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SC urged to act on compensation plea for Tubbataha

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This undated handout photo released on March 30, 2013 by Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) shows the stern of the USS Guardian before being lifted by a boat crane during its salvage operation at Tubbataha reef, in Palawan island, western Philippines.  AFP PHOTO/PCG

Environmentalists, church leaders and militant groups on Thursday reiterated their call for the Supreme Court to act on their petition compelling the United States government to compensate the Philippine government for the damage caused by the grounding of minesweeper USS Guardian on the Tubbataha reef a year ago.

Posted: January 16th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

What Went Before: Damage wrought by USS Guardian

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 and released by the Philippine Coast Guard in Manila, on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, the bow of the USS Guardian, a US Navy minesweeper, is lifted by a crane during a continuing salvage operation off Tubbataha Reef, a World Heritage Site in the Sulu Sea, 640 kilometers (400 miles) southwest of Manila, Philippines. The ship ran aground before dawn on Jan. 17, damaging coral reef. AP/Philippine Coast Guard

On Jan. 17 last year, the Avenger-class minehunter USS Guardian ran aground on the south atoll of the Tubbataha Reefs while sailing to Indonesia following a port call on Subic Bay.

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

US urged to comply with SC order to comment on Tubbataha case

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In this photo taken on March 30, 2013, and released by the Philippine Coast Guard on Monday, April 1, 2013, the stern of the USS Guardian, a U.S. Navy minesweeper, is transferred to another ship after being lifted out of the water at the Tubbataha Reef, a World Heritage site, in the Tubbataha National Marine Park, southwest of the Philippines. Tubbataha park superintendent Angelique Songco said the fine for damaging the protected coral reef would be about 24,000 pesos ($600) per square meter, so the U.S. could be facing a fine of more than $2 million. AP FILE PHOTO

Left leaning fisherfolk group called on the US government to comply with the Philippine Supreme Court’s order to comment on a petition calling for a filing of criminal, administrative and civil cases against those responsible for the grounding of the USS Guardian last January 17 in Tubbataha Reef.

Posted: June 24th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

USS Guardian grounding blamed on officers, gear

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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

Lack of leadership and faulty navigational equipment led to the grounding of the former USS Guardian on the Tubbataha Reef last January, which could have been prevented, according to the official report of the United States Navy.

Posted: June 22nd, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Lack of leadership, poor planning led to Tubbataha grounding

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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

A “lack of leadership” and poor voyage planning led to the grounding of decommissioned USS Guardian on Tubbataha Reef, a Unesco world heritage site, in the Sulu Sea last January, the US Pacific Fleet chief said.

Posted: June 21st, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

SC defers issuance of writ of kalikasan for Tubbataha protection

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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 Supreme Court has deferred the issuance of a writ of kalikasan for the protection of the Tubbataha Reef.

Posted: May 9th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

No ‘writ of kalikasan’ yet—SC spokesman

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Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te said the high court has not issued a “writ of kalikasan” on the matter of the Tubbataha Reef’s destruction from the grounding of the US Navy minesweeper, USS Guardian, last January.

Posted: April 25th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

SC issues writ over Tubbataha

In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 and released by the Philippine Coast Guard in Manila, on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, the bow of the USS Guardian, a US Navy minesweeper, is lifted by a crane during a continuing salvage operation off Tubbataha Reef, a World Heritage Site in the Sulu Sea, 640 kilometers (400 miles) southwest of Manila, Philippines. The ship ran aground before dawn on Jan. 17, damaging coral reef. AP/Philippine Coast Guard

MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court has issued a “writ of kalikasan” over the Tubbataha Reef that directs the Court of Appeals to determine whether the US Navy is criminally and administratively liable for the massive coral destruction in the reef by the grounding of the USS Guardian last Jan. 17.   Unconfirmed reports last night said [...]

Posted: April 24th, 2013 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

SC asked to impose higher fines for Tubbataha reef

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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

Environmentalists and other civil society groups on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to impose a fine 12 times higher than the P58 million the Philippines asked the United States to pay in compensation for the damage caused by a US warship to the Tubbataha reef.

Posted: April 17th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Chinese fishermen were checking on USS Guardian?

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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

The Chinese crew of a fishing boat that ran aground on Tubbataha Reef last week could have been checking to see if the Americans had installed “military equipment” in the protected marine sanctuary where a US Navy minesweeper got stuck on an atoll nearly three months ago, a Philippine military officer said Sunday.

Posted: April 15th, 2013 in Uncategorized | Read More »

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