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‘US must pay more for reef damage’

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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

It’s all right if the United States has not yet paid the P58.3-million fine slapped on it by the Philippines for messing up the Tubbataha Reefs this time last year, because it has to pay more, a Filipino lawyer said on Saturday.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Philippine coral reefs focus of Month of the Ocean observance

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MANILA, Philippines—In the wake of foreign vessels running aground on the Tubbataha Reefs, the richness of the country’s coral reefs will take center stage during the observance this month of the Month of the Ocean, Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said on Friday. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources is to lead this year’s celebration [...]

Posted: May 3rd, 2013 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PAWB checking if pangolin carcasses seized from Chinese poachers are PH species

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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

Wildlife officials are trying to determine if the hundreds of pangolin carcasses seized from the Chinese fishing vessel that ran aground on Tubbataha Reefs on April 8 are local species.

Posted: April 16th, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines,Photos & Videos | 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 »

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 »

US vows full payment for reef damage

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US Secretary of State John Kerry and Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario pose for a photo prior to talks at the Department of State in Washington on Tuesday. AFP

US Secretary of State John Kerry has restated his government’s regrets over the grounding of a US Navy warship on the protected Tubbataha Reefs and assured the Philippines of full cooperation in the investigation of the incident.

Posted: April 4th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Dismantling of US ship more than 50% complete

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USS Guardian on Tubbataha Reef. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The salvage operations for the grounded USS Guardian at the Tubbataha Reefs is already more than 50 percent finished, according to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

Posted: March 16th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

‘Crising’ stalls Tubbataha salvage

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The USS Guardian, after it ran aground in Tubbataha Reefs is pictured on Jan. 17, 2013, by the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command. The salvage operation for the US Navy minesweeper suffered another setback after tropical depression “Crising” struck parts of Mindanao on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, a Philippine Coast Guard officer said.  AP

The salvage operation for the US Navy minesweeper USS Guardian, which has been stuck in the Tubbataha Reefs off Palawan for over a month, suffered another setback after tropical depression “Crising” struck parts of Mindanao on Tuesday, a Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) officer said.

Posted: February 20th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Bigger crane ship in Tubbataha on Saturday

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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 second, bigger crane ship that would help remove portions of the USS Guardian, which remains stuck in Tubbataha Reefs in Palawan, is expected to arrive at the site on Saturday, according to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).

Posted: February 16th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

‘US minesweeper will be removed by Mar.23’—Philippine Coast Guard

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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 grounded United States minesweeper USS Guardian will be extricated from Tubbataha Reefs by March 23, the Philippine Coast Guard said Tuesday.

Posted: February 12th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

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