72 US sailors leave ship stuck in Tubbataha Reef

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INTRUDER The USS Guardian, a US Navy minesweeper, is still stuck after running aground Tubbataha Reefs, a Unesco World Heritage Site in Sulu Sea, in this Jan. 17 photo released by the Armed Forces of the Philippines Western Command. AP

The US Navy minesweeper that ran aground on a coral reef remained stuck at the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park for the second day on Friday but most of the US sailors had left the ship for safety reasons after initial efforts to free the vessel failed, the US Navy’s 7th Fleet said in a statement on Friday.

It said 72 of the 79 crew of the USS Guardian were transferred to a military support vessel by small boat. A small team, including the commanding and executive officers, would remain on board to try to extricate the ship with as little damage to environment as possible, the statement said.

How the US warship managed to enter the marine sanctuary puzzles the Philippine Navy.

Commodore Joseph Peña of the Naval Forces West said there are designated sea-lanes where ships could sail, which was outside and “far” from the Tubbataha Reef.

“We’re asking the same question, too. How did the US ship get in there?” Peña said.

The US Navy also said that initial efforts to free the Guardian during high tide were not successful. Philippine officials said the weather yesterday was choppy with strong winds and rough seas.

The ship ran aground Thursday while in transit through the marine park, a coral sanctuary in the Sulu Sea, 640 kilometers southwest of Manila. There were no injuries or oil leaks, and Philippine authorities were trying to evaluate damage to the protected coral reef, designated by Unesco as a World Heritage Site in 1992.

The USS Guardian, a 68-meter long minesweeper, reportedly hit the upper side of the South Atoll, one of the two main atolls comprising the Tubbataha Reefs, at dawn of Thursday.

Park rangers ignored

The World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines (WWF) said that according to an initial visual inspection, the 68-meter-long, 1,300-ton Guardian damaged at least 10 meters of the reef. Aerial photographs provided by the Philippine military showed the ship’s bow sitting atop corals in shallow turquoise waters. The stern was floating in the deep blue waters.

The US Navy said the cause of the grounding, which took place around 2 a.m. Thursday, was under investigation.

The US 7th Fleet claimed it had formally notified the Philippine government of the accident but has apparently bypassed the small detachment of park rangers guarding the marine park.

“They (US authorities) have not communicated with us so far,” said Angelique Songco, head of the government’s Protected Area Management Board that supervises the marine park.

 

Tubbataha to file protest

Songco said the marine park’s management would file a formal protest with the US government over the behavior of the Guardian’s commander who prevented park rangers from approaching the vessel.

She said that park rangers were not allowed to board the ship for inspection and were told to contact the US Embassy in Manila. Their radio calls to the ship were ignored, she said.

“The ship’s commander ordered a general alert and deployed personnel into battle position when our rangers tried to approach their ship to assess the situation, forcing them to back off,” she said in a phone interview.

“They were well inside the marine park, stuck in the North Atoll of Tubbataha, and we were being prevented from coming close,” she said.

She said it was unclear how much of the reef was damaged. She said the government imposes a fine of about $300 per square meter (yard) of damaged coral.

In 2005, the environmental group Greenpeace was fined almost $7,000 after its flagship struck a reef in the same area.

Songco said they could not yet estimate the extent of the coral damage done by the US vessel but expressed concern that the area that got hit was abundant with marine life.

“We don’t know yet how much damage has been done. We can only wait till they leave before we take a look at the area,” she said.

Maj. Oliver Banaria, spokesperson for the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said the US Navy did not request assistance from the Philippines.

The Philippine Navy has deployed a ship to the area to “provide assistance” to the stricken vessel but it said it would be mainly the US Navy that would pull the Guardian out of the reef.

“It will need a special ship to pull it out,” said Peña.

A second US vessel, identified by park authorities as the USS Champion, arrived early Friday, apparently to help get the USS Guardian off the reef.

“We don’t want to speculate what it’s going to do there … It was probably commissioned by the US,” Banaria said.

“Our (Navy) would be on standby because these are still our territorial waters and we would be providing information to our higher headquarters. We would be there for monitoring and to provide any help or assistance if they (US) ask for it,” he said.

US Navy ships have stepped up visits to Philippine ports for refueling, rest and recreation, plus joint military exercises as a result of a redeployment of US forces in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Philippines, a US defense treaty ally, has been entangled in a territorial dispute with China in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Raul Hernandez, spokesperson of the Department of Foreign Affairs, said in a statement: “Relevant agencies of the Philippine government will conduct their own investigation, assess the impact of the incident on the reef, and recommend any and all actions that must be taken.”

He said Gen. Edilberto Adan, executive director of the commission on the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) was “in touch with the Tubbataha Management Office as well as the US Embassy.”

“We do not want to rely on the information [of the US Embassy) alone, we would need to conduct our own research and our investigation to find out what really happened. [Philippine officials] will determine the legal violation connected with the incident,” he said.

 

Palace weighs words

Malacañang on Friday confirmed that the US minesweeper had come from Subic Bay for a “regular port call,” but declined to be drawn into a discussion this early on the subject of seeking damages from Washington.

“We don’t want to make any speculations yet at this point. We want to proceed where everything has been thoroughly established before we make any further comment on this matter,” said deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte.

Valte stressed that the government was concerned about the possible damage to the reef by the US ship.

“But for now our concern is to make sure that there is very minimal damage. The Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of National Defense and other agencies are coordinating with the US embassy here in Manila just to make sure that it (ship) is extracted the soonest possible time … to avoid further injury to one of our national treasures,” she said.

She also tried to discourage the media from treating the incident as an offshoot of the increased US presence in the country following the new US “pivot policy” to the Asian region.

“Perhaps at this point (it is) not healthy to speculate,” she said.

“The ship was en route from Subic for a regular port call. We imagine that the other agencies will be launching their own investigation on how and why the ship ended up running aground,” she said.

Peña said the Navy had patrolled the area of the Tubbataha Reef last week to make sure that no ship would be crossing the waters of the marine sanctuary.

But just as the Philippine ship returned to shore to replenish its supplies, the USS Guardian had struck the coral reef.

Explanation demanded

Sen. Francis Pangilinan, a member of President Aquino’s Liberal Party, called on the DFA to demand a satisfactory explanation from the US government over the reported incursions into Philippine territory of US military forces over the past couple of weeks.

“First, it was a US drone. Now, it’s a minesweeper,” Pangilinan said in a statement.

“Friends and allies must exercise good faith by coming clean,” he added.

Pangilinan finds the US government “sketchy in providing answers in both incidents.”

Sen. Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on foreign relations, expressed “extreme concern” over the damage to the Tubbataha Reef.

She said those who caused the incident should be made accountable. With reports from Nikko Dizon, Michael Lim Ubac, Norman Bordadora and AP

 

 First posted 12:03 am | Saturday, January 19th, 2013

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  • igo_rot

    Malamang palabas lang toh, balak talagang ibigay ng US etong ship na eto sa pinas. Thank you US! :-)

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6EADOP2OSGDCE6G6CE6IQLU7XM Julius

      ah, yes.  sell a damaged and sinking ship to the philippines for a “token” 400 million pesos of our hardearned taxes.  it can’t navigate and it can’t free itself once stranded.  great.  i should be jumping for joy.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/M6UTBDWQ27CPS23YCNZ5PXZ2NU R G

         Doldos, doon ka kaya humingi sa suke’ mo na chekwa?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QHGUJ3OJZAOIMBYYWTABNV2EEM Ai

    Super mega high tech minesweeper with one of the most advanced navigational system failed to detect a coral reef. :) LOL.

    • INQ_reader

      …and to think that they’re volunteering to protect the Philippines…we are in big big trouble.

      • Tooco

         If so many people hate the US, then perhaps the US should just pull out of the Philippines completely and then you can simply let China take over. I am sure that you would really like that.

