The island hopping boat was carrying 31 passengers consisting of tourists, tour guide and crew members.
According to Chief Petty Officer Ronnie Hiponia, OIC Station Commander of the PCG-Caticlan, a statement on what really transpired has not been taken from the Tour Guide of the Taiwanese nationals.
However, Hiponia promised that once the investigation is over and whatever the result is, the appropriate penalty to be given to the operator of the boat shall be given by the Regional Office of the Coast Guard.
For the meantime, allegedly there seemed to be no complaints received by the PCG from the victims that they were taken for granted by the boat operator. Hiponia added that the expenses of the victims were shouldered by the boat operator.
Meanwhile, since there were 3 incidents in just 24 hours on the same day -- the sinking of a boat at Tabon Port, the drowning of students resulting to 3 deaths at the beachfront, and the capsizing of the boat carrying the Taiwanese nationals were 3 died -- an Emergency Meeting was said to have been called by the Chief Executive of Malay.
The meeting was said to be for the proper action to be made regarding the incident, and to plan things to prevent a re-occurrence.