Coast Guard: What toxic waste?


The MT Glenn Guardian docked at Alava Pier on Subic Bay. ROBERT GONZAGA/INQUIRER CENTRAL LUZON

What dumping of toxic wastes into Subic Bay?

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)  has disputed news reports saying the US Navy support ship M/T Glenn Guardian had dumped toxic wastes into the Zambales body of water.

In a statement, the PCG on Thursday quoted Rear Admiral Luis Tuason Jr., the command’s officer in charge, as saying that “there is no dumping and we would not allow any dumping in Philippine waters, most especially in Subic.”

Tuason also said they were taken aback after reading a news item in one of the daily broadsheets about the alleged dumping.

There was no actual discharge of waste into the country’s territorial waters, Tuason said.

“When you say dumping, the wastes were discharged directly from the ship toward the sea water. But in fairness to [retired Naby chief Vice Admiral] Mayuga, no actual dumping was done,” he said.

Mayuga is the CEO of Glenn Defense Marine Philippines Inc., the Philippine office of a US Navy contractor based in Singapore.

Early this week, he dismissed as flawed reports about the company dumping hazardous wastes into the bay.

Mayuga claimed their firm handled domestic wastes from the toilets and kitchens of US Navy vessels. However, he said these were safe for disposal.

Roberto Garcia, chairman of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, earlier told newsmen that Glenn Defense support vessels were carrying “sewage waste with high levels of toxicity.”

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  • arao_liwanag

    Sabuat sabuatan na. Well choreograph. Yon nga inacusahan ay antimano ayaw magpaimbestiga ( dahil ginawa nila ang pagtatapon ng toxic waste). Bukod tangi itong Coast Gaurd ang walang alam. Bantay Salakay   Coast Guard sa  Lagay.

  • sh1seadad

    To all you People complaining. Go to Olongapo City head to the Subic Freeport before you get to the gate of the Freeport there is a bridge under that bridge is a river and that river is the dirtiest smelliest river water in the world. It is full of raw sewage and toxic to every living thing and guess where it go right in to Subic Bay on two sides of the river. I would invite all you people that are blogging here to that means you Bayan and Santigo and all you other’s here go look for your selves and shut up because to see this river you must all be shy. Be my guest come to Olongapo and down Magsaysay Drive to the bridge and look down you must all be shy and ashamed of this river maybe someone should call Green Peace to have that checked out. And all you bloggers that have never seen this or checked out this river you need to do that because the Filipino people are killing themselves with this river running into Subic Bay.You must point your fingers at yourselves first before pointing at others.  SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Riza

      I grew up with the Subic river as part of my backyard. When the Americans were there, it was well-taken care of. Very clean. Kids often bathe and fish in the river. It went downhill when the Americans left. Now it’s like a sewer. Many kids living near the river has asthma, breathing in all that germ-infested mess.

  • Panch1t0

    This report is obviously FOS. Who do you think Philippine Cost Guard will take side in this issue? The former admiral has its name embedded in the Philippine Navy. Its a shame, isn’t it.

  • delpillar

    kapag naitapon na ang waste sa dagat, there will no more proof if they were TOXIC.

    Procedural lapses lang naman ang problema dito (as I always mentioned before).

    1. bago magtapon ng waste, TOXIC or Toilet/SEWAGE, unilateral (no exception) ba na dapat inspectionin ng govt agency?  == > YES/NO?

    2. Unilateral ba (no exception) na dapat idaan sa treatment plant muna bago itapon?
    May kakayahan ba technically-skilled at meron bang nararapat na apparatus ang govt agencies to test for different types of toxicity and radio-activity (radio-isotopes)

    3. Yung treatment plant ba ay may record ng Waste-in (Toxicity certificate) at Waste-out (toxicity substanntially reduced certificate ba?

    4. etc etc etc.

    5. etc. etc

    98. Do the government agencies accept BRIBE? Yes/no?

    99. If you pay the BRIBE, lahat pede itapon? Yes/No?

    100. If you don’t pay BRIBE, demolition jobs thru media will happen to your company YES/NO?

    37 km from the coast of Zambales going to Scarborough shoal is a depth from 500 meter to 6,000 meters (6-km). Most waste are heavier than salt/sea water, specially those with metallic compound. And there are underground sea currents. Yung laman ng barko is just a dust in the wind kapag naitapon na sa ganito kalalim ng dagat.

  • speedstream2

    Does the PCG OIC have first-hand knowledge there was no waste dumping based on incontrovertible evidence, say, formal reports from Coast Guard vessels that monitored the movements of vessels of this Glenn outfit in Philippine waters?

  • Harry

    Mayuga admitted dumping “non-toxic waste” into the bay. Rear Admiral Tuazon Jr. claimed there was no dumping.

    Now, who is not telling the truth?

  • Joe Kano

    The Coast Guard issued the statement on Monday.
    PDI did not publish this fragment of it until Friday.
    Who’s dumping what on whom?
    PDI is dumping s hitty journalism on its readers.

    • Harry

      Did Mayuga lie about his dumping? No, he only claimed that it was non-toxic waste. Then, the Coast Guard lied when they said there was no dumping..

    • sh1seadad

      PDI should be sued for liable and slander

  • virgoyap

    So if there was no dumping of wastes what’s all this hullabaloo about?

  • TagaDumantay

    Rear Adm Tuason should be relieved of his command. It is dumping. If it is alright to dump domestic waste at high seas, the USN no longer require it to be suction by other vessel for disposal. They trow it straight away after generating. Why don’t this Glen try to dump it in Singapore or in US territory & we will know if it will be allowed.

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