      • kalikasanipagtanggol

         Bakit bumalik ba sila akala ko umalis na?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QHGUJ3OJZAOIMBYYWTABNV2EEM Ai

        I didn’t say I hate them…I just wonderin how a billion dollar equipment and highly educated people failed to see what’s in their path.

      • leubas

        OO NGA ANG HIHINA TLAGA NG KOKOTE NG IBA NATING KABABAYAN, IYAK NG IYAK NOONG GINAGAGO TYO NG CHINA, HUMINGI PA NG TULONG SA US, NGAYON NASA TERITORYO NATIN ANG US NA SA KASAMAANG PALAD AY NAAKSIDENTE NAGREREKLAMO NAMAN ANG IBA SA ATIN DYAN. ISIPIN NA LANG NINYO PAPAANO TUTULONG ANG US SA ATIN KUNG HINDI NATIN PAPASUKIN SA ATING TERITORYO, PAPAANO MATATAKOT ANG MGA CHINO KUNG HINDI MAGPAPAKITA ANG US NG PWERSA SA ATING TERITORYO….SIGE NGA!  MINSAN PAGANAHIN NAMAN ANG MGA KUKOTE NATIN, HINDI PURO REKLAMO AT SABAY SA KUNG ANO USO.

  • Guest

    at the us embassy briefing relayed to the white house, obama is asking harry thomas, can we play god there? how much is each philippine senator? thomas replied, mr. president, enrile’s christmas cash gift is about US$50K. barack: do we have enough funds there? thomas: we can give them US$100K each… i think this will stop the senate investigation mr. president. obama: good job! harry. by the way, just give them the sweeper, they need that badly and we need to continue pivoting in asia… and filipinos will gladly receive that second-hand junk. p.s. how’s the weather and women there harry? (from unverified wikileaks) LOL

    • kalikasanipagtanggol

       This minesweeper might be due for retirement at ito ang pinaka madali paraan to get rid of it and at the same time kumita…..ibibigay sa pilipinas tapos papipirmahin sa kontrata na sila ang magtatanggal sa pagkakabalahaw at pati parts and labor ng maintenance ng ship……parang tora-tora lang yan hindi pa nakakalipad sira na uli!

  • TEAM PNOY

    As Filipinos with our world branded hospitality, maybe this is the best approach to this incident.

    Of course, the leftists and spies are going to disagree with me. Let us not be barbarians.

    Philippines and USA are allies, the first concern if a friend’s boat hit your reef is to ask the USA if all the crew are okay and safe and ask the USA if they need any assistance from the Philippines. even if we know that we have very limited assistance that we can give to the crew of the USS Guardian.

    Second, ask the USA the extent of the damage to the USS Guardian and offer our help to an ally, even if we have very limited naval capability.

    Third, ask the USA how this accident could have happened. Is it mechanical failure of the navigational equipment, weather, or negligence of the crew, or due to other factors.

    Lastly, talk to the USA about the extent of the damage to the reef – a UNESCO world heritage site, and ask how both countries can put the reef back as close as possible to its original state.

    With our sincere show of GOOD FAITH to our guess, the USA is now obliged to be responsible enough for the incident.

    Oh, BTW, the damage was so extensive, USA need to pay just compensation. Just compensation means 5 Squadron of the latest stealth planes, 5 naval groups, 5 Intercontinental ballistic missiles.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6EADOP2OSGDCE6G6CE6IQLU7XM Julius

      oh yes.  while you’re at it, why don’t you offer them your daughter?  my golly, you’re such a sycophant.

      • TEAM PNOY

        Godbless you Julius. May you have peace of mind.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/6EADOP2OSGDCE6G6CE6IQLU7XM Julius

        why, thank you, little girl.  i pray that you see the light. but i doubt very much you would.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/M6UTBDWQ27CPS23YCNZ5PXZ2NU R G

         Hoy Doldos tama’ na yan..Tapos na maligayang araw nyo..Di nyo na maluluko ang madlang Pinoy na makachekwa’ kau. Comprende?

      • w33k3nd3r

        hahahahahahaha

    • kalikasanipagtanggol

       The first thing you ask is:

       WHY ARE YOU IN THE PROTECTED AREA? DID YOU COORDINATE THIS WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES?

  • JK1000

    I suspect that they were amazed by the beauty of the area and went fishing or swimming,I don’t think the U.S. Navy has the intention to abused our hospitality. It just embarassing for them that they were caught without permission in an area were no vessels are allowed to manuever. The Philippine Navy and Coast Guard must monitor every vessels that comes in and out.

    • INQ_reader

      By just entering a protected area, they already abused the Philippines. Unless, they don’t have a clue about their location.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6EADOP2OSGDCE6G6CE6IQLU7XM Julius

      are you out of your mind?

    • 1Fz20

      they were in contact w/pcg all the time, even pcg begged them not to push through that area. it must be something else or really estufid tornillo up.ship is now sinking…

  • INQ_reader

    Stupid americans. That sums up what happened.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/M6UTBDWQ27CPS23YCNZ5PXZ2NU R G

       Stupid Inq_reader..Commie drone..

      • INQ_reader

        That’s for reminding me of another american stupidity, the UAV drone that was found far from what americans term as terrorist area.

    • manuelcdiaz

      Stupid Americans and Moronic and idiotic  Filipinos for kicking the Americans out of Clark and Subic and now asking for Amrican help to neutralize Chinese aggression in South China Sea.

      • pangitbudhiko

        shoot the 12 senators who voted to kick the american bases in the Philippines  during cory’s time

      • INQ_reader

        Stupid americans for ageeing to what you term as stupid and idiotic request.

  • i_am_filipino

    As of of the picture, one could not neglect the effect of current. I do hope that we could create a law similar to USCG OIL POLLUTION ACT 90. Every candidate for cleaning the spill, from companies to individual will be compensated and violations will be fined. I do hope no oil spill will occur. Meanwhile,CHINA WILL CONDUCT A SURVEY IN THE EEZ OF WEST PHILIPPINE SEA BECAUSE THEY SAID IT IS THEIR TERRITORY. WAR IF THEY INSIST.

  • INQ_reader

    So far, no word from the feisty and arrogant american embassy. It’s difficult to defend stupidity.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6EADOP2OSGDCE6G6CE6IQLU7XM Julius

    china intruding into our territory.  we beg the americans to help, and now they’re doing things and going around without telling us anything, and we can’t even ask them what they were doing in our own home?  this is the result of our country’s failure to protect our own, and the filipino’s propensity to take the easy way out by begging others to do the work we should be doing ourselves!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FFSZ7TIZZG47FYQFAZFIGYXKPM Pers

    sen pang. lama na yan walang bumili mga commies lang gustu niyan

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6EADOP2OSGDCE6G6CE6IQLU7XM Julius

    everybody should google this.  “Palomares, Spain.  January 17, 1966″.  scary coincidence.

  • Commentator

    Maybe the captain of the ship is new to the job since the Americans are trying to save money. I think the US government should give the ship to the Philippines as compensation for the damage.

  • yyzxyz

    blah, blah, blah; knee-jerk reactions here we come.

    “The ship’s commander ordered a general alert and deployed personnel into battle position when our rangers tried to approach their ship to assess the situation, forcing them to back off,” she said in a phone interview.

    Would a PN ship commander allow anybody to just board his ship?

    • obionekenobi

      I hope  it would be the same if it were our ship in their waters. It would have been a different story. 

  • Guest

    They should not have allowed the 72 US sailors to set foot on our shores. Wherever they go, they cause trouble. Especially when they’re drunk. That American who was killed in Bel-Air attacked 4 Filipinos thinking Americans can kill innocent civilians for fun like he did in Afghanistan and Iraq. Soon, we’ll be hearing incidents of physical or sexual assault, if not murder by these 72 US sailors.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

      you have a point. and a good one at that. 

