Oil Exec 'Sorry' for Blaming Filipinos for Oil Rig Fire

The Philippine Embassy in Washington said oil executive John Hoffman, president of Black Elk Energy oil company, has apologized for blaming Filipino workers for the explosion on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico on November 16 last year, reports GMA News. The embassy said Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr. "protested and obtained an apology from Black Elk President John Hoffman for the statement the oil executive had given to media attributing the platform accident to the incompetence and lack of English language skills of Filipino offshore oil workers.”