Acosta welcomes SC ruling reviving suit vs Sulpicio exec
Public Attorney’s Office Chief Persida Acosta welcomed a Supreme Court ruling reinstating the reckless imprudence case against an official of Sulpicio Lines, Inc. (SLI) in connection with the 2008 M/V Princess of the Stars tragedy, which resulted in the death of 227 passengers.
“Relatives of the victims and survivors of the MV Princess of the Stars are happy to know that the criminal case filed by them through the free assistance of PAO, would eventually be successfully prosecuted after waiting for almost ten (10) years pending on petition for review filed by accused Edgar Go,” said Acosta.
“At last, the SC has spoken for the victims seeking justice,” she added.
In a 20-page decision, the SC reversed and set aside two rulings of the Court of Appeals that ruled in favor of respondent Edgar S. Go, SLI First Vice-President for Administration.
“In this case, the criminal action instituted against respondent involved exclusively the criminal and civil liability of the latter arising from his criminal negligence as responsible officer of SLI. It must be emphasized that there is a separate civil action instituted against SLI based on culpa contractual incurred by it due to its failure to carry safely the passengers of Stars to their place of destination. The civil action against a shipowner for breach of contract of carriage does not preclude criminal prosecution against its employees whose negligence resulted in the death of or injuries to passengers,” the Court held.