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PH urges US to pay for Tubbataha damage

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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 to US payment for damages in Tubbataha Reef accident

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The Supreme Court has rejected a bid by environmental groups to require the USS Guardian to pay for damages when it ran aground and damaged the Tubbataha Reef in Palawan.

In a decision penned by Associate Justice Martin Villarama, the high court said damages should be made in a separate civil suit as provided under the writ of kalikasan.

Posted: September 16th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

After the scarring, healing comes to Tubbataha

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Last year, a 68-meter US Navy warship ploughed into the Tubbataha Reefs South Atoll, home to the last 8,000 or so Philippine Black Noddies, which are critically endangered. After 73 days and $40 million to remove the 1,300-ton minesweeper, the South Atoll was 2,345 square meters poorer. A Chinese poaching vessel was next to intrude into the magnificent world of Tubbataha, obliterating 3,902 sq m of reef. The United States says it is willing to pay for damage but has not done so yet. The Chinese are inscrutable. GREGG YAN/CONTRIBUTOR


PAYBACK TIME  Last year, a 68-meter US Navy warship ploughed into the Tubbataha Reefs South Atoll, home to the last 8,000 or so Philippine Black Noddies, which are critically endangered. After 73 days and $40 million to remove the 1,300-ton minesweeper, the South Atoll was 2,345 square meters poorer. A Chinese poaching vessel was next to intrude into the magnificent world of Tubbataha, obliterating 3,902 sq m of reef. The United States says it is willing to pay for damage but has not done so yet. The Chinese are inscrutable. GREGG YAN/CONTRIBUTOR

I never thought I’d sail to the middle of the Sulu Sea just to fly a kite. Soaring above our boat, it bucked and bobbed and played tag with the wind.

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

SC urged to act on compensation plea for Tubbataha

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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 »

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