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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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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

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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Philippine Coast Guard/AFP FILE PHOTO

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 »

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