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SC urged to act on compensation plea for Tubbataha

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This undated handout photo released on March 30, 2013 by Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) shows the stern of the USS Guardian before being lifted by a boat crane during its salvage operation at Tubbataha reef, in Palawan island, western Philippines.  AFP PHOTO/PCG

Environmentalists, church leaders and militant groups on Thursday reiterated their call for the Supreme Court to act on their petition compelling the United States government to compensate the Philippine government for the damage caused by the grounding of minesweeper USS Guardian on the Tubbataha reef a year ago.

Posted: January 16th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

What Went Before: Damage wrought by USS Guardian

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

On Jan. 17 last year, the Avenger-class minehunter USS Guardian ran aground on the south atoll of the Tubbataha Reefs while sailing to Indonesia following a port call on Subic Bay.

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

US has not paid Tubbataha fine

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DEAD END.  The bow of the  American warship USS Guardian is lifted above water after it ran aground on an atoll in the Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Sea in January last year, damaging the protected World Heritage Site. PHOTO COURTESY OF PHILIPPINE COAST GUARD

Almost a year after an American warship ran aground on an atoll of the Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Sea, the US government has yet to pay the fine imposed by the Philippines for the damage to the environment.

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

BI: Chinese poachers won’t be deported yet

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This undated handout photo received on April 10, 2013, and released by the Philippine coast Guard (PCG) shows coast guard personnel inspecting the Chinese fishing vessel which ran aground off Tubbataha reef in Palawan island, western Philippines. The 12 Chinese nationals arrested for the alleged poaching in April will not be deported until after their case has been terminated or they have served their sentence, the Bureau of Immigration said Wednesday, June 12, 2013.  AFP FILE PHOTO

The 12 Chinese nationals arrested for alleged poaching at Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in April will not be deported until after their case has been terminated or they have served their sentence, according to the Bureau of Immigration.

Posted: June 14th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Lowly ‘labahita’ may yet help heal Tubbataha atolls

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LIFESAVER  The surgeonfish, a tropical bony fish known locally as “labahita,” may yet help heal the Tubbataha atolls from the damage inflicted by the groundings of a US Navy minesweeper in January and a Chinese fishing boat in April.    GREGG YAN/WWF-PHILIPPINES

They aren’t the most beautiful fish in the sea, but the labahita may just be what the Tubbataha Reefs need to regenerate after being bruised by the intrusions of two foreign vessels earlier this year.

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

Group decries ‘double standard’ in handling of US, Chinese Tubbataha intrusions

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Was there a double standard in the government’s handling of the back-to-back intrusions of a US Navy warship and a Chinese fishing vessel in the Tubbataha National Marine Park?

Posted: April 10th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | 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 »

PH asked to demand payment for Chinese ship in Tubbataha

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Bayan Secretary General Renato Reyes Jr. INQUIRER file photo

The government should not only file a formal protest but also “demand accountability and compensation” from China for the grounding of a Chinese vessel at Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea, the militant umbrella group Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) said Tuesday.

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

Cutting of USS Guardian’s hull underway

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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 dismantling of the USS Guardian continued on Thursday with the cutting and removal of an undisclosed number of “small compartments below the main deck” of the grounded US Navy minesweeper, according to the spokesperson of the Philippine Coast Guard.

Posted: March 21st, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Dismantling of US minesweeper halfway through

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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 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 »

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