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US reminded on responsibility for coral reef destruction in Sulu Sea

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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 — Almost a year after an American warship ran aground in the Sulu Sea, destroying a portion of the Tubbataha Reefs, a militant fisherfolk organization pressed the US government to take responsibility beyond the P58 million-fine it was ordered to pay the Philippines for the environmental damage.   The Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang […]

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | 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 »

Removal of US Navy ship gets under way at Tubbataha

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USS Guardian AP FILE PHOTO

Noting the “very good” weather at Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea, the commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Sunday said preliminary work before the actual dismantling of the USS Guardian was under way.

Posted: February 25th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Palace won’t rush into action on US Navy ship grounding in Tubbataha

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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

Malacañang is in no hurry to hold the US Navy accountable for its minesweeper that ran aground in the Tubbataha Reefs, even as a militant group has called for an inspection of the ship.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Americas,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

US Navy raps faulty map for hi-tech ship’s grounding

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REEFS ON THE ROCKS A diver observes a sleeping shark on a ledge at the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. Made up of two atolls, Tubbataha’s vertiginous walls are home to 12 species of sharks. Overfished because of the sharks’ valuable fins, Tubbataha offers one of the last guaranteed shark dives in the world. Although protected year-round by armed rangers who are stationed in two-month shifts, the reefs were defenseless against the rude intrusion of a US minesweeper  three days ago when it  ran aground in the Unesco-named World Heritage Site. YVETTE LEE/CONTRIBUTOR

The United States Navy said a minesweeper that ran aground on a coral reef in the Philippines was using a faulty map that misplaced the location of the marine sanctuary.

Posted: January 20th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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