Legarda wants full investigation on Tubbataha incident

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Senator Loren Legarda, Climate Change Act of 2009

Sen. Loren Legarda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Loren Legarda is seeking a “full investigation” by the Senate on the reported grounding of the USS Guardian in the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP) last week.

Legarda filed Senate Resolution 928, directing the Senate committee on foreign affairs, which she heads, to conduct an inquiry on the incident, saying there should be “full disclosure and accounting of the total damage arising from the incident which will help strengthen existing mechanisms to prevent a future similar occurrence.”

“A full investigation should be conducted by concerned agencies in order to strengthen existing mechanisms for protecting the World Heritage Site,” she said in a statement on Wednesday.

Legarda said Republic Act 10067 known as the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Act clearly states that “any damage to the reef shall subject the responsible person or entity to the payment of administrative fines set by the Tubbataha Protected Area Management Board (TPAMB ) based on current valuation standards, as well as the cost of restoration.

“As such, those responsible for the damage on the Tubbataha Reef should own up and pay up,” she pointed out.

“This incident highlights the need to ensure full protection of the Philippines’ marine resources by all vessels, foreign or domestic, within territorial waters amidst geo-political developments in the region,” she added.

The US ship ran aground on Tubbataha reef last January 17 while en route to its next port of call in Indonesia.

And even as its ship remained aground within the protected area, the park rangers of the TPAMB were reportedly barred by the US Navy ship commander from assessing the situation by deploying armed personnel on the dock of the ship, the resolution noted.

“We have received reports that the personnel of the US Navy ship failed to coordinate closely with the personnel of the protected area even as their ship had already destroyed an estimated 10 meters of corals,” Legarda said.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jetthro-Hernandez/100000934086218 Jetthro Hernandez

    Naks….  pa epal epal pa…. eto lang ang masasabi ko.  PEKPEK MO!

  • doctorjulius

    Let’s be thankful that our government is reacting on this one. They’re just trying to protect what’s ours.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/HQD3I42NN5GHFYN25Q7YYVD6Q4 Paul

      sabagay! kesa naman walang gawin tas sasabihin nila na wala silang pake

  • ladyganda77

    of course loren wants it investigated! she was a environmentalist before before pa :)  

    • denniskamatis

      environmentalist pala si senator? ndi ko alam yun..

      • ladyganda77

        yeap yeap! :)

  • tonying2645

    Loren is our senator plus environmentalist siya that’s why nag react siya dito ng ganito. Actually, buti nga may umasikaso pa rito e. Susuporatahan ko po kau dito.

  • sigelangbro

    Its just correct to have this investigated! The US damaged a World Heritage Site.They can’t get away with this that easy. . .

  • m1ghtym0use

    PAGBAYARIN ANG MGA KANO!! KUNG AYAW NILA MAGBAYAD NG PERA, IBARTER NALANG SI LEBRON JAMES KAPALIT NG ISANG SAKONG BIGAS

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HQD3I42NN5GHFYN25Q7YYVD6Q4 Paul

    di ba tau pwede magkasundo rito na nagkamali ang US? hindi naman natin inaaway ang US ang gusto lang nating mangyari ay maging responsabe sila sa damage na iniwan nila sa atin. :) dba??

  • KateDula

     Heritage natin to! we cant just let then leave! something needs to be done!

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