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No country for fishermen - The Online Citizen (blog)

No country for fishermen - The Online Citizen (blog)

A Filipino’s pursuit for compensation and justice for his brother’s death at sea raises questions on Singapore’s Maritime and Manpower laws. By Joshua Chiang/ The last time Eril Morales Andrade contacted his family was through SMS telling them that he was safely in Singapore – “To c Eril da, iya eon ako sa Singapore owas ka text ka ina naobosan ako it load “Donato ” (English translation: “I am in Singapore. I will not be replying to your text messages anymore, because I have used up all my credit on my SIM card.”). It was sent shortly before he boarded the Taiwanese fishing vessel where he would be working presumably for the next 3 years. Eril died 5 months later on 22 February 2011 on board the vessel when it was fishing in the Bay of Bengal. But it was only 6 weeks later on 16 April, when the ship docked in Singapore that his family was notified of his death. (His body w...

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