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Tubbataha Reef incident: ‘What’s gov’t going to do?’



The militant Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) said that the incident at Tubbataha involving the Guardian raised more questions against the unhampered entry and permanent presence of US forces in the country under the VFA.

“The violations being committed by US warships in the country through the VFA are already disturbing and our officials should have the political will to decisively make them accountable,” Bayan Muna secretary general Renato Reyes said in a statement.

“The Tubbataha case points directly to the US Navy. They have no more excuses,” Reyes said.

Bayan also questioned what the Guardian was doing in the Tubbataha area and the true nature of its visit.

“What was its mission in Palawan? Is the US operating a base there? What was the approved joint activity that allowed the US to move around our waters? More importantly, what is the Philippine government going to do regarding this incident?” Reyes asked. TJ Burgonio


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Tags: Bagong Alyansang Makabayan , Bayan , Renato Reyes , sea accident , Tubbataha , VFA


  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AIYSIJJOL4JNRLHXVTGUH3NYHM The Overlord

    Communist groups like Bayan have no business in Congress. They’re just empty noise boxes with no genuine agenda whatsoever other than advocating Communism.

    • Tigsik

      Well, isn’t everyone else in Congress advocating their own perversions?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/AIYSIJJOL4JNRLHXVTGUH3NYHM The Overlord

        But at least they’re not Communists!

      • Tigsik

        I don’t quite get the logic. Given that they are Communists, then what?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/AIYSIJJOL4JNRLHXVTGUH3NYHM The Overlord

        The Communist Party of the PH’s main goal is to overthrow the government so that they can govern it by themselves. They hate capitalism (and democracy for that matter). Since the CPP has been declared an “enemy of the state” party, its feelers like Bayan and KMU will always be against anything US-related but not if it involves Mother China. They’re Mao’s cult members. Now do you get it?

      • Tigsik

        From the look of things, overthrowing a government is still a “genuine agenda.” It is as real as it can get, wounds and scars and all. But that does not mean they have no “business in Congress.” The Congressmen are in Congress to leech at the public coffers with abandon. That’s their business. Congress is business. So why exclude one when everyone else deserves the ax?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3QBMYPCCPWL5IDWF55BTBVWSAE UPLB-2008-3****

        Because capitalism and/or liberal democracy sucks enough. If they want communism/socialism and/or its derivatives, go to communist China, North Korea, Cuba, Vietnam!

      • Tigsik

        Well, you can tell them that all you want. You can even tell them that capitalism and liberal democracy sucks enough, and hell they will even agree with you. But that does not really answer the question. Sure, ship them out of this country. But still, why exclude one when everyone else deserves the ax?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3QBMYPCCPWL5IDWF55BTBVWSAE UPLB-2008-3****

        why exclude them? because we see the potential of them turning the already sucking FIlipino society into the likes of mainland china and north korea, and we don’t want that.

      • Tigsik

        Potential? I do not want to dwell on conjecture. We can imagine as many consequences as we want, but it will be a fruitless discussion. If you say potential, it can also mean the other way around.

        And another thing. You make it sound like you’re speaking in behalf of the 90 million plus Filipinos. “We don’t want that.” That’s too broad a stroke. How sure are we about the rest of the people, especially those who do not have internet access and can’t even post their sentiments online?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3QBMYPCCPWL5IDWF55BTBVWSAE UPLB-2008-3****

        Don’t be so moot and academic. I’ve seen it time and again – give them the pros and cons and most of the time they won’t side on “communism/socialism and/or its derivatives (i.e. Maoism, Leninism, )”. 

        Basta ako, I leave it at the wisdom of the people to judge. After all, there are history books to start. And a plethora of them – thereby minimizing unwanted effects of partiality.

      • Tigsik

        You may have seen it time and again, but your vision of the world is not the same as the vision of others. The way you see the world does not define how others see the same object of your gaze. You think you already know after seeing the light at the top of the well, not knowing that that is not all there is to the world, this country more so. UP students, of all people, should know that. Otherwise, all you do is to serve blind allegiance to something you do not even understand. Now that is being moot and academic.