    • manuelcdiaz

      Why don’t you hide your anti Americaism inside your rectum.

      • batangpaslit

        maka Kano ka, kaya anti Filipino ikaw

      • tomcatters

        illogical

      • Guest

        Ooops. Too late, it just hit you in the face straight from my rectum.

    • tomcatters

      I dont understand even a pea of your comment

      • Guest

        That’s because you have a pea for a brain.

      • tomcatters

        itagalog mu nalang nabubulol ka e o tlgang maliit lng kaya iprocess ng pea brain mu? :D

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Let’s say it is an accident… wey da minit… accident?  As far as I know they are experts in sweeping mines, and that is good! Who knows some other countries already scattered mine sweepers through out the West PH Sea? But not knowing where the coral reefs are is not a state-of-the-art mine sweeper. Something has gone wrong here. Even our elementary graduate fisshermen can detect how to avoid coral reefs how much more… blah blah blah. You know what I  mean.

    • manuelcdiaz

      It is a Mine sweeper not a reef sweeper.

      • Janch

        Not very good sailors apparently.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AIPSCQM2TZQUMQ5GEIMWMWDFL4 Edward Solilap

    Philippine Navy has no Security Plan

    • MrJoseRizal

      Philippine has no Plan

  • katindig

    I can’t understand how a Modern Ship with all the latest gadget can ran aground the reef…Maybe the officers manning the ship were sleeping?

  • MrJoseRizal

    This is what iOS6 Apple Maps can do to you

  • $20722540

    pangilinan, pumapil ka naman hayaan mo ang dfa diyan sa issue na yan huwag ka ng makisawsaw

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CAWLT6SE3IC36RTDVRUIDWO364 Dag Erickson

    JK1000 said the US Navy has no intention of abusing our hospitality. Here, THEY WILL VIOLATE US ANYTIME THEY WANT,  ANY PART OF THE COUNTRY THEY WISH.  THEY ALREADY  IGNORED THE PARK RANGERS. This is as if we don’t exist !!!!!!!!!!!
        Some Filipinos are too slow to anallyze this situation.

    • LAMBFORGOVERNOR

      What a yahoo.  Americans come here to protect the Philippines against China and first mishap you turn on them.  You probably hate your father and mother too.

  • farmerpo

    And this is a military vessel of the U.S. of A…..nakkikiraan lang po. Natisod, di alam ang daan. Di umaandar sonar, GPS ,radar, lookout, at nagkakape ang navigator. Sensiya na no di an uulitin. TSK TSK TSK…  Kakalat kalat kasi ang mga coral dito sa Pinas, yan tuloy, natisod ang pinaka sa buong mundo.

    Yan ang excuse, take it or leave it. Chow…

    • tomcatters

      your not there to confirm what really happened…

  • w33k3nd3r

    This smells like a lame excuse to cut their work hours short and go diving.

    • Mamang Pulis

      right–with their ship ran aground—it’s party time for the sailors at Cebu!

  • Mamang Pulis

    Party time for the sailors hahahaha…

    either Cebu or Puerto Princesa!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_44QGTQXFYHNVPNMX453LWBPMXM Opel

    maybe they where wrongly informed that a red light district was near the area.

    • el_latigo

      They are on the lookout for fresh flesh maybe?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

    Two defense officials have confirmed that the crew aboard the destroyer John S. McCain was tracking the submarine that struck its towed sonar array June 10 in the South China Sea off the Philippines.

    The officials, who are familiar with the incident but were not authorized to speak on the subject, confirmed the array, which trailed up to a mile behind the ship, was hit by a Chinese navy submarine, although it was not sighted on the surface. Days after the incident, Chinese officials acknowledged that the submarine was theirs.

    The McCain crew was able to retrieve the sonar array, which was damaged, although it’s not clear whether it was retrieved intact, the defense officials said. A mishap investigation is ongoing.

    The destroyer, based in Yokosuka, Japan, pulled into port in Sasebo after the incident but soon went back to sea.

    The officials would not specify whether the submarine was an attack boat or a ballistic-missile sub, and they were unsure of the time of the incident, which occurred in “international waters” south of Subic Bay.

    The Associated Press reported that the collision took place 144 miles from Subic Bay, potentially placing it in the Mindoro Strait.

    The collision has been described as “inadvertent” by defense officials.

    Beyond that, little has been revealed about the circumstances.

    The Navy by practice does not discuss operations that could reveal force capabilities, but observers have been looking for answers in this case because of the proximity of the submarine to a U.S. warship. Towed sonar arrays are dragged on a cable about a mile long, with the sensors placed toward the end of the line to avoid absorbing sound from the host ship.

    • INQ_reader

      Irrelevant…

    • Garo Ungaro

      The Philippine Coast Guard/NavyUS Navy is aware of the Chinese submarines/navy activities in The west philippine /SCS9 dash area..The worst part is, If the CCP decided enough is enough and start a war with the Philippines because of the SCS 9 dash area
      thats the worst scenario for the Philippines…The PLAN (peoples liberation army navy) is not uneasy invaders to dealt with…sure enough they will inflict more damage than the Japanese Imperialism during the WW2..Now, we were be dealing with the China Imperialism establishing a puppet government and pursue the rape of the natural resources of the island and kill as many as they could to establish FEAR…Hope, Pinoys will think and will be more aware ad try to deal with is SCS 9 dash area issue. and settle this in a.diplomatic level…Militarilly China has all the edge…600 nuke…1 M regulars 75 navy assorted navy ships. a carrier that is not yet tested? The only nation can match China is Japan…withe help of the US Navy…Hope…we will not see that scenario in the West Philippine sea/SCS9dash area…Its a very grim scenario…Remember; if they did to their own people, before and even now…How much more for PINOYS..

    • pinoypower

      There are probably more naval actions beneath and over the South China Sea that the we don’t know. The grounding of the minesweeper is very unusual considering the capabilities of the minesweeper. If not due to bad weather or equipment failure, maybe the ship was being chased by a Chinese submarine and purposely went inside Philippine territorial waters so that they can trap the Chinese submarine. Remember a similar grounding incident of a Chinese warship near Palawan where the Philippine navy was not able to do anything except to watch.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LJNDGFTXSUWM64XA54BUACXZOY Lady

    Yes, “extreme concern” po talaga ito!

    • miiimiiiiiing

      …..extreeeeemmeeee!!!! concern talaga…..yun lang….parang dinededma naman tayo ng mga kano……… 

  • el_latigo

    The US has always been arrogant especially against small poor 3rd world countries like ours. They act as if they owe the whole world and will go wherever they please. Watch how  the Phil. gov’t will react to this fiasco that could pose a humongous environmental disaster in the highly protected Tubbataha Reef. In all probability almost apologetically & sheepishly as can already be gleaned by the almost absence of  reaction from  local authorities.

    • suroy_suroy

      I agree fully. But there is more to it. Why the PH has not in all that years passed used their military budget to built up a reliable navy for themselves but instead lined the pockets of some big wigs. So, who is to blame for it? ;)

  • DennisTan

    Whatever this is…..this should be investigated properly..pansin ko parang sumosobra na ata sila ah. Una yung vessels next heto naman. Aba aba,Di na ata tama yan.

  • miiimiiiiiing

    …..Hay, here they are again….nakakalurkey na mga yan! …Warship na talaga ngayon? pano nangyari yun??….miiiiiimmmmiinnnggg!!!

  • batangpaslit

    hindi nga nila alam how to navigate the Philippine Seas tapos sila pa hingan ng tulong laban sa external enemies ng Pilipinas

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZH7MMT3OL2XG5SCT7FC4BTSLGE Katrine

    These guys aren’t dependable. Palpak nga sila e. How can they help us???

    • bogli_anakdami

      kitams… “How can they help us???” daw…

      hay naku, mga kabayang flips, bakit tayo eh puro asa kay kanuto?… di ba ang ating lahing flips eh da best sea faring pipol in da hole wayd world, di ba?

