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

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USS Guardian 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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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

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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USS Guardian 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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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 »

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