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What Went Before: USS Guardian running aground Tubbataha Reefs

USS Guardian AP FILE PHOTO

On Jan. 17, 2013, while sailing to Indonesia following a port call on Subic Bay, the minesweeper ship USS Guardian ran aground on the south atoll of the Tubbataha Reefs, a delicate ecosystem in the Sulu Sea treasured for its rich marine biodiversity.

Posted: October 25th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

US agrees to pay P87M for damage to Tubbataha

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This handout photo taken on January 19, 2013 and released on January 20, 2013 by the Philippine Western Command (WESCOM) shows an aerial shot of US Navy minesweeper, the USS Guardian, as it remains trapped on the Tubbataha reef after it ran aground on the western Philippine island of Palawan. AFP FILE PHOTO

Almost two years after the incident, the United States finally agreed to pay P87 million for the damage caused by its Navy ship on the Tubbataha Reefs in Palawan province, Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said on Friday.

Posted: October 25th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

PH urges US to pay for Tubbataha damage

USS Guardian AP FILE PHOTO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday it would continue to pursue its talks with the United States in getting full compensation for the damage that a US Navy ship caused when it ran aground on Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park last year.

Posted: September 18th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

In the Know: Writ of kalikasan–Proudly Filipino

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A writ of kalikasan (nature) is a legal remedy under Philippine law for persons whose constitutional right to “a balanced and healthful ecology” is violated by an unlawful act or omission of a public official, employee, or private individual or entity.

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

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

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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 »

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