By Nathaniel R. Melican
, Tarra Quismundo
A foreign head of state flew in for a personal visit last week and was surprised to get an official security detail. Anote Tong, president of Kiribati, slipped into the country late Friday night for a four-day visit to study the impact of Super Typhoon Yolanda on Eastern Visayas, a priority concern for the environment advocate wary about the future of his sinking 800-square-kilometer island nation.
On Jan. 17 last year, the Avenger-class minehunter USS Guardian ran aground on the south atoll of the Tubbataha Reefs while sailing to Indonesia following a port call on Subic Bay.
By DJ Yap
, Tarra Quismundo
Almost a year after an American warship ran aground on an atoll of the Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Sea, the US government has yet to pay the fine imposed by the Philippines for the damage to the environment.
Nature and man together cooked up the disaster in the Philippines.
Geography, meteorology, poverty, shoddy construction, a booming population and, to a much lesser degree, climate change combine to make the Philippines the nation most vulnerable to killer typhoons, according to several scientific studies.
By DJ Yap
The Philippines has moved a step closer toward issuing a total ban on mercury as Environment Secretary Ramon Paje signs Thursday the historic Minamata Convention at a United Nations conference in Japan.
In commemoration of Coral Triangle Day last June 9, the US Embassy in Manila has announced the visit of eminent American marine biologist Dr. Nancy Knowlton of the Smithsonian’s Museum of Natural History on June 17-22 under the auspices of the Department of State’s US Speaker Program.
By Jocelyn R. Uy
The 12 Chinese nationals arrested for alleged poaching at Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in April will not be deported until after their case has been terminated or they have served their sentence, according to the Bureau of Immigration.
By Redempto D. Anda
The Philippine government plans to let 12 suspected Chinese poachers arrested at Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in April with a cargo of endangered pangolins leave the country despite facing criminal charges.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Wednesday said it would intensify its monitoring of foreign-flagged vessels in the Tubbataha Reef area following reports a Vietnamese boat was spotted there over the weekend.
MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court has issued a “writ of kalikasan” over the Tubbataha Reef that directs the Court of Appeals to determine whether the US Navy is criminally and administratively liable for the massive coral destruction in the reef by the grounding of the USS Guardian last Jan. 17. Unconfirmed reports last night said [...]