawsuit against PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration). This is drastic and quite funny. It's as if filing a lawsuit against a technical analyst interpreter in the stocks market. PAGASA may have the scientific equipment and data that can provide useful information and trend forecasts for the parties concerned, but the thing is...THEY ISSUE FORECASTS. PAGASA sees only extremely accurate data AT THE PRESENT, WHILE IT HAPPENS, and the FORECAST is based on their calculated assumptions from their current data. It's often accurate, but sometimes it's not. No one can accurately predict the temperament of the storm or weather. We cannot prevent the sudden turn of any natural occurrence. What scientists can do is to analyze current data and make calculations in a way to caution and provide scientific forecasts for the future. Aside from commercial Stocks Analysis, Weather forecasting is probably one of the closest scientific services to forecast something quite unpredictable to begin with. Funny, but desperate and pathetic. DUH!

Now, there's a report circulating that the ship's captain and assistant, survived the capsizing and are currently hiding under the wings of Sulpicio Lines. VP De Castro was tipped off and is already looking at reports. Sulpicio lines of course denied the issue and vowed to present the ship's officials to the authorities if found. Well what do you know? If there is one thing that I do not expect in the ship's capsizing,killing of more than 700 passengers and crew, is that the captain or officers would soon reappear attend the senate hearing. PUH-LEEESE! That would've been pretty awkward and nasty.

I hope they decide fast of the best ways to retrieve the bodies and deal with the chemicals found in the vessel. I would understand the delay if the time is used for strategic thinking of technical precautions required to manage the chemicals inside the ship, but delays caused by the insurance and the suing exhibitions done by Sulpicio are kind of desperate and ridiculous. Pressure could be pretty ugly if dragged for a couple of weeks. In the report, it also mentioned that the turning over of the ship could take months, actually Supreferry 14 resurfaced after 6 months. Oh gosh, umm...pathetic!

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