6/7/2020 E-Library - Information At Your Fingertips: Printer Friendly THIRD DIVISION [ G.R. No. 237487, June 27, 2018 ] ALDRINE B. ILUSTRICIMO, PETITIONER, V. NYK-FIL SHIP MANAGEMENT, INC./INTERNATIONAL CRUISE SERVICES, LTD. AND/OR JOSEPHINE J. FRANCISCO, RESPONDENTS. DECISION VELASCO JR., J.: Nature of the Case This petition for review under Rule 45 of the Rules of Court seeks to reverse and set aside the September 27, 2017 Decision[1] and February 15, 2018 Resolution[2] of the Court of Appeals (CA) in CA-G.R. SP No. 149491 entitled "NYK-Fil Ship Management, Inc./International Cruise Services Ltd, Josephine J. Francisco v. Aldrine B. Ilustricimo." The assailed rulings modified the amount of disability benefits awarded by the Panel of Voluntary Arbitrators[3] (VA) of the National Mediation and Conciliation Board (NCMB) to petitioner Aldrine B. Ilustricimo in its October 25, 2016 Decision.[4] Factual Antecedents Petitioner was engaged by respondent International Cruise Services Ltd., through respondent NYK-Fil Ship Management, Inc. (NYK), as a Quarter Master onboard its vessels from 1993 to 2014. His last employment with the respondents was on board the vessel MV Crystal Serenity last April 2014. Prior to his embarkation, petitioner underwent a routine Pre-Employment Medical Examination and was declared physically fit to work. In November 2014, while MV Crystal Serenity was on its way to Florida, USA, petitioner started experiencing gross hematuria, or blood in his urine. He reported the matter to his superiors and was given antibiotics for suspected urinary tract infection. Due to his medical condition, petitioner was brought to a hospital in Key West, Florida, where he was subjected to a CT Scan. The results revealed the presence of three polypoid masses in his bladder. Petitioner was medically repatriated on November 22, 2014 and immediately referred to the company-accredited hospital for treatment. Dr. Nicomedes Cruz (Dr. Cruz), the company-designated doctor, diagnosed him with "urothelial carcinoma of the urinary bladder, low grade" or "bladder cancer."[5] After undergoing a series of chemotherapy sessions and operations, petitioner's attending doctors assessed him with an interim disability rating of Grade 7 in a report[6] dated March 6, 2015. In the same report, Dr. Cruz noted that risk factors for petitioner's illness include "occupational exposure to aromatic amines and cigarette elibrary.judiciary.gov.ph/thebookshelf/showdocsfriendly/1/64175 1/12

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