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US reminded on responsibility for coral reef destruction in Sulu Sea

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MANILA, Philippines — Almost a year after an American warship ran aground in the Sulu Sea, destroying a portion of the Tubbataha Reefs, a militant fisherfolk organization pressed the US government to take responsibility beyond the P58 million-fine it was ordered to pay the Philippines for the environmental damage.   The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang [...]

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 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 »

PCG to help refloat grounded Chinese vessel

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The Philippine Coast Guard will help refloat the Chinese vessel Min Long Yu which ran aground on Monday night at the Tubbataha National Marine Park in the Sulu Sea, according to the PCG commandant.

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

‘Not a penny over $1.4M for Tubbataha damage’

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Officials of the Tubbataha Management Office (TMO) will not ask for more than the $1.4 million (about P60 million) fine slapped on the United States following the grounding of its warship in Tubbataha Reef.

Posted: April 7th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Guardian skipper, 3 others relieved for reef grounding

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The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday said it respected the US Navy’s decision to relieve four officers after one of its vessels damaged the Tubbataha Reefs but stressed that Manila needed to conduct its own probe of the incident.

Posted: April 5th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Headlines | Read More »

PH Navy deploys vessels, aircraft to Sulu Sea amid Sabah standoff

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The Philippine Navy on Thursday said it had deployed vessels to the Sulu Sea to intensify its watch on the Philippine backdoor amid a standoff between Malaysian security forces and a group of armed Filipinos in Lahad Datu town in the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah.

Posted: February 21st, 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 »

Do the right thing, green group tells US Navy

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An international environment conservation group yesterday urged the US Navy to do the right thing and finance the restoration and continued protection of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park after its minesweeping vessel ran aground in the area two weeks ago.

Posted: January 29th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Diesel fuel, other hazards removed from US Navy ship

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The US Embassy on Monday said the US Navy had removed all potential environmental hazards, including 15,000 gallons of diesel fuel, from the ship USS Guardian which ran aground on the Tubbataha Reefs on Jan. 17.

Posted: January 29th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

No haggling over reef fine–Abaya

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The penalty for the damage caused to the Tubbataha Reefs by a US Navy minesweeper is non-negotiable, Transportation Secretary Joseph E.A. Abaya said Sunday.

Posted: January 28th, 2013 in Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

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