  • LabkoPinas

    The media and the leftists are making sure this incident which I am sure has put our ally and friend in an uncomfortable position look like they who welcome to our country are like the chinese interlopers who destroy our corals, steal our fish and stay in our territory for long periods of time. If I where the Philippines government I would just ask the US if there is anything we can do to help extricate the ship. The sarcasm of Senator Pangilinan is misplaced and should have been directed to China, a regular bully, interloper and usurper of our territories. Not to our ally, the US.

    • obionekenobi

      We very much like our friends support and we are grateful but we only ask them to respect our laws as much as we respect them as our allies. I can compare this to my best friend who  does every thing at his will in my home. I would also be irritated.

      • bogli_anakdami

        ay sus ginoo… the chinese already annexed half of our fliplandia territory… besides ngumalngal doon sa UN, did our gung gong gub’ment do anything about it? aber?

        takbo pa ang nga ating mga almirante de gung gongs to ‘merka for assistance…

      • LabkoPinas

        Your analogy is farfetched. The  blunder was a navigational mishap and whoever was in charge should be asked to explain by the US navy who will then forward their findings to their foreign affairs who will send it with their intended action to our foreign affairs who will then ask the Philippine President how to respond. Don’t create an enemy of a friend and ally who is helping you against the big bully China. In other  words, “don’t make a mountain out of a molehill”.

    • efriend

      There is no media coverage from large US news organizations because everybody is busy with Lance Armstrong and Te’o the catfish.

  • regd

    Captained by Francesco Schettino I suppose? Hehehehe.

  • bogli_anakdami

    sinadya yan ng mga isneybi… kc, gustong tumagal ang kanilang R&R jan sa olongapo/subic… ‘sang tambaks ang mga putatsing doon at sobra pa ng mura…

    • INQ_reader

      Any layo naman ng Gapo sa Tubbataha

      • bogli_anakdami

        pwede na rin sa cebu o davao… sang tambaks din ang mga putatsing jan…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5OC4T6FDZYN5RCVEAFH2YBMNSM Don

        kwanggol…

      • bogli_anakdami

        mas mura yan kaysa sa mail-order/fedex bride… libre na ang stamp…

  • pangitbudhiko

    talaga din naman itong mga hinayupak na mga opisyal ng pilipino government. Pag pumasok ang mga intsik wala silang palag, pag ang kano ang pumasok wow, kanya kanyang pogi points, mga putangina ninyo. ang yayabang ninyo

    • INQ_reader

      They sent a warship in Bajo de Masinloc.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4EKSPU6WJ2RCLRXCYUU5YEGHFY Nani

    Kung hindi sana US puppet si P-Noy, wala ng makapasok na foreign warships lalo na ang US sa Pinas. Ngayon kahit dadaong pa yan sa harap ng Malakanyang via the Pasig river, indi magrereklamo si P-Noy, peksman!

    • bogli_anakdami

      ang mga tsekwas eh inakupa na ang spratleys, luhod ang mga kabayang flips kay kanuto para tumulong… tapos, heto pa ang isang reklamador… kala mo may magagawa…

  • bogli_anakdami

    noong bumagsak ang eplen ni pareng robredo, ang mga kabayang flips eh di malaman kung papano kukuhanin ang bangkay nya bago maging tsibog ng mga isda…

    kung sino-sino ang tsinupa ni prez akin’o para lang tumulong…

    hay naku… mag kabayang flips, magpasalamat tayo at si kanuto eh merong pang tiyagang mag-araro dito sa atin, di ba?

  • Immortal

    The US Navy is trying to check and dive if Tubbataha Reef is really a haven. However, they got aground and stuck before they could prepare for their dive. 

  • obionekenobi

    Its official: The ship captain said, Let go swimming…  every crew on board jumps into the water. then he observed the ship washed ashore.. He ask who’s manning the bridge?

    • bogli_anakdami

      tigang na tigang (dry na dry sa inles) naman ‘yan toto…

    • Cavitekid

       And where did this official staement come from?

  • Cavitekid

    Another reason to complain about the USA, a unfortunate incident in which I am sure the government of the Philippines will be compensated for.  I am sure that this is on the minds of every Filipino and has a direct impact on their lack of income and well being.

    • bogli_anakdami

      padalhan lang ng ‘sang tambaks ang balikbayan boxes of istetsayd na corned beef at spam + ukay-ukay yan… tapos ang kaso, di ba?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/6N45VTMWG44CSNC2G5WS33ZAHI MS. F3

        korek!

  • jam88

    minesweeper have turned into a reef sweeper !!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    Once again, it takes incidents like this one to confirm that US forces are back again in Phl.  Their bases are disguised as US soldiers’ housing units.  Their participation in the combat against the Muslim rebels is disguised as providing advice and training to Filipino troops.  What’s the difference between China and US then.  China has not totally entered the Phl while US troops are here for a long time now.

    • Ironside

      A minesweeeper would be of absolutely no value fighting Muslim rebels. The ship was obviously enroute between Port Calls. The US should absolutely be held responsible for this accident and further explanation of why it strayed off approved shipping lanes is in order. It is no secret that US advisors are assisting the AFP under the existing VFA but your statement about US bases (?) is ridiculous.

    • riza888

      Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t….

  • Vertumnus

    Another example of Philippine governments ineptitude.  It’s an accidental grounding not deliberate destruction of a protected reef.

    The way these official reacted, you would think the US Navy ship destroy 95 square kilometer of the reef.  That by the way is the size of Tubbataha reef.  Another useless officials looking for easy money to stuff in their pockets!

  • Fulpol

    the ship took shortcut…

  • Fulpol

    too many US ships roaming around PH territories? was that sanctioned by PH gov’t?
    should Pilipinos know the reason of such US ships presence in PH territories?

    • Albert Einstien

      …it is because GOD is in the philppines….Gold, gas, Oil & Deuterium…lol

    • bogli_anakdami

      no “reasons” needed… our putatsings are busy, having a good time looking for a husband, a meal ticket to ‘merka…

      that’s good ’nuff reason…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/D4LZOLAZOYHKHXMQYQEHAFAMLA ADRIAN

    so we thought that usa can protect us from the chinese vessels huh?  i think we should modernize our navy, protect ourselves and become an independent nation! 

  • bogli_anakdami

    the flipland gub’ment needs to hold the minesweeper for ransom, di ba?

    total mahusay tayo sa kidnap for ransom… pareho din ang tawas…

  • Garote

    The VFA agreement must now be scrapped. There is no US armed forces or navy anymore, as admitted by Obama. Obama, through its executive directive, has turned over the US armed forces and navy to UN, a private international group managed by mega bankers, under the command of NATO. The VFA is an agreement between the US sovereign state and Phl sovereign state. As of today, the US armed forces or navy is no longer existing. It’s the NATO forces now who manned the damaged warship. They are intruders and should be asked to leave our country and Phl territory.

    • pinoypower

      It’s OK to comment but yours seem to be lies and misinformations. Do you have proof or links about what you said?

      • Garote

        Go search in the internet, that’s what google is for lazy @ssholes.

      • pinoypower

        I did search the Internet because this is the first time I heard such an absurd idea or comment that the US Armed Forces is now under UN and that the ship that was grounded in Tubbataha is manned by NATO. Just as I thought, you have comprehension problems. First, placing the US Armed Forces under UN was just an idea of Obama but Congress did not approve it. In fact, they would have impeached him if he had gone ahead with it. Second, Asia is far from the sphere of NATO and therefore the ship that round aground couldn’t have been manned by NATO forces. Be careful with your comments next time because not all readers will quietly accept lies and misinformations peddled by the likes of you.

