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DFA tells China off on jailed Chinese poachers

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In this April 13, 2013, photo released by the Philippine Coast Guard in Manila, members of the Philippine Coast Guard hold a frozen pangolin, or scaly anteater, on board a Chinese vessel that ran aground off Tubbataha coral reef.  AP PHOTO/PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD

Let the Philippine justice system take its course in the litigation of the Chinese fishermen whose boat got stuck on Tubbataha Reef last week, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has told Chinese Embassy officials in Manila.

Posted: April 17th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

12 Chinese seamen charged

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The 12 Chinese nationals whose boat got stuck in the Tubbataha Reefs on Monday night were slapped with charges of poaching and other violations of the marine park’s rules.

Posted: April 11th, 2013 in Banner Story,Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Now, it’s Chinese boat stuck in Tubbataha

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As salvage operations on the grounded US minesweeper in Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea came to a close, a Chinese fishing vessel was reported to have struck the north reef close to midnight Monday.

Posted: April 10th, 2013 in Banner Story,Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

US Navy turns over ship’s navigational charts, papers to PH probers

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In this photo taken on March 30, 2013, and released by the Philippine Coast Guard on Monday, April 1, 2013, the stern of the USS Guardian, a U.S. Navy minesweeper, is transferred to another ship after being lifted out of the water at the Tubbataha Reef, a World Heritage site, in the Tubbataha National Marine Park, southwest of the Philippines.  AP FILE  PHOTO

The US Navy has turned over digital navigation maps and other important documents to Philippine investigators who are looking into the grounding of the minesweeper USS Guardian on Tubbataha Reef on Jan. 17.

Posted: April 9th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

US must pay more, say 2 Senate candidates

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In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 and released by the Philippine Coast Guard in Manila, on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, the bow of the USS Guardian, a US Navy minesweeper, is lifted by a crane during a continuing salvage operation off Tubbataha Reef, a World Heritage Site in the Sulu Sea, 640 kilometers (400 miles) southwest of Manila, Philippines. The ship ran aground before dawn on Jan. 17, damaging coral reef. AP/Philippine Coast Guard

The US Navy is not yet off the hook in the Tubbataha Reef, as Sen. Loren Legarda will not allow it to sail away even after it pays $1.4 million for the damage the grounding of the USS Guardian has caused to the protected marine park in the Sulu Sea.

Posted: April 8th, 2013 in Banner Story,Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Tubbataha, US Navy divers to assess reef damage

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The bow of the US minesweeper Guardian is lifted for placing on a barge during shipbreaking operation by a Singaporean salvor company to remove the ship from the protected Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea. The Guardian ran aground on the reef in January, and has to be broken up to save the reef from further damage. PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD

As it awaits the assessment dives that would determine the extent of the damage to Tubbataha Reef, the Philippine government is sending a Coast Guard team to Japan to resume its investigation into the grounding of the USS Guardian on the atoll, government officials said yesterday.

Posted: April 2nd, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Tubbataha divers to lead in reef damage assessment, says Coast Guard

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Tubbataha Reef Management Office divers, not their counterparts from the Philippine Coast Guard, will make the “final assessment” of the damage left by the USS Guardian on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea, the PCG spokesman told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Posted: April 1st, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

USS Guardian removed from Tubbataha Reef; damage assessment next

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In a photo released by the U.S. Navy, the mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian  sits aground in this Jan. 22, 2013 file photo on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea in the Philippines.  AP FILE PHOTO

The removal of the minesweeper USS Guardian that got stuck in Tubbataha Reefs some two months ago was completed Saturday, two weeks ahead of date estimates initially made by both Philippine and US authorities.

Posted: March 31st, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

US invites PH to Tubbataha probe

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USS Guardian on Tubbataha Reef. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The United States government has invited Philippine officials to Japan for a briefing on the investigation into the grounding of the USS Guardian in Tubbataha Reef, a World Heritage site, in January.

Posted: March 22nd, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Bad weather stalls Tubbataha salvage operations anew

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USS Guardian on Tubbataha Reef. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Bad weather has forced a US Navy-contracted salvage team to suspend the dismantling of the USS Guardian, the minesweeper that has been grounded since Jan. 17 at the Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Sea, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said yesterday.

Posted: March 6th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

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