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    305 FISHERMEN ON BOARD 46 VESSELS MISSING   By Ferdinand Zuasola   Southern Philippines ---  The almost daily sight of stenching and decomposing human bodies floating along the coastlines of Davao Oriental is not only horrifying residents here who have yet to recover from the massive destruction left behind by super typhoon Pablo but also making them shun fish from their food tables, believing the fish is not fit for human consumption for they think it had feasted on the dead bodies of fishermen who remains missing after their boats capsized at the height of onslaught by super typhoon Pablo (international code name Bopha).   The Philippine Coast Guard here released the names of missing fishermen including the names of their fishing vessels. Families and relatives of the missing fishermen, most of them came from General Santos City, have protested the allegedly slow pace of the search and rescue operations being conducted by the Coast Guard and the Philippine Navy ships.   “It pains our heart deeply that nobody seems to pay attention to the missing fishermen as they are all focused on the search and rescue operations in the land. While it’s true that the super typhoon left behind an unimaginable damage to lives and properties in the land, there’s also an equally horrifying disaster happening in the sea. And we are calling the attention of President Benigno Aquino to help us locate our missing loved ones,” says one of the relatives of missing fishermen who arrived here from General Santos City. “News on the missing fishermen is very scarce. The big television networks focus their coverage on the search and rescue operations in the land. Please help us find our missing loved ones,” says another relative of missing fishermen who trooped to the Provincial Capitol in Mati City to ask for information of the ongoing search and rescue operations in the province.   Per official record, the province of Davao Oriental has the longest coastline in Mindanao, stretching at least 513 kilometers. This eastern seaboard province faces the Pacific Ocean and is bounded by the Celebes Sea in the south. Davao Oriental’s rich fishing grounds has attrac

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