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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 »

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