      • Garote

        My God you’ve researched, and still you got it wrong. Watch my lips: IT’S NOT AN IDEA, OBAMA HAS TRANSFERRED THE US ARMED FORCES TO UN; OBAMA HAS BEEN BYPASSING CONGRESS AND ISSUING EXECUTIVE ORDERS INSTEAD; OBAMA IS GOING TO FACE IMPEACHMENT FOR BYPASSING CONGRESS. Please stop commenting, you are too dumb to get simple facts straight.

    • ALDEA

      I agree that we can freely share our views, opinions and comments… but the kind of information you’re sharing is not only a trash, but a toxic stinking information,,, can you please contribute some informative and educational info rather than this…

      • Garote

        You are the trash. You pretend to know something when you don’t know anything. Obviously, you are ignorant of what is really happening in other countries. What you know is what the dinosaur media is feeding you, lots of “crap” and “garbage.” If what I have written is trash, then it’s Obama you should address the word “trash” to because these are the things he actually did. Next time, know the subject you are going to comment on before opening your mouth, you sound like an uninformed idi@t to those who keep abreast with the current events.

  • Fulpol

    what happened in Subic incident, the dumping of “toxic” wastes?

    nothing???

    expect Tubattaha reef incident receive no damage pay from US too… WTF!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QFRDX6GBOHOQII2UXLXWOGMJXA JOE MULDOG

      Cuz there was no waste dumped

  • Fulpol

    US should pay the damaged inflicted by their ship..

    but why should the “master” pay for its “extended” territory??

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EA7TIY7PYXEU5UOXG2K5CY5F64 Eric

    May sasakyang biglang bumangga at winasak ang bakuran mo…..paglapit mo…bumaba ang driver at sinigawan ka ” wag kang makialam! “. Sarap ng feeling?

    Take comfort in knowing that the career of this ship captain may be over. Minesweeper na nga Lang ang assignment Nya…at reef nga di makita …..mga Mina pa kaya.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/T775PWN2GRGPMIKFGNEPAQB2NE new_filipino

    1. I have operated in Philippine territorial seas to include this area from 2009 to 2012 and it’s always fearful to navigate here because most of the areas are considered to be unchartered and shallow for sea going vessels. 

    2. There is an international law called freedom of the seas, allowing sea going vessels to pass through territorial seas without getting permission from a signatory (country) and Philippines is a signatory to this law. 

    3. It isn’t just  the US  vessels which navigate into our territorial seas- some new chinese spy vessels are around west of Palawan and Zambales ALL THE TIME. 

    4. US ships are probably the most environmentally conscious vessels in today’s military. 

    5. With confidence, the US will pay and will pay more for the damage that it may have caused. 

    • PHtaxpayer

      Why are you defending criminals who destroyed a protected site of your own country? Are you some kind of neo-colonial slave? 

      International Law does not include destroying the environment or breaking local laws.

      “US ships most environmentally conscious”?? – there was a earlier report that US Navy contractor dumped untreated sewage in Subic Bay. US Navy ships contain a lot of toxic chemicals more than cargo or commercial shipping and are unregulated because the PH Coast Guard cannot inspect them – fact.

      US minesweeper can detect small mines but can’t navigate through coral reefs?  Even local yachts and ships can detect coral reefs with sonar and navigate everyday through these same waters without destroying the environment. 

      Those US Navy pukes were just there to do some sightseeing through pristine diving sites and acted irresponsibly because they do not respect our laws and customs. Being our former colonial masters, they need to be restrained and taught a lesson they cannot disrespect us and get away with it. 

      Bottom line: the PH govt should junk the VFA and restrict the areas where US military forces can operate.  If the US Navy cannot even guard our territory against China, then they are practically useless and just exploiting our kindness and opening our govt to corruption.

      • Tooco

         Beggars should not be choosey. Your country is just a land of beggars, thieves and resent-laden individuals already and have been for a very long time. Corruption? That is what your country is and always has been. You are one phocking bobo. So tanga!

      • PHtaxpayer

        Oh, it is obvious you are the poor beggar who abandoned his own motherland and now has no identity.  You sound like an American but still look like and sound like a Filipino.  Well, there are many sad people like you.  Fortunately, the Philippines is a young vibrant nation with many of us proud of our own country and willing to fight for our independence, not just bow down our heads to our former colonial masters.  May God have mercy on your soul!

        Americans are epitomized by Lance Armstrong, Bernie Madoff and Floyd Mayweather – you worship the almighty dollar and want to infect the whole world with its corrupt and inhuman practices, using mass media to spread your propaganda and political rhetoric but with the advnet of the internet, the Truth is easy to see what you really are!

      • Tooco

         For your information, I definitely am not a Filipino. And another thing, I am for sure not an American. Don’t let the avatar fool you. The truth is, you can’t handle the truth even if it looks you in the eyes. Leave god out of this…he has nothing to do with it all.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QFRDX6GBOHOQII2UXLXWOGMJXA JOE MULDOG

      Thanks now there’s some one who knows what he’s talking about.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

      How can they replace the damaged corals that took a hundred years to grow just an inch?

      • http://www.facebook.com/pgnelineman Daniel Nielsen

        here where i live every day fisherman are blowing up the reefs. ive sat and watched them theres a big boom then a dozen boats grab the fish and run the big reef near is 90 percent destroyed according to the papers replace how many years to replace them

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZO5O2CHF4AUETRUIANXOMC7XVE reyginaldo

    I think US is trying to give us some help on developing our own weapons. First is the target drone which is powered by a turbojet engine. Just put warhead on it and you’ve got a cruise missile. Now this ship, It’s impossible to run aground that easily since it has instruments to determine the depth of the water. US is giving us these weapons to study and manufacture our own.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C5RLWOY26ACBYCLHUEEJQ2ADVQ K Fun

    This is typical of the US putting its nose where it doesn’t belong.  How did a drone end up in Philippine waters?  These are activities the US is doing and not telling anybody that they are just simply ‘passing through’ through International waters. hah!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/pgnelineman Daniel Nielsen

      you know what the american taxpayers would love to do quit giving foreign aid to countries who waste it and the people who insult them

  • Manuel Pacquiao

    The United States of America is exempt from all laws of the world. They do not obey the laws of other nations, even of going to the extent of not paying its dues to the United Nations.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/QFRDX6GBOHOQII2UXLXWOGMJXA JOE MULDOG

      You have no idea what your talking about do ya !!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C5RLWOY26ACBYCLHUEEJQ2ADVQ K Fun

      It doesn’t have money to pay anything these days.  That’s how red in debt the US is these days.  James Mulroy—read more about the economic conditions the US is in right now.

  • Manuel Pacquiao

    Can the Philippine Government do anything if the United States of America break the laws of the Republic of the Philippines? The United States of America is the master and the Philippines is the slave.

    • Pluma Mana

       huwag ka mag-alala babayaran yan ng US ng isang uugud-ugod na WW2 era na warship.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

      ..and the US pulled out its military bases… o wait, or were they kicked out? hehehehe

      • http://www.facebook.com/pgnelineman Daniel Nielsen

        hehehe yourself

  • manong_edwin

    Who needs the Chinese, when we have our American “friends and allies” destroying our natural resources and threatening our security and safety, as well as, sovereignty.  First they ditched that drone-thing at Ticao Pass, then we have this minesweeper “sweeping” our coral reefs, and the ship’s captain refusal to let our authorities board the ship in our territory.  So what’s next?  Isn’t it right time now to stop that military exercises before more fatal damages happen to our natural resources and innocent lives?

  • http://twitter.com/Joe_The_Kano Joe Kano

    I’m so glad everyone is focused on addressing the immediate problem, learning the facts about how it occurred and protecting the environment, rather than engaging in petty, petulant sniping, opportunistic posturing and wacky propaganda.

  • Pluma Mana

    “How the US warship managed to enter the marine sanctuary puzzles the Philippine Navy. 

    baka stealth ship yan… perhaps they were poaching kaya nandoon sila….hehehehe.

