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President Corazon Aquino said that the Philippine government will compensate relatives of about 1,600 people killed when a passenger ferry crowded with Christmas travelers collided with an oil tanker. Investigators of the century’s worst peacetime disaster at sea said they may never be able to determine who was responsible for the collision of the 2,215-ton ferry Dona Paz and the 629-ton tanker Vector. The vessels crashed and exploded in the shark-filled Tablas Straits off Mindoro Island, leaving the waters ablaze as they sank on the night of Dec. 20. Only 26 people survived, including two crewmen from the Vector.


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