Philippine refiner claims responsibility for diesel spill
MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines' largest oil refiner Petron Corp has claimed responsibility for a huge diesel spill that shut down parts of Manila Bay's vital fishing industry, threatening the livelihoods of tens of thousands.
Authorities said an estimated 500,000 litres of oil cast a slick across 20-km of the coastline on Thursday close to a Petron fuel depot in Rosario town, south of the capital Manila.
"At this stage, we take responsibility for this unfortunate incident", Petron President Lubin Nepomuceno said in a statement posted on the company's Facebook page late Monday.
"We will pursue proper remediation and cleanup of the areas affected, aiming to restore the means of livelihood of the local communities. In the meantime, we will continue to give the assistance needed by residents affected by the spill."