Post updated: 28/01/18
Marcial Amaro III and Nelson Ramirez – these legendary Filipino Marine Engineers have big hearts to serve our seafarers, and may advance the development of our local shipping industry in general.
Amaro III is Maritime Industry Authority’s (MARINA) newly axed administrator while Ramirez is United Filipino Seafarers (UFS) vocal president.
When Amaro III was appointed as head of MARINA, we saw Ramirez loudly cheering for him. But it didn’t take long for one good friend to burn bridges. After few months of perhaps working together for the common good of the industry, the two became frenemies.
Ramirez, on some of his latest Facebook posts, repeatedly said that Amaro III’s controversial travels abroad made during his first year in office were ‘junkets’ – the very same reason why President Duterte fired him.
Further, if given a chance to be the next MARINA administrator, he accepts it but his ‘contractual’ term will last merely a year, as explained by him in social media.
Meanwhile, Amaro III defended his foreign travels. In one of his televised interviews, the alleged ‘adsentee head’ said that his trips were all work-related. Nevertheless, he accepts his sudden dismissal from office.
On this point, The Republic wants to hear your voice.
Who do you think has the heart of a true sea ambassador? Cast your vote now!
Photos of Amaro III and Ramirez screengrabbed from TV5 News/Facebook and engr.nelson.ramirez/Facebook.