Aquino: What was ship doing in heritage site?


President Benigno S. Aquino III. Malacañang Photo Bureau

President Aquino on Tuesday said the United States has to explain how and why its ship had run aground in a protected area like the Tubbataha Reefs but the “first priority” was to remove the USS Guardian and contain the damage it made in the world heritage site.

“After they do that and we’re finished with the immediate issue, then they have to answer so many things. What are you doing in an environmentally protected area?” Mr. Aquino told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in an interview following the turnover ceremonies of the new Commanding General of the Philippine Army at Fort Bonifacio.

Mr. Aquino noted that US Navy ships had “some of the most sophisticated navigational equipment.”

“And when you assess liabilities and culpabilities, exactly what are the mechanisms or what do they have to pay us? Fines? What are the sanctions? But that has to be secondary to removing the ship,” he said.

Mr. Aquino said that in removing the USS Guardian from the reef, “we want to ensure that there would not be more damage created.”

“The first priority is stop the damage being made,” he said.

Mr. Aquino noted that the Coast Guard is already in the area with oil booms to ensure that it could immediately contain any leak from the ship.

Meanwhile, US Vice Adm. Thomas Carney, the Logistics Group Commander for the Western Pacific, left Puerto Princesa, Palawan, for Tubbataha Reef on Monday to oversee the recovery operations for the USS Guardian minesweeper.

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  • Albert

    I can’t believe I am reading this babbling garbage from comments below as if you are all a bunch of monkeys chattering and picking Kuto from each others heads around the zoo’s dinner table.

  • jurbinsky77

    Hold your horses!

    That was just an acident. There is no captain of a ship that would like to run aground. His career is now on dead water.

  • Edgardo Mendoza


  • BURADOR—Phil. Voice

    And that is ILLEGAL, they HAVE to EXPLAIN WHY?—

  • joboni96

    kasalanan ni zte aroyo ito

    kung hindi sana nakipag deal
    sa mga intsik switik at

    pinabayaan and depensa at
    pinapasok ang mga imperyalista

    wala sana ito

    kompiskahin na yang barko na yan tulad sa mga intsik switik fishermen
    ng may magamit pang depensa sa mga intsik switik

    another imperialist psywar operation
    to break down pilipino resistance to recolonization

    the recovered drone was another similar psywar operation of the imperialist

    yung sa scarborough, tonkin style pakana din nila


    mapapahamak tayo sa kabobohan ng u.s. navy

    • Joe Kano

       joboni96 is a spy from mars

      • joboni96

        cia joe call center agent
        a hearty laugh

    • Silence

       Well, that escalated quickly.

  • paul

    balita ko may taliban daw sa area na yan eh…kaya may operation sila..ayun sumablay makina…ang yaman natin..gusto tayo sakupin ng mga dayuhan..since wala tayong armas ..mamili na lang tayo…..tsina o kano?….hmmm…. pwede ba korea para may kpop at gangnam?

  • murtson

    Locquacious Aquino is talking again. Why not take care of matters important to the people? The bridges in Caraga, Davao Oriental, destroyed by logs from illegal logging areas during the typhoon Pablo need immediate reconstruction since they are the only way connecting the northern towns of Baganga, Cateel and Boston and Caraga’s northern sector to Mati and Davao City. Not one official is training their crossed eyes towards repairing the bridges. Enough with corruption.  

    • JunX

      this is an important issue. this is also a national issue. the tubataha reef is a major breeding area of the fishes that are our fishermen catching as a source of their income and food for ourselves. The bridges that you have mentioned are already underconstruction.

  • Jols – batman Robin

    navigation system cguro nto made in china…

  • disqusted0fu

    If Pnoy wasn’t kowtowing to the US that much maybe they will respect our laws and our country more. They should also bring this to UN like what they want to do with China.

    • Greg Guibani

      kaya napad-pad ang US  ship doon kumukuha sila ng mga prostitute banda dyan tapos contact nila ay ang coast guard. wala silang permit to entry sa pinas,eh na iingit  sila sa tropa nila na pumapasok na ligal dito sa pinas na nakakatikim  lman loob alam ninyo ibig kong sabihin .kaya iyong ship doon  ng stop over para doon sila dalahan ng prostitute .kaya nga sabi ko ,ang contact nila dyan mga coast guard din .ang akala nila heritagee banda doon malalim amg tubig, eh sumablay coast natin na nag bigay ng tip .na doon mag anchor, yon ang nagyari sumadsad base lang sa aking maruming pag-iisip yan,,,,,, kaya share ko lang ang pumasok sa akin pag-iisip sana wala sama loob sa akin hakaka ko lang po to . salamat pomababaw pala tubig doon . kaya nabulilyaso . alam ninyo naman takam na takam yang mga puti sa mga babae dito sa pinas . ayon lang ang pumasok sa isip ko na puwedeng mang yari .ayon lang din  sa palagay<< ko kung yaman lang alam natin ang US nasa kanila na ang lahat.kaya 

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