April 19, 2023
Government dealing with ambulance chasers preying on seafarers
MALACAÑANG said on Monday the government is now addressing the alleged prevalence of “ambulance chasers” who are preying on Filipino seafarers. “The administration assures the public at large that the entire government system will be working to address and stop these horrific practices that erode the credibility and competence of the seafaring industry in the country,” the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) said in a brief statement. The pronouncement was in response to the open letter issued by the United Filipino Seafarers (UFS) asking the government to stop unscrupulous lawyers who sweet-talk sick seafarers to file compensation claims. The lawyers, who are supposedly in cahoots with some arbiters from the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) and the National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC), are able to secure “inflated disability claims” for their clients.