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The amount of pollution that Vedan (Vietnam) Enterprise Corp. Ltd. contributed to the Thi Vai River in the southern province of Dong Nai accounted for just 65 percent of the total damage to the area, a company representative said March 16.
|A section of the polluted Thi Vai River in Dong Nai Province. MSG maker Vedan Vietnam has continually denied responsibility for causing all of the pollution. (Photo: SGGP)|
Vedan’s researchers had analyzed data and come up with the figure, the representative said.
Meanwhile, the Institute of Environment and Resources under Vietnam National University-HCMC reported that the Taiwanese-invested company more likely caused around 90 percent of the pollution, which stretched 10 kilometers along the Thi Vai River Valley.
The institute also said that several other areas have been negatively impacted by the water pollution including HCMC, Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces.
After having its percentage-of-damage figure refuted by the institute, Vedan proposed to take the mean of the institute’s projected figure and its own, to come up with a new figure of 77 percent.
This number would then be used to determine the amount of compensation owed by Vedan to residents affected by the pollution.
However, the institute has refused to accept the proposal.
Nguyen Van Phuoc, head of the institute, said that the figure announced by Vedan was unsubstantiated.
The institute has now transferred the issue to the Vietnam Environment Administration to make a final decision.
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Gunmen seized 65 schoolchildren, teachers and other residents of a village in the volatile southern Philippines on Thursday, then released 18 of them, authorities said.
Major Michelle Anayron, an army spokesman, told AFP a “criminal gang” abducted the group from San Martin village inon Mindanao island.
Anayron said the suspects were members of the Perez Group, which he described as an “organised crime group” that is known to local police.
The area is a well-known hotbed of communist New People’s Army guerrillas, but Anayron said the Perez Group was not believed to have communist links.
|File photo shows Philippine soldiers on patrol on Mindanao island, in the southern Philippines.|
He gave no other details about the group.
Provincial police directorLino Calingasan said 18 of the captives were freed unharmed, 17 of whom were schoolchildren and the other a teacher, after eight hours in captivity.
“Negotiations are still continuing for the safe release of the other hostages,” Calingasan told reporters.
Mindanao is an extremely volatile part of the Southeast Asian archipelago, and makes up the southern third of the country.
Aside from communist fighters, Muslim rebels fighting for an independent homeland have waged an insurgency since the 1970s that has claimed more than 150,000 lives, according to the military.
Many other gangs with no affiliations to communists or Muslim rebels frequently engage in kidnappings for ransom and other crimes.
Martial law was imposed in another province on Mindanao last week after a political massacre there left 57 people dead.
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