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Severe Consequences of Philippine Ferry Tragedy

ESPANA, Philippines (AFP) — Local Filipino fisherman Robert Naiya looks out across the still waters towards the bow of the ill-fated Princess of the Stars and asks: "What about us?"

"We should be out fishing today," he said, but a government ban has meant that Naiya and his friends just sit on their colourful boats that dot the beach, talking and wondering what the future holds.

The near 24,000-tonne passenger ferry capsized during Typhoon Fengshen on June 21 with more than 850 people on board in this picturesque bay on the south coast of Sibuyan island in the central Philippines.

There were fewer than 60 survivors.

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