Fishing banned as Philippine oil spill spreads

THOUSANDS of fishermen in the Philippines have been ordered to stay ashore as authorities struggled today to contain an oil spill from a sunken tanker that is threatening the region’s rich marine life and economy.

The slick off Mindoro island, south of the capital Manila, stretched for 120km and was about 9km offshore, said Ram Temena, disaster operations chief in the affected province of Mindoro Oriental.