Chinese boat wrecked 4,000 sq m of reef, says Tubbataha mgmt


This undated handout photo received on April 10, 2013 and released by the Philippine coast Guard (PCG) shows coast guard personnel inspecting the Chinese fishing vessel which ran aground off Tubbataha reef in Palawan island, western Philippines. A Chinese fishing boat has run aground on a World Heritage-listed coral reef in the Philippines, roughly 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) from China’s nearest major landmass, authorities said April 9. AFP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Chinese fishing vessel that got stranded on Tubbataha Reef damaged nearly 4,000 square meters of centuries-old coral, the marine park overseeing the reef said on Saturday.

Some 3,902 square meters (42,000 square feet) of coral were destroyed after the boat got stuck stranded in the Tubbataha Reef Natural Park, a Unesco World Heritage-listed coral reef, the park management said.

“The damage the Chinese vessel caused to the reef is heart-breaking,” said Angelique Songco, the head of the marine park, in a statement after experts assessed the affected area.

Some of the coral destroyed by the Chinese vessel was 500 years old, Songco said, adding that the damage was much larger than the area destroyed when a US Navy minesweeper, the USS Guardian, got stranded on Tubbataha in January.

That warship was chopped up and lifted off the reef in pieces to minimize the damage. Estimates of the damaged area ran to 2,400 square meters.

The 48-meter Chinese vessel, the Min Yong Lu, carrying 12 suspected Chinese fishermen, plowed into Tubbataha near the western Philippine island of Palawan on April 8.

Authorities later found hundreds of dead pangolins or anteaters, an internationally-protected species, hidden inside the vessel.

Tubbataha marine park information officer Glenda Simon told Agence France-Presse the 12 Chinese would likely be fined about P95 million for trespassing into the marine park and destroying the coral.

The Philippine government has charged them with poaching and they could face an additional 12 to 20 years in prison for possession of the pangolins in violation of wildlife law.

Pangolins are widely hunted in parts of Asia for their meat, skin and scales and in China they are considered a delicacy and to have medicinal qualities.

The Philippine office of the World Wide Fund for Nature condemned the poaching of the pangolins after the men were caught, saying that growing demand in China was wiping out the animal in Southeast Asia.

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  • Cavitekid

    What, No outcry for money from China? Of course not why would the Philippines ask for more money from the country that already pumps in millions of dollars in graft and corruption funds. The money they ask from the American government is the money they can’t extort from American businesses who refuse (by US law know as the FCPA) to pay under the table to do business in the Philippines. Hippocrates

  • Timothy Te-Co

    Wala naman perang maibabayad ang mga intsikbelekoys na yun. Puro kabulastugan lang ang alam gawin. Yung bangka nilang dala wala ring value yun, kung sana buhay pa si Lolong pwede pang ipakain sila dun, anyway sa dami ng mga intsikbelekoys hindi na nila mapapansin na nawala na yung mga pangolin killers na yun.

  • boybakal

    It’s funny how are leaders react and don’t react.
    When the US ship was stranded in that reef, our senators immediately condemned the accident.and ask for investigation
    It even went to the Supreme Court interpreting the Order of Kalikasan.
    Whereas this Chinese vessel wrecked the reef as if nothing happened.
    If it is Uncle Sam our leaders react, if it Uncle Mao, they don’t react.
    It is shame, double standard….It goes to show that we love mcdo not siopao.

  • justyouraveragechinoy

    bitayin na yan tutal uso naman sa kanila death penalty o di kaya gawing boy or driver ng mga mahihirap na pilipino wala naman pambayad yan eh so habang buhay na alipin ang kapalit

  • dikoy321

    Voice from Germany:
    Follow the German example: German Laws are NON-NEGOTIABLE !!!
    Triple the P95M penalty and Jail those Chinese THIEVES 100 yrs, to teach them and other Chinese a lesson to NOT steal nor damage the NATIONAL TREASURE of the Philippines !
    Bawasan po ang DAKDAK at sundin ang Batas o taasan pa ang PARUSA sa mga Intsik na MAGNANAKAW !
    Wala din mga negotiate negotiate, or they laugh at us for FOOLING ourselves with our Laws !
    Follow the Law or even RAISE the PENALTY for these Chinese THIEVES, TRIPLE the Penalty and JAIL them 100 yrs, wala PATAWAD Dapat !
    Forward Philippines !!!

  • mdc-McNulty™

    Just skin them and put them in the trash bags. They are nothing but yellow slanted eyed thieves. There is nothing I hate from poachers but this kind of people destroying the environment for their greed on exotic protected and prohibited sea foods. They are a nuance and environment destroyer. No mercy No mercy… pack them in bags and burn them.

    What? Are you afraid of the Xi Jinping and their massive marine fighter boats? They have been invading us very slowly and keeps on getting on our shores. They continue to intimidate the Philippines and we dont do anything, while if an American ship hit the protected shores, we immediately investigate and put a price tag into it. These are just rotten chinese fishermen sent here because their lives have no value in their country. They are poachers, but of course Xi Jinplingplingpling will use that to co erse us. I say, no chinese in this country without a legitimate philippine birth certificate. Deport all chinese, I mean ALL ALL ALL ALL ALL….

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