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No haggling over reef fine–Abaya

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The penalty for the damage caused to the Tubbataha Reefs by a US Navy minesweeper is non-negotiable, Transportation Secretary Joseph E.A. Abaya said Sunday.

Posted: January 28th, 2013 in Features,Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Salvors plan to lift US Navy ship off reefs

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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

An earlier plan to drag the stuck US minesweeper Guardian off the reefs of Tubbataha, where it has been stuck for eight days, was ruled out on Thursday and authorities decided to lift the vessel onto a barge.

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

Marine scientists leave for Tubbataha

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A team of marine scientists and divers from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) left for the Tubbataha Reefs Thursday to assess the damage caused by the grounding of a US warship there a week ago.

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

1,000 sq m of coral reef destroyed by US Navy ship

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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 USS Guardian has damaged “more or less 1,000 square meters” of the Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Sea, the spokesperson of the Philippine Coast Guard told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Posted: January 24th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Aquino: What was ship doing in heritage site?

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President Benigno S. Aquino III.  Malacañang Photo Bureau

President Aquino on Tuesday said the United States has to explain how and why its ship had run aground in a protected area like the Tubbataha Reefs but the “first priority” was to remove the USS Guardian and contain the damage it made in the world heritage site.

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

Philippines fines US Navy for ‘illegal entry’

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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 Philippines has fined the US Navy for “unauthorized entry” after an American minesweeper went aground on Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in the Sulu Sea.

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

US Navy says regrets; PH to ask US to pay for damage

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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

President Aquino has ordered authorities to vet the US Navy’s plan to salvage a minesweeper stuck in the Tubbataha Reefs every step of the way to ensure “minimal damage” to the reefs, officials said Monday.

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

In The Know: Tubbataha Reefs

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The Tubbataha Reefs are atoll coral reefs located 157 kilometers southeast of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan.

Posted: January 18th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

US Navy ship stuck in Tubbataha: Why there?

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A US Navy warship that ran aground on the Tubbataha Reefs Thursday did not coordinate with local authorities about its passage, something that the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said was contrary to the protocol among foreign and local ships crossing the waters near the World Heritage Site in the Sulu Sea.

Posted: January 18th, 2013 in Headlines,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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