Two Philippine Coast Guard officials in the Eastern Visayas District were relieved of their duties a few days after a motor banca with more than 200 people onboard capsized off Ormoc City, Leyte province on Thursday.
According to Coast Guard spokesman Commander Armand Balilo, Philippine Coast Guard Eastern Visayas District Commander Capt. Pedro Tinampay and the commander of the Coast Guard station Lt. Adonis Añasco were relieved of their duties as stated in PCG Special Order No. 118 dated July 7, 2015.
Añasco was replaced by Commander Giovanni Bergantin from Bicol while Capt. Tinampay, after only two years at his post, will be replaced by Capt. William Isaga.
Tinampay, who is set to retire on January 2016, will be assigned at the Receiving Station of the Manila headquarters.
The move came after questions were raised on whether overloading was the reason behind the accident involving M/B Kim Nirvana that capsized when it was only 200 meters from the Ormoc pier.
The death toll from the sea accident has risen to 62 on Tuesday.
This came after a body of a boy was found floating near the public market about 12:30 pm on Tuesday.
The body is in a state of decomposition and described as 2 to 4 years old, was brought to the V. Rama Funeral Homes by the Ormoc Rescue group.
The identity of the boy is not established yet as no one has visited the body at the funeral parlor as of press time. But there was one boy still reported missing, Kristoffer Olaf Lavadia, a 1 year and 5 months old boy whose body was yet to be recovered.
Yesterday, a body of a man about 60 yr old was found floating in the same area. He remains unidentified as of press time.
The motor banca carried at least 204 passengers and crew, out of the number, 145 survived while 62 were confirmed dead.