Sulpicio gone; owners change name


CEBU CITY—Technically, Sulpicio Lines Inc. ceased to exist after it changed its name.

The owner and operator of the ill-fated MV Doña Paz is now known as Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp.

According to records at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the company changed its name through a resolution adopted on Dec. 19, 2009, by a majority vote of the members of the board of directors and stockholders.

On April 20, 2010, the SEC approved the articles of incorporation that amended Article 1 that stated the change of Sulpicio Lines’ name to Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp., which would be doing business under the name of Span Asia Carrier.

A director’s certificate dated Dec. 29, 2009, detailing the approval of the name change and submitted to the SEC carried the signatures of Enrique S. Go, Eusebio S. Go, Victoriano S. Go, Dominador S. Go, Ricardo S. Go and Edward S. Go.

But the amended articles of incorporation did not reflect any reason for the change of corporate name.

In an interview with Cebu Daily News in March 2010, Harold Go, company vice president, said the change of name was the management’s way of starting anew for the company after it suffered major loss with the sinking of the MV Princess of the Stars at the height of Typhoon “Frank” on June 21, 2008.

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  • E Rigby

    Same dog, different collar.  25 years on, the victims of MV Dona Paz still wait for the justice that has so far been denied to them.   We can never be considered a fully civilized nation for as long as the wealthy and powerful are able to corrupt and thwart the administration of justice. 

  • Pepe Alas

    Dumb title for an article. It’s like saying that I’m gone if I changed my name to Justin Pepper.

    • MATONeeta

      not as dumb as you look

      • Pepe Alas

        Ang mg̃a may crush talagá sa aquin, palagui na lang tinitira ang hechura co, ¡haha! Sorry, dude. May asawa na acó. At di acó napatol sa baclâ.

  • ApoLapullapu

    Don Sulpicio is gone to Asia.

  • AlexanderAmproz

    This is scandalous considering the numbers of victim’s they are in charge,
    maybe ten thousands all together, mostly by neglect, greed and self sufficiency.

    Where are the crime limits in this country ?
    I guess none !

    • kapayapaan_1900

      Does changing the name of the corporation extinginguish its obligations to the victims?  This is despicable! 

      • AlexanderAmproz

        Philippines is a law less country, 
        25 years after Dona Paz inaction should be enough to understand how bad is the Justice favoring systematically the wealthiest, a basic decency should be the opposite in a christian country, to protect the poor is a Jesus commitment. 


    SAME dog, different collar.  

    In jailhouses, there is a joke among backsliders who go in and out of cells:  Different TAG/NUMBER, same person.

    • demonYOU

       Kunwari ka pa pero nakinabang ka naman sa pangloloko ng sulpicio lines at ginamit mo yun pang suporta sa different personality na meron ka…..TSUPAeng tigilan mo na ang pagbabayad at maghanap ka ng permanent partner mo tulad ni boy abunda makakatipid ka pa at maiiwas ka sa sakit!

  • lex

    dapat magpalit din ng bapor! changing the name will not make the ships safer!

  • VicenteBoticol

    All members of the Board of Directors of Suplpicio Lines should be thrown to the sea where the PRINCESS OF THE STARS  capsized and sunk.

  • WeAry_Bat

    Maybe trying to escape past and future claims.

  • avmphil

    An enterprise that involves conveying humans by the thousands is a “public” enterprise that must be placing security and safety its priority. But the Salpicio Lines -owned and operated by the Tsekwas-for decades caused such disastrous accidents and deaths ( than any other Filipino enterprises providing such services) did not. New name-change doses not reflect a change in attitude of those managing and operating this enterprise.Its the same hand that had washed the blood away. A constant eye has to be taken by respective Authorities and mete out appropriate penalty when flaws are discovered to avert future man-made accidents like the MV.Dona Paz and others.

  • Garo Ungaro

    They can change all the names they want…The most important is the government regulations on public transports..air,land and sea it must be followed and strictly implemented…by the coast guards…we can minimize all this tragedies by strict implementations on rules on all public sea transports…the government has a very important role by making it more safer…and make the owners/corporations liable….

    • AlexanderAmproz

      The one who failed with the Dona Paz and the Princess of Stars and so many others shouldn’t be allowed to run anymore any business, none company in the World had ever produced so many victims, it’s a record,  deserving jail and hugh penalties.
      If they where toughly penalized after the Dona Paz,
      how many life’s will have been saved ? 
      This is the price to pay for such compromising corruptions.
      Shame on the court, Justice and Government who where not able to protect the population, its criminal !

  • $14334231

    new company, same old transportations….way to go, Harold (GA)GOOOOOOOO………

  • regd

    A pig is still a pig even with lipstick!

    • buttones

      Yes but it looks prettier…

  • Handiong

    The change in name does not extinguish the company’s liabilities. I assume the lawyers of the victims in the sinking of the M/V Doña Paz and M/V Princess of the Stars have informed the proper courts of the name-change.  

  • wakats

    Our existing laws are not helpless to prosecute the former owners of Sulpicio Lines for the known and unregistered victims of MV Doña Paz and MV Princess of the Stars, otherwise something is wrong with our judicial system.

    The people are watching the development of these cases due to the change of corporate name of Sulpicio Lines, ostensibly to escape their obligations to the victims.

  • joboni96

    mga intsik switik na naman

    tinatago, legally
    ang kanilang kasalanan

    i deport na mga ito

  • bugoybanggers

    Sige larga.

  • Loggnat

    It would have been a more interesting and enlightening article if this writer got out of her office and did some investigating. She could have added updated information on the two tragedies and what were the result of any court cases that were filed against this shipping company. Also updates of any compensation that were made available to the victim’s family would have added to her credibility as a competent reporter/writer.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      Corrupt media people. 

