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This time, US warship treads PH waters carefully

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On this its first visit to the Philippines, the US warship made sure to navigate the waters very carefully.

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Talks on payment for Tubbataha Reefs damage suspended

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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

Negotiations on the compensation for the damage wrought by a United States Navy ship to the Tubbataha Reefs have been suspended as a case is pending before the Supreme Court (SC), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Monday.

Posted: January 6th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH to pursue damage claims vs US on 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 government remains committed to continue pursuing its claims for compensation on the damages made by a US Navy Ship on the Tubbataha reef in 2013, Malacanang said Saturday.

Posted: January 4th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

US urged to comply with SC order to comment on Tubbataha case

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In this photo taken on March 30, 2013, and released by the Philippine Coast Guard on Monday, April 1, 2013, the stern of the USS Guardian, a U.S. Navy minesweeper, is transferred to another ship after being lifted out of the water at the Tubbataha Reef, a World Heritage site, in the Tubbataha National Marine Park, southwest of the Philippines. Tubbataha park superintendent Angelique Songco said the fine for damaging the protected coral reef would be about 24,000 pesos ($600) per square meter, so the U.S. could be facing a fine of more than $2 million. AP FILE PHOTO

Left leaning fisherfolk group called on the US government to comply with the Philippine Supreme Court’s order to comment on a petition calling for a filing of criminal, administrative and civil cases against those responsible for the grounding of the USS Guardian last January 17 in Tubbataha Reef.

Posted: June 24th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

USS Guardian grounding blamed on officers, gear

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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

Lack of leadership and faulty navigational equipment led to the grounding of the former USS Guardian on the Tubbataha Reef last January, which could have been prevented, according to the official report of the United States Navy.

Posted: June 22nd, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Lack of leadership, poor planning led to Tubbataha grounding

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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

A “lack of leadership” and poor voyage planning led to the grounding of decommissioned USS Guardian on Tubbataha Reef, a Unesco world heritage site, in the Sulu Sea last January, the US Pacific Fleet chief said.

Posted: June 21st, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Coast Guard to keep eye out for Vietnam boat in Tubbataha

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The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Wednesday said it would intensify its monitoring of foreign-flagged vessels in the Tubbataha Reef area following reports a Vietnamese boat was spotted there over the weekend.

Posted: June 12th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH chases suspected Vietnam boat from Tubbataha Reef

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The Philippine Navy deployed a gunboat and a surveillance plane to a World Heritage-listed marine sanctuary after a suspected Vietnamese fishing vessel was seen there, authorities said Monday.

Posted: June 10th, 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 »

PCG report on grounded US ship due

In this Jan. 22, 2013 photo released by the Philippine Coast Guard, coast guard divers approach the USS Guardian, a US Navy minesweeper, to assess the situation after it ran aground last week off Tubbataha Reef. AP FILE PHOTO

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) is expected to release next week its report on the grounding of the US Navy minesweeper, the Guardian, at the Tubbataha Reef last Jan. 17.

Posted: May 25th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

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