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After the scarring, healing comes to Tubbataha

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PAYBACK TIME  Last year, a 68-meter US Navy warship ploughed into the Tubbataha Reefs South Atoll, home to the last 8,000 or so Philippine Black Noddies, which are critically endangered. After 73 days and $40 million to remove the 1,300-ton minesweeper, the South Atoll was 2,345 square meters poorer. A Chinese poaching vessel was next to intrude into the magnificent world of Tubbataha, obliterating 3,902 sq m of reef. The United States says it is willing to pay for damage but has not done so yet. The Chinese are inscrutable. GREGG YAN/CONTRIBUTOR


PAYBACK TIME  Last year, a 68-meter US Navy warship ploughed into the Tubbataha Reefs South Atoll, home to the last 8,000 or so Philippine Black Noddies, which are critically endangered. After 73 days and $40 million to remove the 1,300-ton minesweeper, the South Atoll was 2,345 square meters poorer. A Chinese poaching vessel was next to intrude into the magnificent world of Tubbataha, obliterating 3,902 sq m of reef. The United States says it is willing to pay for damage but has not done so yet. The Chinese are inscrutable. GREGG YAN/CONTRIBUTOR

I never thought I’d sail to the middle of the Sulu Sea just to fly a kite. Soaring above our boat, it bucked and bobbed and played tag with the wind.

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

Palawan Court to issue verdict on Tubbataha intruders on Aug. 5

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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

The Palawan Court is set to issue its verdict on the 12 Chinese fishermen arrested last year after their vessel ran aground on Tubbataha Reef, a government prosecutor said Wednesday.

Posted: July 30th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

This time, US warship treads PH waters carefully

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USS Pinckney/CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/US Navy Mate 3rd Class Timothy F. So

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 »

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