• Group wants firm to pay damages for Cebu shoal destruction

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    A consumer group on Tuesday urged the Philippine Coast Guard and other concerned agencies to prosecute a member of Cement Manufacturing Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) who imported the 28,000 metric tons of cement clinker via a Panamanian-registered cargo vessel that ran aground in Monad Shoal in Cebu that destroying at least three hectares of coral reefs. “We are disturbed why suddenly cement makers in the Philippines who were very noisy about alleged smuggling of cement in the Philippines have been silent about the destruction of coral reefs in a popular dive spot in Daanbantayan town in Cebu province,” said Bigwas secretary general Nancy de la Peña. She accused CeMAP president Ernesto Ordoñez of trying to hide the issue regarding the grounding of MV Belle Rose in Cebu. She also insinuated that local businessmen were smuggling cement and cement clinkers in the country. De la Peña urged the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to ask CeMAP officials to pay damages for the destruction of reefs, and the Bureau of Customs to investigate the smuggling of cement clinker in the country.

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