  • LAMBFORGOVERNOR

    Even I can see there’s a reef.  Why was it there?  It is a mine sweeper.  What do you think it was doing?  Reef sweeping?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6N45VTMWG44CSNC2G5WS33ZAHI MS. F3

      More like they wanted to do R&R. Why would a minesweeper be in the Philippines in the 1st place? They don;t have mission there.

      • Chihuahua

         As I understand the ship just left their olongapo r&r.  For those into conspiracy theory, how about it was a deliberate and a cover up to extend their olongapo r&r? 

      • LAMBFORGOVERNOR

        apparently you dont understand whats going on in these waters… FYI  China

  • pinoypower

    Huwag na sanang masyadong mareklamo ang mga Leftists. Ang US ay friend natin. Noon nga na may Chinese warship na sumadsad sa may Palawan last year ay wala kayong sinabi ngayon ay maingay kayo. Masyadong nahahalata na tuta kayo ng mga Intsik.

  • LAMBFORGOVERNOR

    Some people don’t care much for the US but I do.  Greatest place on the planet to live.  Freedom and equal opportunity for everyone.  A standard of living second to none.  Highest quality of life.

    • Bing Dixon

      • LAMBFORGOVERNOR

        the problem you have is religion novilene bankiao… and from the sound of it.. you got it bad… drop religion and embrace spiritualism.. talk to god direct.. no middlemen.. no charge…  and certainly less pucker to your butt…

    • Chihuahua

      At $16T US sovereign debt and accumulating $1T additional deficit every year, in 10 years interest payment alone is estimated to be at least $1T annually. According to experts, US$ will either have to be devalued or the currency will collapse and replaced by another emerging world currency or the return of the gold standard.  US owes over $2.3T alone to China. Obama’s social program, QE1, 2 and recently 3 and ultimately the standard living of its citizens are partially financed by the China’s holding of US Bond. All the lame congress and senate can do is just kick the can down the road and raise the debt ceiling again. I am afraid without a serious effort to finally curb its tastes for spending  it will soon have to face the music. America can continue to print dollars for as long as the world’s economy will accept it as face value. Just like a ponzi scheme of borrowing from Peter to pay Paul, sooner or later the game will catch up and the bubble will burst. And it if does come to past, the impact to the world’s economy will make the fukushima nuclear disaster and the ensuring tsunami look like a drill. Lets pray this scenario will not come to past and US will finally summon its national will and strength to address its fiscal mess. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

        ..not counting the paranoid and ill informed conspiracy theorist, and the recists, and the bullies… and the hypocites (they all cried bucks of water for the children killed by their own in sandybrook but raised nothing for the four times as many children killed by US taxpayers drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan).

      • http://www.facebook.com/pgnelineman Daniel Nielsen

        racist just what are you doing right now

      • LAMBFORGOVERNOR

        i never said we weren’t a war mongering country.. i said we were the best country to live in…

      • LAMBFORGOVERNOR

        yea… but it is still the greatest country on this planet…

  • PHtaxpayer

    Boy, are you deluded!  haha

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QFRDX6GBOHOQII2UXLXWOGMJXA JOE MULDOG

    How did the ship run aground?? well if the navigation charts are out dated that could be one reason. The Philippines needs to update there charts, other countries depend on them to navigate.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6N45VTMWG44CSNC2G5WS33ZAHI MS. F3

      HAHAHA, so your minesweeper ship whose function is to detect mines deep in the water did not detect the reef that is almost on the surface? The bigger question is, what is this ship doing in this area? It is outside of the sea lanes being a UNESCO protected site.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QFRDX6GBOHOQII2UXLXWOGMJXA JOE MULDOG

    All the bad comments about the USA, don’t you know if it was not for the USA China would own you now !!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6N45VTMWG44CSNC2G5WS33ZAHI MS. F3

      and we could be better off.

    • bart0001

       …instead we belong to you. Till death do us part.

  • kimo211

    puro negatives   ang  mga  comment   ninyo   sa   american military at government….ayaw  naman  naming  mga  u s.  taxpayer   na  magtayo  nang  base   diyan  sa   pinas,,,,mi   marianas   island   na   kami….tama   kayo  menos   gastos   sa   amin  yan,,,susulatan  na   lang  namin   ang  aming mga   congressman  at  senarotrs,,,na  huwag  nang  magpadala   nang  kahit  anong  assistance   sa   pinas,,,,ayaw  naman  ninyo   sa   amin….bahala   na  sa  inyo   ang   mga   chinese….mas   OK   sa  inyo

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6N45VTMWG44CSNC2G5WS33ZAHI MS. F3

      Sana kung talagang Amerikano ka na nagcomment ng ganyan e. Kaso pinoy ka din na sinuwerte lang na naging US citizen tapos feeling mo puti ka na din? Kung maka “kami” ka parang biglang caucasian na race mo nung nagkaroon ka ng greencard. Asian pa rin naman diba? Second class citizen ka pa din dyan kababayan. Kundi ka pa nag TNT. Ang langaw nga naman na nakatuntong sa likod ng kalabaw, ang tingin sa sarili mas mataas pa sa kalabaw na tinuntungan.

      • kimo211

        sorry  na  lang  kong  na  offend  kita,,,for  your  info…i  wa  reared  in   montana,,,with  american  parents…lumaki  ako   sa   saipan…at   nagaral  sa  san  beda  ,,,manila,, dahil  walang  cathoilic school  sa  saipan moong  panahon na  iyon,,,i  am  just  exercising  my  rights  as  natural  born american  citizen…..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

      go. write your congressmen not to send assistance here. susme. why? did taxes and huge assistance in afghanistan made a difference? go check that one out.

      …your taxes sa US government plus yung ibang donor na assistance sa pinas is about 1B dollar a year!!!! ang US baka nasa 10% lang. alam mo ang OFW magkano pinapadala sa bansa? 1.1 Billion dollar PER MONTH!!!!

      …para ka nga amerikano na nakasakay sa motorsiklo na ciento viente ang takbo.. cien ang ingay viente ang takbo!!!!

    • ncells

       wow, nice, intellegent, very helpful comments from an ex-filipino, newly minted citizen of the country that has racked up the biggest debt and the planet’s most prolific polluter. with friends like you, people who so easily forget where they’ve come from, who needs enemies?

      go ahead and write to your ‘congressman at senarotrs’ and by the way, you folks owe a lot to the chinese, they practically own the whole of your country, you’ll be speaking mandarin way ahead of us, poor flips.

      • http://www.facebook.com/pgnelineman Daniel Nielsen

        im an american living in the phippines. if i made remarks like that about this country senators would trying to beat up on me it would be headlines in the papers and i would be on the first plane out of . but its alright for people like you to attack my country it works both ways

      • ncells

         dude, i was replying to what kimo211, who sounded like a newly minted american, was saying. as to ‘attacking’ your country, i didn’t realize stating well known facts is a form of attack. if there’s anything non-factual in what i wrote, please point it out and i’ll apologize, if apologies are due.

        the fact is an american boat, apparently manned by incompetents, ran aground in a location they shouldn’t be in to begin with and therein lies the problem.

        as to you making untoward remarks and being mauled by senators and making the headlines, dude, i didn’t realize you were that important. nothing personal but for someone who claims to be an american, parsing your sentences has been quite a challenge.

      • bart0001

         ooows…you talk and it’s headlines. Really or are you just pulling our collective pinoy legs?

      • riza888

        China owns $1.15 trillion of U.S. government debt. That’s 10% of US debts. That is not owning the US – not by a long shot. It actually went down from 12% two years ago. 

