CA asked to reverse ruling absolving Go in sunken M/V Princess of the Stars case

The relatives of the victims of the sunken M/V Princess of the Stars Thursday asked the Court of Appeals to reverse its ruling absolving Edgar Go as an accused in the case.

In a motion for reconsideration filed before the CA, they argued there is sufficient probable cause to prosecute Go in the cases of reckless imprudence resulting in homicide, serious physical injuries and damage to properties in connection with the sinking in 2006 of the ill-fated ship wherein 300 passengers were killed and more than 100 others were missing.

The petition said it is clear that Go himself admitted he was also directly in-charge of the vessel operations as vice president for administration services of Sulpicio Lines, Inc.

M/V Princess of the Stars is owned and operated by Sulpicio Lines.

The petitioners also argued that Go had the authority to issue directives to the captain of M/V Princess of the Stars to pass through an "alternate route" because of the onslaught of the typhoon.

Nevertheless, they claimed that instead of ordering to change the route of the ship because of typhoon "Frank", Go merely advised the captain of the ship to take care or take precautionary measures.

They further argued Go knew that the passage of M/V Princess of the Stars in the regular route may endanger the lives of the passengers.