SAYS LEGARDA

US navy contractor dumped millions of liters of wastes in Subic

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Senator Loren Legarda, Climate Change Act of 2009

Sen. Loren Legarda. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Millions of liters of sewage wastes were dumped in the Philippine waters by US Navy contractor Glenn Defense Marine Asia without proper permits from the government, Senator Loren Legarda, who headed an investigation into the waste dumping incident in Subic Bay in October, said Wednesday.

“We are talking here of millions of liters of sewage wastes disposed at sea by Glenn Defense over a period of time, without the requisite permits from the government,” Legarda said in a statement.

“They do not even have the necessary accreditation as waste collectors from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA),” Legarda said after the joint investigation of the Senate committees on foreign relations and environment and natural resources into the incident.

Legarda said that Glenn Defense was guilty of violating Philippine laws when its tanker, MT Glenn Guardian, dumped sewage wastes collected from US Navy ships 37 kilometers off Subic, last October 15.

She said that Glenn Defense, the Philippine arm of a Singapore-based company that operates in 27 countries providing marine husbanding services, had been doing the practice over the past several years.

The estimated 200,000 liters of sewage that the MT Glenn Guardian collected from the US Navy ship Emory Land had previously been found to be in excess of the toxicity standards set by the DENR.

According to records provided by Subic Water to the investigating committee, some 4,025,000 liters of sewage were collected from the USS Emory Land alone from October 15, 2012 to November 19, 2012.

The records also showed that “a total of 357 US vessels visited the Philippines from 2007 to October 2012, and 56 percent or 191 ships were serviced by Glenn Defense. From January to October 22, 2012 alone, Glenn Defense serviced a total of 39 ships.”

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) also found that the wastes were dumped by Glenn Defense outside of designated dumping sites, Legarda said.

Legarda urged the Presidential Commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFACOM) to ensure “respect for Philippine laws, state policies, and strict compliance with the rules and regulations promulgated by the concerned departments and agencies.”

“The DENR and the PCG should pro-actively carry out their mandated functions in relation to marine pollution control,” Legarda said.

“It is lamentable that all these violations are happening under the noses of government officials; some of them looking the other way while disrespect for our laws is happening,” she added.

Legarda, in her investigation report, recommended that administrative and criminal proceedings be conducted against Glenn Defense. She said that the firm could be blacklisted if necessary.

“This incident and the unfortunate grounding of a US minesweeper in Tubbataha Reef are two different incidents, grounded on the same issue — the need for better coordinative and implementing arrangements,” Legarda said.

This was in order to “ensure … ‘respect for Philippine laws, state policies…and strict compliance with rules and regulations’ by our treaty partner and all entities performing services outside of the VFA,” she added.

Lagarda urged government agencies to put the Philippine interests ahead of treaties.

“Our government agencies need to understand that in any agreement or gtreaty, national interest is first and second to none,” Legarda said.

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  • http://twitter.com/Joe_The_Kano Joe Kano

    By the way, how many liters are dumped into the Pasig every day?
    Or S hit River in Olongapo?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VUFRGRCCA5JXOLKEVCJQ3FBW3Y Concerned Citizen

    99% of the country’s coral reefs are gone with dynamite fishing and trade of corals yet Sen Legarda did not prevent this environmental disaster. Instead her attention seems focused on the more minor issues of the US Navy (which appears to be handled properly) in what seems to be an ungrateful attempt to abrogate the VFA, remove our national security and make all of us vulnerable, helpless and defenseless against China.   Regional & national security and US$23trillion oil and gas reserves are at stake here. This is the real national interest..

    • Crazy_horse101010

      its funny that the people who most about what is going on with the reefs is the foreigners, and are the ones who get cursed at and told to leave the country.several years ago a foreigner friend of mine was walking down a beach. he came upon a girl about 2 years old in a inner tube type float. there were high waves and she was upside down in the water.he ran out an saved her. her family ws a hundred meters away getting drunk and not watching her. he took the girl to them and said they need to watch.they yelled at him and told him to mind his own business no thanks for saving the girl. kind of the same thing here

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/VUFRGRCCA5JXOLKEVCJQ3FBW3Y Concerned Citizen

         The situation is frustrating because all these people think are their personal interests after the people gave them all the trust.  That’s why I can’t stop reading the news so I can at least get the attention of someone who can correct the irrational behavior of these people.

      • Crazy_horse101010

        i feel the same way. ive been allover the central part of the philippnes and seen the lack of concern for whats happening here..ive been where children had never seen a person from another country. i felt like the pied piper. ive slept in the 1 room shacks and heard the rats running around at night and ive drank my share of tuba with the poor. people in lala land dont have a clue with whats out there. just got to keep trying

  • 100% freedom of navigation

    Imagine our country’s coasts without corals shielding it all the way down to the bottom of continental shelf. Our soils can erode into the sea. That is one big reason why widespread destruction of corals must be given a very important attention by the Senate and our Government.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jesse.tan.52 Jesse Tan

    AS USUAL THE FILIPINO OWNER  CONTRACTOR DOES NOT CARE ABOUT ENVIRONMENT – AS LONG AS US NAVY PAY THE FILIPINO OWNER  THEN  WHO CARES 
    THE OWNER DO NOT CARE HE WILL GET AWAY WITH IT  JUST WAIT THIS STORY WILL BE FORGOTTEN

  • http://www.facebook.com/jesse.tan.52 Jesse Tan

    REMEMBER MANILA BAY IS A BIG SEWAGE DUMP SO WHY BUY REAL ESTATE IN OR NEAR MANILA BAY —-DO YOU  NOTICE THE AIR IN MANILA  STINKS —

    I WONT BE BUYING REAL ESTATE NEAR MANILA BAY — I KNOW MANILA BAY IS A BIG SEWAGE DUMP = WHERE DO U THINK 12 MILLIONS METRO MANILA POPULATION POOPS GET DUMP ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jesse.tan.52 Jesse Tan

    I DONT KNOW WHY   THEY WILL PUT ENTERTAINMENT CITY CASINO NEAR A METRO MANILA SEWAGE DUMP MANILA BAY  TSK TSK NO BRAINER  — THEY SHOULD JUST PICK LUBANG ISLAND FOR THE CASINO ENTERTAINMENT INSTEAD OF MANILA BAY SEWAGE DUMP SITE

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexander.b.young.3 Alexander Barreda Young

    they made a wrong move mam Loren and you did the right thing…but if we keep citing their wrongs and they withdraw support especially on VFA…are you going to patrol our skies and seas to make sure the people are safe from foreign invasion?

    US Navy whether we like it or not will have to save us when the Chinese fever keeps persisting…

    anyway,i think i will not vote for you anymore 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JKMEIJGSHDQ3VKLLBJKADRHNLY yamrona

    Legarda is a Communist Bitch(gaga) she need to be sent to China,

  • notmeitsthedog

    Who is at fault that it got this much waste polluting in our waters? The PCG, DENR, SBM and the Glenn defense, that’s who! 3 incompetent departments that cannot enforce the law and 1 criminal contractor.
    Where does the VFA and the US navy fit in the blame game? Typical trapos will always will always abolish a  good system put in place when they could not figure out how to implement it right!

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