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Greenpeace to help ‘reef check’ at Apo marine sanctuary

Apo Island Marine Sanctuary is home to one of the country’s oldest community-managed marine reserves. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Joel Gene Brinas

Esperanza, the largest ship of Greenpeace, arrived Tuesday at Apo Island Marine Sanctuary, home to one of the country’s oldest community-managed marine reserves, to mark the start of a three-week visit aimed at galvanizing action to save the Philippine seas.

Posted: July 9th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Gov’t to ensure US will pay for Tubbataha damage

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 government will make sure the United States makes good on its pledge to compensate the Philippines for the damage inflicted by a US Navy ship on the Tubbataha Reef marine sanctuary, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Tuesday.

Posted: April 3rd, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Dismantling of US minesweeper halfway through


The dismantling of the USS Guardian stuck on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea is about 50 percent complete, the Philippine Coast Guard said Wednesday.

Posted: March 13th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

US Navy raps faulty map for hi-tech ship’s grounding

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REEFS ON THE ROCKS A diver observes a sleeping shark on a ledge at the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. Made up of two atolls, Tubbataha’s vertiginous walls are home to 12 species of sharks. Overfished because of the sharks’ valuable fins, Tubbataha offers one of the last guaranteed shark dives in the world. Although protected year-round by armed rangers who are stationed in two-month shifts, the reefs were defenseless against the rude intrusion of a US minesweeper  three days ago when it  ran aground in the Unesco-named World Heritage Site. YVETTE LEE/CONTRIBUTOR

The United States Navy said a minesweeper that ran aground on a coral reef in the Philippines was using a faulty map that misplaced the location of the marine sanctuary.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »