Fish caught in waters off Masbate safe to eat, Cabinetmen will tell you
Manila (17 July) -- Take it from members of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's Cabinet: Fish caught in the waters off Masbate are safe to eat.
To show that the fish scare that had swept Masbate and nearby provinces following the MV Princess of the Stars sinking is overblown, the President's men had sumptuous buffet of sea foods the other day (Tuesday).
The menu included crabs, shrimps and fish caught in the waters around this island province.
Heading the group was Vice President Noli de Castro and Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita.
Also present were Trade Secretary Peter Favila, Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. Press Secretary Jesus Dureza, Health Secretary Francisco Duque and Albay Gov. Joey Salceda.
Duque said that fish and other delicacies of the deep, including fish caught near the ill-fated MV Princess of the Stars, are safe to eat.
The fish scare has impacted the livelihood of fisherfolk, who derive 50 percent of their income from fishing.
The Cabinet members arrived here Tuesday for the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) meeting in Placer, a 4th class municipality of Masbate. (PIA-MMIO) [top]