      • kimo211

        ncells,,, hindi  ako ex pilipino,,,ipinanganak  ako   s  montana,,na  may   mga  magulang na   pure  american  citizen,,,,lumaki  sa  saipan,,,,at  nagaral  sa  san  beda,  manila,,, dahil  walang catholic  school noong  panahon na  iyon sa  saipan,,,kaya pwede kong  sabihin mayron  kaming  marianas  island,,,kahit  minsan  walang  tumawag  sa  akin  na  asian…noong  nagaaral  pa  ako  sa  san  beda..masama  bang isaad  ko  ang  comments  ko,,,sa  mga  negatives  comments  sa  mga  navy  ships NAMIN….35  naval years of  experience,,,ang  ibinigay  ko    sa Navy as  a commissioned line officer,,,kaya  alam  ko  ang  sinasabi ko.

  • bugoybanggers

    High TECH? O hayan mga tuta ng kano.. ano na ngayon? Diba pinag didiinan ninyo na hightech ang barko na iyan? Tanong ninyo sa mamba-balut vendor ng OLONGAPO.. Kano kayo ang pina ka ADVANCE na NAVY sa buong mundo.. bakit baka PROPAGANDA lang iyan o Lasing ang NAVIGATOR ninyo. Bilang Pilipino, hindi ako TUTA ng KANO dahil ako ay isang ganap na ASKAL na. Ang Askal ay walang pinapanigan at lalaban sa kahit sino mang dayuhan. Ma instik man o kayo. Ang pagka PILIPINO ng PILIPINAS ay binaboy na ninyo simula pa noong 1946 na kayo mismo ang nag sasabi na ang US lang ang tagapag ligtas ng PILIPINAS. Yun ang napala marami namang naniwala sa hanggang LAWAY na pananalita ninyo. Naging BULOK at hanggang ngayon walang pag asenso ng SANDATAHANG ARMAS ng PILIPINAS dahil UMASA na naman ang mga TUTA ninyo. Asa ng asa na ang mga KANO ay kukupkupin ang PINAS.  Napabayaan na ang AFP, ang pinakaKULELAT sa lahat ng SANDATAHANG ARMAS sa ASIA. Talo pa ng Bangladesh, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, AFGANISTAN, BRUNEI o mismo EAST TIMOR. Nakakahiya, yung mga nagkukunwaring mga NATIONALISTA lumabas kayo at mag pakatotoo.. ano na ba talaga ang estado ng PILIPINAS? Magbukas kayo ng internet at mag halughug kayo. Wag puro haka haka na galing sa mga TUTA na nasa US na nakatira. Tumindig tayo at mag kaisa.. itigil na ang pagiging TUTA sa KALABAN ng MUNDO (Pakialamero at mayayabang na USA).

  • $31594090

    These complaining politicians need to be more patient. The US Navy has already communicated to the Philippine government that it is investigating. Give them time to investigate, and at the same time they are protecting the Philippine foreign interest.

    Not too long ago, the Philippine government was seeking help from every country to help them sway China from violating their soverienty. We have Filipino-Americans protesting here in the US to campaign against China’s intrusion inside their 200-mile territorial limits. The American people want a fair and positive solution to the Philippine territorial crisis; and they have acted.

    Getting a free territorial help is not cheap and is an expense incurred by the American people. Filipino politicians need to think twice before finding out what actually happened. Officers in charge of the watch at the time of grounding will no doubt suffer the consequence. As a former US Naval Officer jn the 70’s, I am sure sure that this will blemish the career of these officers, even though it was an accident.

    • mountainecho

      Yeah, must be a mere “accident” even if far from designated sea lanes.  Completely agree that getting “free” territorial help does not come cheap.

      Coming from a former US naval officer, is there such a thing as 200-mile territorial limit?  Didn’t the US claim its spy plane was outside in international airspace during the 2001 China Hainan incident when the plane was only 70 miles from the Chinese island?

         

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

    How can Songco file a protest when our government did not file a complaint for intrusion into the Philippine territory?

  • Roberto Duran

    stuck? they’ must be kidding…for a US ship not to know the depth of the area they traverse? this is funny…can’t we get it? this is deliberate, there must be a reason for all these and definitely not an accident…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KLPCCEL5ADIWVG7GICVNRNP3OA I Love This game

      deliberate? really?

    • Chihuahua

      perhaps a cover up as an excuse to return to and extend their R & R in olongapo?  

  • Meow Ming

    That stupid ship captain should get fired.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

      Not a Pinoy, I hope.

    • INQ_reader

      Poor captain, he is turning to be a scapegoat. Bottom line is, without the VFA, there will be no stucked ship by clueless american navigators.

  • Chihuahua

    No matter how sophisticated the technological tool is this incident just demonstrated the inherent weakness of heavy reliance on technology.  

    • bart0001

       balik tayo lahat sa sagwan! Row, row, row your boat…

    • INQ_reader

      Therefore, we have no need for america.

  • salomeahmad

    Gotcha! Here we go again. From the Nicole rape case, waste dumping, meat inspection, drone & to the destruction of our nature provided national treasure. Cut the BS what this politicians really want is, for the US to access our country is to pay- up & cough- up more aid to the tune of whats been given to enviable Pakistan.

    • bart0001

       Pakistan lang? Cheap! We want to rank among the top three US aid recipients after Israel and Egypt. :-)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SYG36KOOLRY47VA3ICPJJ5CQTQ ADD

    Fire the stupid captain. End of the story.

    • INQ_reader

      Kicking out all americans is even better.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

    where have all the high tech state of the art equipment of the US Government gone? Reef lang nawala na kayo?

    ..and what are you americans doing in a protected area of the country? Where is your permssion to enter the protected area?

    ..how do you want us to get our second hand trawlers lost in your pearl harbor memorial?

    …dont bully your way..you pay up!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W4PHR2UMQFNROXW36EAKMWKVN4 -o0Mr_Aries0o-

    sink that ship instead. it would make a nice artificial reef for fishes to lay their eggs on.

    • Hunter421

      Good luck with that one. What will you use to sink it, paper planes or paper boats?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

        Don’t do anything and it will sink by itself when corrosion takes over.

      • Hunter421

        It will be free soon. The US doesn’t allow ships to stay stranded at sea like the PH government did with the Princess of the Stars…

    • INQ_reader

      There’s no need for an artificial reef when the real ones had been there, until amercan stupidity destroy them.

  • http://twitter.com/EMMANkosayoXD Emmanuel Bonn Taguba

    Aquino = U.S. pet.

    • scorpio15

      Sino ang Hindi US pet??? Baka pagmagkagulo sa Pinas sa Tate din ang bagsak mo.

  • Hunter421

    Don’t condemn the US Military too much. If it wasn’t for them, China would have invaded the Philippines long ago.

    • INQ_reader

      Says who? america already made a statement that it will not interfere in territorial disputes. Don’t hope for hopeless america.

  • $26791673

    Oo nga naman, kailangang maalis na agad yung US Navy minesweeper sa coral reef para matuloy yung illegal fishing ng mga intsik. Nawawalan ng kabuhayan yung mga chinese fishing boats na nangingisda dito.

    • INQ_reader

      Malayo ang Tubbataha Reef sa Baho de Masinloc. Kung Instik ang binabantayan ng kano, nasa maling lugar sila.

  • Ganymede

    Yan na nga ba sinasabi ko e.. sa sobrang pala asa tayo sa US kahit ano gawin nila sa teritoryo natin hindi natin sila puedeng sitahin. Habang buhay bang ganito ang Pilipinas?

  • ARIKUTIK

    Na sadsad ang baroto nila kasi nalibang kaboboso sa mga serenang natatampisaw sa reef …. nya…. hahaha…..

  • mountainecho

    Venturing far away from designated sea lanes and into protected marine sanctuary, without even seeking permission from PH government authority.  Well, this is what they mean by “freedom of navigation.”  Doesn’t matter that this is not even the South China Sea, but PH internal waters.

    How dare the PH asking for damage compensation while seeking US support to counter China in territorial disputes.  Pity the park rangers who even tried to board the US ship for inspection, thinking it is part of their duty, only to be warned away by soldiers deployed into battle position.

    Plenty of lessons to be learned here.

    • http://twitter.com/Joe_The_Kano Joe Kano

      I’d say that a park ranger who thinks he’s going to board an active duty military ship at general quarters for inspection or anything else is probably in the wrong business and should consider a career peddling ice buko at the luneta.

    • INQ_reader

      Freedom of navigation has its limitations, only designated sea lanes are free for navigation by any ship. Otherwise, Philippines seas are off-limits without permission from authorites.

  • $26791673

    Marami pa rin bang Pinoy na galit sa U.S.? Talaga naman…. Sana magkaroon kayo ng chance na makarating sa U.S. It is still one of the best places to live in the world, if not the best one.

    • PHtaxpayer

      US “best place in the world to live”?  Really???

      US military, weapons and allies killed over 2 million INNOCENT civilians since 2001.  Americans cannot travel to most parts of the world for fear of reprisals and hate crimes.

      US debt is more than $15 TRILLION, more than its annual GDP.  To compare, the PH debt is less than 50% of our annual GDP.

      US govt is the most corrupt in the world.  Eg. FEMA the US govt agency for emergency and disaster recovery is said to be a failure, dysfunctional and corrupt losing billions of dollars while neglecting the needs of poor people and disaster victims.  Look up Youtube “Camp FEMA”.  Eg. During the last recession, US govt spent over $650B a year on arms, more than the next TOP 20 nations spending for arms. 

      “Global terrorism” was created because of US support for Islamic extremists in Pakistan/Afghanistan in the 1980’s.  US has supported hated dictators like Shah of Iran, Saddam Hussein, Pol Pot, Somoza, Marcos and Josef Stalin.

      US has huge corruption in private companies and organizations: Lance Armstrong and Bernie Madoff are just 2 recent examples of corruption in the American system.  The “US military-industrial complex” has made huge profits from war and conflicts.

      US corruption makes corruption in the PH look like we are children and saints. 

       
       

      • Guest

      • http://twitter.com/Joe_The_Kano Joe Kano

        The Americans will certainly get along with out you.
        Have a nice day.

      • PHtaxpayer

        No, you are dead wrong.  The US needs the PH for strategic reasons and our geopolitical value to maintaining the US standard of living as well as national security.  You will understand this only if you study history and US foreign policy.  Obama already announced a shift in US military attention to our part of the world.  You have no idea what you are talking about.

        The PH has always depended on the US for development but this is no longer the case when other countries can take the place of the US when it comes to trade and exports.  Even our national security is slowly changing towards non-US countries like Poland, Japan and Singapore. 

      • INQ_reader

        Why are they here in the first place?

      • salomeahmad

        Some of it might be true but it didn’t stop the millions of pnoys from migrating & the ones still waiting for their visa as far back as 20 yrs ago. You are just envious.

      • PHtaxpayer

        Uh, I traveled all over the US when I was only 10 years old and lived in L.A. for 10 years from High School to my early working years so I know what I am talking about. I have nothing to be envious about because what most Americans have, we have it here also but the US does not have a lot of what the PH has like rain forests, coral reefs and cheap labor.  

        Fyi, there are many 3rd and 4th generation Americans living here in the Philippines who would not live in the US because they love it here.  One of them you probably heard of is Fred Uytengsu of who owns Alaska Milk.

        Sure many Filipinos migrated to the US for work. But even Americans migrate to the Philippines – migration is everywhere. 

        My point is, Filipinos should be proud and love their country.  Nationalism is an important part of economic and political development and if you keep thinking you are better off in the US, then you have no business criticizing my country. 

      • yumahuman

        Ok, the US is NOT the best place to live but it will still be a stretch to make it appear as one of the worsts. You must be talking about the corruption in the Federal government which I agree but there are also 50 different state goverments that act like countries. Some of those 50 states are in bad shape that tarnish and drag down the reputation of the rest. But many states are still in good shape and I’m just lucky  that I live in one of those well governed states where public education, disaster readiness and local security are still comparable to the best places in the world.

    • INQ_reader

      Nyek! Ayoko mabaril sa eskwelahan ang anak ko.

  • http://twitter.com/Joe_The_Kano Joe Kano

    I’d say that a park ranger who thinks he’s going to board an active duty military ship at general quarters for inspection or anything else is probably in the wrong business and should consider a career peddling ice buko at the luneta.

  • http://twitter.com/VillaflorArchie Archie Villaflor

    Tsk! Grabe…hindi ba nila alam kung gaano ka importante ang dinamage nila??? Tapos ganyan pahirapan kausapin. Feeling talaga itong mga kano na to!

  • I_kabod

    tulungan ninyo na lang. daming reklamo tapos hihingi din ng saklolo.

    • bart0001

      hindi nga pwede…subukan mong lumapit at naka-combat ready na sila.
      military ship yan (maraming top secret technology) mas nanaisin pa nilang pasabugin ito, tulad nang ginawa sa bumagsak na hellicopter sa Bin Laden raid, kaysa humingi ng tulong

      • I_kabod

        eh brad, hindi naman bin laden country ito at hindi si bin laden ang misyon. pwede naman magpakilala ang kaalyadong bansa.

  • warillaman

    did this people call the chinks intruders in scarborough shoal??? spratley island??? you cannot call a U.S. ship intruder when they are doing their duties patrolling our territory,!! shame on you, kapal naman ng mukha nyo!! you worry about the corals rather the chinks eating away our territory inch by inch???? the chinks are destroying the corals of spratley, can’t you do something about it, it is near tubattaha!! mapi moks talaga itong mga suhulan ng intsiktos!!!! 

    • INQ_reader

      If you are correct that america is patrolling Philippine waters, then america is violating the VFA and the laws of the land. VFA was signed to reduce the threat of Abu Sayyaf. No Abu Sayyaf is operating in Tubattaha Reef. Also, there is only one legal armed group in the country, the AFP.

      • warillaman

        common sense that is all there is to it, if you have one, china creates tensions, bullies the west philippines sea, U.S. ship passing thru, cruising, patrolling our waters, they made a port of call in zambales, heads to indian ocean passing thru spratley and sulu sea enroute to indian ocean, why do we need our AFP for that,??? I blame the intsiktos like you for this accident!!

      • INQ_reader

        You’re blaming somebody else for american stupidity?

      • warillaman

        no, I am not blaming somebody else,…. I am blaming chinks, intsiktos for this accident, he,he,he,he,

      • INQ_reader

        What a logic! Stupid americans never get blamed for anything.

      • warillaman

        he,he,he, and a common sense logic!!! you can’t blame them at this time, as I said blame this on those chinks who created tensions!!!

      • INQ_reader

        It’s not common, and good, sense for americans to blame others for their own stupidity.

  • Marcos5

    Escudero and Legarda and how much will you charge the Chinese for stealing Philippines Panatag shoals?

    Istyle nyo bulok !

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    ito ang resulta ng trabaho ng mga collaborators
    1. sa dfa tulad ni usec basilio
    2. sa dnd tulad ni usec batino

    kompiskahin na yang barko na yan
    tulad sa mga intsik switik fishermen

    ng may magamit
    pang depensa sa mga intsik switik
    courtesy of imperialist u.s.

    another imperialist psywar operation
    to break down pilipino resistance
    to recolonization

    the recovered drone
    was another similar
    psywar operation of the imperialist

    DEMOLISH VFA
    PALAYASIN MGA IMPERYALISTA

    mapapahamak tayo
    sa kabastosan at
    kabobohan ng u.s. navy

    • http://twitter.com/Joe_The_Kano Joe Kano

      paranoid psychotic si joboni96

  • arogantedeti

    daming hipokreto n arrogant dito. pinoy at kano may common denominator: arogante

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