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Palace OKs $1.4-M fine on US Navy for ship grounding at Tubbataha Reef

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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

Ruling out any diplomatic protest, Malacañang expressed satisfaction with the $1.4-million or P60-million assessed fine on the US Navy whose ship grazed the Tubbataha Reef on Jan. 17.

Posted: April 7th, 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 »

USS Guardian’s bow cut, lifted—Coast Guard

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POWERLESS. Giant waves batter the USS Guardian, a minesweeper that ran aground in the Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Sea, tossing the ship some 90 degrees from its position on Thursday (inset) and making it parallel to the reef line. The photographs are courtesy of the AFP FILE PHOTO

A United States Navy-contracted salvage team has completed the cutting and lifting of the bow, or the forward section of the USS Guardian and its subsequent transfer to a barge, the spokesperson of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), said on Wednesday.

Posted: March 27th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Apologies, compensation not enough for Tubbataha damage—Legarda

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Senator Loren Legarda, Climate Change Act of 2009

Saying apologies and guarantees of “just compensation” were not enough, at least two Philippine senators are keen to hold the United States accountable for the destruction of the Tubbataha Reef following the grounding a US Navy minesweeper on the marine sanctuary nearly a month ago.

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

US liable for ship accident in Tubbataha reef—Santiago

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Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Rising from her sick bed, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago slammed on Tuesday, the United States’ “magnanimity” over its warship’s destruction of the Tubbataha Reef, saying it should be held accountable for violations of both local and international laws instead of calling it an accident and promising compensation for the priceless marine park.

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

Salvaging of US ship from Tubbataha reef suspended due to turbulent waves

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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 salvage operation to remove the USS Guardian from the Tubbataha Reef was put on hold Sunday because of turbulent sea conditions, which prevented the giant crane ship SMIT Borneo from anchoring close to the moribund US minesweeper.

Posted: February 11th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

US Navy presents plan to dismantle grounded ship in Tubbataha

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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 United States Navy has presented to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) its USS Guardian “dismantling plan” that will utilize floating cranes in what it calls a “complex operation” to minimize damage to the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea.

Posted: February 4th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

US Navy told to submit Tubbataha salvage plan

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POWERLESS. Giant waves batter the USS Guardian, a minesweeper that ran aground in the Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Sea, tossing the ship some 90 degrees from its position on Thursday (inset) and making it parallel to the reef line. The photographs are courtesy of the AFP FILE PHOTO

Defense officials on Tuesday asked the United States to submit its salvage plan for the grounded USS Guardian for approval before undertaking a delicate salvage operation that would involve hoisting the stricken vessel onto a barge.

Posted: January 30th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Tubbataha Reef accident ignored during meeting of PH officials with US lawmakers

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Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, right, looks at the guest book which was signed by visiting US congressmen led by Edward Royce, R-Calif., left, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, in Manila, Philippines. Rep. Royce is in Manila for talks with top Philippine officials, including President Benigno Aquino III, aimed at strengthening relations between the two countries. Others in the photo are Rep. Eliot Engel, D-New York, second from left, Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., third from left, Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., fourth from left, and Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., second from right. AP

The grounding of a United States minesweeper ship on Tubbataha Reef and its increasing damage on the marine sanctuary and protected area in the Sulu Sea was apparently not on the agenda when a delegation of US lawmakers met with Philippine officials on Monday.

Posted: January 29th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

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