By Kit Bagaipo
The family of a missing a Boholano seaman who was aboard an international car ship who was reported missing since June 5 is seeking the assistance of the Philippine government in probing his sudden disappearance.
The seaman, identified as one Rex Peligro, 35, a resident of Poblacion, Panglao, was aboard M/V Cougar Ace since February 9 until he was reported missing more than a week ago.
According to Peligro's wife, Salve Maria, Capt. Marino Bonje the fleet manager of Mitsui Shipping, the owner of M/V Cougar Ace, visited her last June 7 in their residence in Panglao to inform that her husband was missing.
She told the Chronicle that her husband was on board the ship from Barcelona, Spain going to Antwerp, Belgium when the ship's crew found out he was no longer in the vessel.
Peligro was supposed to go on ship duty at 12 noon on June 5. However, his shipmates could not find him at his station prompting them to call for a search.
The seaman reportedly called his wife the night before he was known missing.
According to Salve Maria, there was nothing unusual in their conversation and her husband never mentioned of any disagreements with any of the ship's crew.
She said, since her husband worked as an international ship crew in 1997, he never mentioned any problems in his work. He even called her up regularly.
In a check made by the Chronicle, Capt. Bonje said the Protection and Indemnity Association, a consortium covering shipowners of contracts liabilities and indemnities, is already investigating the disappearance of Peligro. He said port authorities in Antwerp are also helping in the probe. (The Bohol Chronicle, June 17, 2007)