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SC: No writ of kalikasan but US liable for reefs’ damage


Though it said it had no jurisdiction over the case, the Supreme Court cited an international treaty and took the United States to task for its liabilities for the grounding last year of a US Navy minesweeper on Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, a delicate ecosystem in the Sulu Sea treasured for its rich marine biodiversity.

Posted: September 17th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Tubbataha mystery: Some facts don’t add up

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

Defense officials and investigators looking into the grounding of a Chinese fishing boat on an atoll in Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park may not be dealing with an accident but an intrusion.

Posted: April 13th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Guardian skipper, 3 others relieved for reef grounding


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 »

Legarda wants full investigation on Tubbataha incident


Senator Loren Legarda is seeking a “full investigation” by the Senate on the reported grounding of the USS Guardian in the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP) last week.

Posted: January 23rd, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »