The captain and 1st engineer of a vessel involved in oil-spill cleanup efforts in Greece have been arrested on fuel smuggling charges, Greek Merchant Ministry said.Namely, the Lassea vessel has been contracted to help clean the oil that spilled following the sinking of the oil tanker Agia Zoni II off the Port of Piraeus on September 10. The vessel had 2,200 tons of fuel oil and 370 tons of marine gas oil on board.The duo was arrested after significant quantities of fuel were found and seized from the vessel without proper documentation.The Piraeus Port Authority, which is in charge of the preliminary investigation, seized the vessel while the arrested are to be brought before the Prosecutor of Piraeus, the ministry said.The oil spill recovery efforts have been vehemently criticized as inadequate and delayed, with opposition parties asking for a resignation from the country’s Shipping Minister Panagiotis Kouroumplis.The minister refuted the allegations, saying that immediate mobilization of relevant assets was made to curb the spill.With regard to safety threats posed by the 1972-built Agia Zoni II, the minister said that the ship, according to the owner, passed all security checks before the incident.It is estimated that the oil recovery efforts might last for another month.World Maritime News Staff
“We really do not know the reason. Basta kami kun may order, ga-follow lang kami,” said Police Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong, regionalpolice information officer. It was issued some two weeks afterEspenido described Bacolod City as “shabulized”. The Duterte administration has beengoing after Rappler since last year. It filed 11 cases against the online newssite, its chief executive officer Maria Ressa and its reporters. Rapplerdescribed this as a “clear form of continuing intimidation and harassment…andan attempt to silence journalists.” The Palace spokesperson, however,admitted having no idea about the narco list. But presidential spokesperson SalvadorPanelo said, “Espenido in the narco list? Sinonaglagay doon? Galing pala sa Rappler. ‘Paggaling sa Rappler eh questionable.” Combined photo of Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido (left) and Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo. He was the police chief of Albuera,Leyte when the town’s then mayor Rolando Espinosa, a detained drug suspect, wasshot dead inside his jail cell in 2016 in a police operation to serve a searchwarrant. “I am saying that if it’s coming fromRappler, which is known for spreading fake news, medyo I will have to confirm whether it is true or not,” saidPanelo. “Hindiko alam kung kasali o hindi but (what) I amtelling you is we have to validate that,” Panelo said. “We will check kung totoo o hindi. Iva-validate natin ang veracity ng report.” Espenido became the face of theDuterte administration’s war against illegal drugs following two operationsthat led to the death of two prominent suspected drug personalities. Citing two police generals as sources,online news website Rappler reported yesterday that Espenido was in thePresident’s narco list. The relief order from the PhilippineNational Police (PNP) national headquarters was dated Feb. 5 yet but wasreceived by the PRO-6 only on Feb. 7. For its part, the Police RegionalOffice 6 (PRO-6) stressed having no knowledge of the reasons behind Espenido’ssudden relief from the BCPO. The order came from the PNP chiefhimself, Police Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa. He reassigned Espenido to hisoffice in Camp Crame on floating status./PN Espenido was pulled out from BacolodCity Friday last week, four months after he was assigned to the BCPO by Dutertehimself. Espenido, aside from being the deputydirector for operations of the BCPO, also headed the Bacolod City DrugEnforcement Unit. “When we received the relief order, weimmediately informed the BCPO director. The order did not state the reason,”said Malong. “Panayang huli ng pulis…Marami palang drugs,” said Espenido. As police chief in Ozamiz City in2017, Espenido led a series of drug operations that resulted to the death ofMayor Reynaldo Parojinog and 15 others also linked to illegal drugs. MANILA – Malacañang dismissed as “fakenews” the report that Police Lieutenant Colonel Jovie Espenido, former deputydirector for operations of the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO), was in thedrug watch list of President Rodrigo Duterte.