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Palawan Court to issue verdict on Tubbataha intruders on Aug. 5

MARINE PARADISE LOST A diver fins through a field of pristine soft leather corals at the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. Unfortunately, only about 3 percent of the Philippine coral reefs are in “excellent condition.” YVETTE LEE/CONTRIBUTOR

The Palawan Court is set to issue its verdict on the 12 Chinese fishermen arrested last year after their vessel ran aground on Tubbataha Reef, a government prosecutor said Wednesday.

Posted: July 30th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Use science well to curb disaster hazards–Legarda


There is a growing clamor for the practical and more intense use of science to prompt decision-makers to reduce disaster hazards all over the world.

Posted: June 26th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

12 Vietnamese jailed in Philippines for illegal fishing

vietnamese fishermen

A Philippine court on Wednesday sentenced 12 Vietnamese men to six months in jail and fined them $100,000 for illegal fishing, the prosecutor in the case said.

Posted: June 19th, 2014 in Asia & Pacific,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Obama sees big reveal: Jeepneys out, Comet in

OBAMA ON AN E-JEEP  US President Obama talks with developers of an electric vehicle called Comet. Zero-emission Comets are envisioned to replace gas-guzzling public utility jeepneys on Philippine roads. With Obama are Comet developer Ken Montler (inside the vehicle with Obama), CEO of electric jeep developer Global Electric Transportation (GET); Sigfrido Tiñga, GET president; and Robert Martin of the jeepney federation Pasang Masda.  TARRA QUISMUNDO

Move over, Beast. Here comes Jeepney 1. With his shiny, bomb-proof presidential limousine—dubbed “The Beast” by the US Secret Service—a few steps away, President Barack Obama briefly boarded a zero-emission electric jeep envisioned to replace the gas-guzzling jeepneys on Metro Manila’s roads.

Posted: April 30th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

PH deadliest Asian country for environment activists – report

In this July 6, 2012 file photo, candles are lit at the very spot where Dutch environmental activist Wilhem Geertman, a former religious missionary who helped poor farmers affected by illegal logging and mining, was killed allegedly in a robbery attempt in San Fernando city, Pampanga province, north of Manila, Philippines. AP

The Philippines is the deadliest Asian country for environment and land defenders, a report from a London-based group said.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »