Maritime student's kin file P5-M civil damages vs shipping lines, boat captain

The family of marine apprentice student who died while on-the-job training at an inter-island vessel has filed a civil case against the shipping company and the boat captain.
          The family of Chino Layson filed the civil case against the owner of Jomalia Shipping Lines based in Cebu City and Thomas Hilario, the boat captain of LCT Mark Jason III before the regional trial court in Surallah, South Cotabato on Thursday.
          Lawyers Ichelle Malabuyoc and Mark Galvan who represented the victim's parents Florentino and Nancy Layson filed the case against the respondents for their negligence over the death of Chino, a 21-year old marine transportation student from the Holy Cross College in Davao City.
          Layson was found dead several days after Hilario ordered him to jump into the sea while the vessel was marooned at a port in Surigao City on December 1, 2014.
          The complainants had earlier sent demand letter to the Jomalia Shipping Lines management which in turn denied any responsibility into the maritime student's death.
          The victim's family is asking the shipping company for some P5 million for exemplary damages.
           The victim's family from T'boli, South Cotabato sought the help of T'boli Mayor Dibu Tuan and South Cotabato 2nd district Rep. Ferdinand Hernandez in the filing of criminal and civil charges against the shipping firm and boat captain.
          The National Bureau of National Investigation-Central Mindanao regional field office had already stepped into the case and set to file the criminal charges against the respondents.


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