House to probe waste dumping in Subic Bay


 The MT Glenn Guardian docked at Alava Pier on Subic Bay.  INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — House minority leader Danilo Suarez on Wednesday said their bloc would launch an investigation into the alleged dumping of toxic waste in Subic Bay involving a US Navy contractor.

In a press conference, he said they would look into the issue despite the admission made by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 3 that the waste materials dumped by Glenn Defense Marine Asia Incorporated were neither nuclear nor chemical byproducts.

Citing information that Subic Water and Sewerage Co. “had no capability to test the presence of heavy metals,” Suarez said that results on tests conducted earlier were “still not conclusive whether the sample is toxic or not.”

“This precisely underscores the need for investigation into the matter,” he said.

The minority leader added that an investigation would be key to clarifying what kind of waste was dumped by the Malaysian-based contractor in Philippine waters.

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  • Joe Kano

    Yet another bogus PDI story referring to “alleged dumping of toxic waste in Subic Bay,” when there is no such allegation whatsoever.

    The only actual allegation by any responsible authorities pertains to alleged discharge of relatively small amounts wastewater and bilge water at sea some 37 kilometers out. Why is that so hard for PDI to understand?

    And the company at issue has stated that the wastewater was treated before it was ever even loaded on the barge for disposal — unlike the raw sewage that’s perpetually dumped into Olongapo’s S hit River, which actually does empty into Subic Bay but curiously receives no scrutiny from media or SBMA authorities.

    But at least today’s story clarifies that no nuclear byproducts were involved, as if that were ever even remotely suggested by anyone connected to this inquiry.

    The “reporting” on this issue has been preposterously incompetent — or deliberately malicious.

    Now there’s a real story.


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  • neverwint3r

    well an investigation is always good but the other concern is why were they able to dump wastes in the first place?
    di ba man lang sila sinita or got accosted by the phil. navy or coast guard, surely it’s a huge operation they would have been noticed? they’re supposed the guard the phil. territorial waters?

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