    • Fred

      There you go Ms Irene of Inquirer, you have a follow-up story to do.
      Go, go, go (after Go family?)

    • AlexanderAmproz

      For Journalists this kind of peoples it’s the best way to be definitely silenced in this Killers Kingdom.

      Don’t forget the “casualties” of their last fifty years nefarious activities reaching almost 10’000, one more or one less is going to be unnoticeable…

      This Job has to be done by a failed Government and Justice, that why Chief Justice Supreme Court, Maria Lourdes Sereno is bared to decentralize the Supreme Court to Cebu… This is not the only court case !

      It’s a Major Justice abuse case !

      Meanwhile the Clergy keep silent, the only and major interests are Condoms, do they are suckers ?

  • JuanTamadachi

    So with a mere change of corporate name, the owners, managers and/or officers-in-charge,  
    who may well be guilty of criminal negligence is off the hook? I hope not. There is such a thing as piercing the corporate veil, to make those responsible for this sea tragedy, accountable for their misdeeds. 

  • Fred

    You have not settled everything. Changing corporate name does not excuse you (Go family).

  • ADD

    Could anyone post the names of the owner, chairman and board of directors of that company.

    • AlexanderAmproz

      The six Cebu Go family mentioned above, maybe Danding Cojuangco students or Justice Partners as it has a similar smell than the coco Levi Fund…

    • buttones

      Yes. Ivahad a Go- Youcanhave a Go, GoGo the dancing Bear, Ynothave a Go, and Gogo the dancing GoGo pole dancer—I think that’s about it……

  • buttones

    I suspect the company has changed it’s name because it is associated with being the world record holder for deaths at sea during peace time…that’s why

    And people still wait for compensation- and why are these people allowed a license to trade at all, this is where our justice system, and our business practices fall flat on their face. An appalling indictment of the process of Law in this country- it’s a free for all…

  • SG0609

    wala  nang mangyayari na naman kung ganyan. dapat kc kulong agad pag ganyan…

  • erap_ng_masa_1969

    Suspicious Lines na lang dapat ang ipinalit nilang pangalan.

  • kismaytami

    Dapat dito sa mga tsekwang ito pina-firing squad. Tagos hanggang buto ang pagka-ganid na naging sanhi ng kamatayan ng mga biktimang Pilipino. Kahit gawin pa nilang Safety Lines ang pangalan ng kanilang kumpanya, hindi pa rin nila mabubura sa kasaysayan ang mga kapabayaan at krimen nila.

  • AllinLawisFair

    Is the change of name their way of evading responsibility for the agony they have caused on the hapless victims?

  • speedstream2

    A name is a name is a name. What happens now to scores of individuals who still have claims against the shipping company? The concerned government agencies should provide appropriate enlightenment asap.

  • Heartrob ng Pugad Baboy

    Walang pinagkaiba sa restaurant na pinasara ng DOH tas nagbukas a few months later with a new name and new paint job :D

  • chitetskoy

    Philippine Spank Asia formerly Suspicious Lines… different name, same dangerous practices?

  • blainz

    When I read “Sulpicio Lines gone…” I thought the whole company slid into the sea, which would probably improve the seaworthiness of its vessels more than a change of name.

  • dodong1

    nagpalit na rin daw si Gloria Arroyo ng pangalan pero nandoon parin yung maruming budhi niya ganun din kaya itong sulpicio lines..ilang beses ka mang magpalit palit ng pangalan pero kung dating gawi parin ang pinapairal walang ring magbabago…PURO FLOATING COFFINS PARIN ANG MGA BARKO NILA!! di ba dapat ang pangalan ..PHILIPPINE SANK ASIA…

  • dodong1

    new name for sulpicio lines…PHILIPPINE SANK ASIA…

  • charles

    The owners of these types of shipping companies just don’t care how many people died riding their ships..profit margins are always the bottom line…

  • charles

    our courts are so disgusting, imagine it’s been 25 years already, and none of the managers, supervisors (or even owners) of the ships who sank have ever been convicted…

  • Bobok

    in fairness, they only amended their SEC records and changed the name. it is the same Sulpicio Shipping Lines company, therefore their liabilities are not extinguished!

    the Go’s have not absconded their liabilities by setting up a new corporation. they continued their old corporation and simply changed the name. ask any law student on this and their opinion will be the same as mine 

  • Filpino

    BAkit sa Amerika yung mga may-ari ng business hinuhuli na naka handcuffed at kinukong pa, pero dito kahit alalay di man lang makulong. Dapat ito ang inunang amiendahan ang atomatikong pagpapakulong sa mga may-ari ng mga businesses na nakaperwiso ng malaki sa taong-bayan.

  • dequis

    dapat ipinalit nilang pangalan sa kumpanya nila PHILIPPINE LUBOG ASIA CARRIER CORP. ang corporate address 4000ft ILALIM NG TABLAS STRAIT, Romblon. Philippines

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    Its only a name change under the same management.  Hopefully not the same tragic accident.

    • AlexanderAmproz

      What happen, once happen twice, gullible country don’t have yet discover it !

      Very convenient to take advantage

  • Eduardo

     Loggnat you are absolute correct, the writer must investigate the information or the court cases against this company, and the SEC must not allow a company to change name unless they settle their accountabilities..It’s like the official of the city, province or Senators, congressman or even the President once they were out of their respective office there are no more accountability. Our justice system run by very smart individuals but it is still slow, the progress of the case is going no where, because the system is very centralized. As the saying goes” ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES”…God Bless the country..and it’s youth..

  • watot

    Good job SEC, just nice was is it another overnight favor before govt change?

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