  • 1Fz20

    these communists thrive and aim on misery, cause misery to the people-revolutionary tax, fear and kidnappings, bombings, in fact their objective is to make everybody peasants – back to the farms, no lawyers, no businessmen, no ownership, no property, no identity. 

  • Guest

    Commies: What’s the gov’t going to do?

    US Embassy: You should be glad our US sailors are bringing dollars to your economy. Rape victims will be offered free US visa and a green card right away. Any volunteers?

  • Hey_Dudes

    This is an excellent opportunity for the country and elected officials to work out this problem is very diplomatic way.  This is not the time for anyone or political party escalating the issue with yet more  mouth blabbering. If the USA erred in navigating the area, it will definitely accept  it will not shrink in it’s obligations on whatever damage their vessel did to the area.  It is after all, a minesweeper vessel probably steered into the area by navigational malfunctions.  If it were battleships or carriers, then it would be another matter.  We have no known mines in that area and USA will not be so irresponsible wasting it’s resources in an area where mines do not exist.

  • manuelcdiaz

    The PI Government should put navigational markers like buoys with radar transponder to warn ships of the Tubataha Reef area.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/AIYSIJJOL4JNRLHXVTGUH3NYHM The Overlord

      Oh great, another Commonwealth era-stuck pseudo-Pinoy/American who still refers to the country as PI in order to convey himself/herself/itself as an elite. Gosh, nahiya naman ako sa inyo.

  • warillaman

    AND WHAT IS THIS BAYAN DOING AGAINST THIS CHINKS INTRUSION, IN OUR WATERS, BULLYING OUR TERRITORIAL SEA, NOT RESPECTING UNITED NATIONS LAWS OF THE SEA, GRABBING THE WHOLE OF CHINA SEA BY FORCE, LETTING THEIR CHINKS FISHERMEN FISH IN OUR AREA AND MANY MORE, I  CAN LIST DOWN ALL CHINKS VIOLATIONS MORE WORST THAN WHAT THE U.S. SHIP HAS RUN AGROUND IN TUBATTAHA,!!!!! I BLAME THE CHINKS WARMONGERING, BULLYING, IN THE REGION CLAIMING THE WHOLE WEST PHILIPPINES SEA BY FORCE FOR ALL OF THIS!!!! BECAUSE THEY HAVE CREATED TENSIONS, U.S. SHIPS HAS BECOME FREQUENT WHICH I WELCOME.
    WHAT HAPPENED IN TUBATTAHA IS A SMALL PRICE TO PAY FOR WHATEVER THE CHINKS GOING TO DO TO OUR COUNTRY.

  • farmerpo

    Can we do something about it? Yes, make the picture as viral as possible, he he. Other than that what? Fence  Pinas. Kaya lang di natin kaya. Sino ba naman mag aakalang bulag ang barkong ito? Buti nga sa kanila.

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

    All of you fools don’t understand MARITIME LAWS !!!!!!!!!  The US NAvy was given a thing called notices to mariners.  It is to my understanding that they were there for R&R that’s why they entered that maritime sanctuary wheter we like it or not. Ignoring the PARK RANGERS is already enough that they were notified !!!!!!!!!! 
        It is the duty of the US Navy to hire local salvage tugs to bring it upright. As per aerial pictures from the Philippine Air Force, The USS Guardian is already listing to port side.  It is sad that most of you don’t comprehend what you are watching! tsk, tsk, tsk !!!!!!!  

    • Isa_Ka_Pa

      ULUL ! R&R pala pakay nila so dapat may paalam yan sa atin…kahit may VFA dahil recreatrion ang ginagawa nila

    • Janch

      Dinala nila yung R & R nila sa Tubataha reef?  Mga lasing pa ba yung mga marinero sa Guardian kayat napagkamalan nilang Boracay ang Tubataha?

  • DarkJustice

    Uyy,nabuhay ang BAYAN! Bakit noong kasagsagan ng CHinese intrusion,wala kayong komento? :D

    • Tigsik

      Nag-protest ang Bayan Muna noong kasagsagan ng intrusion ng China sa West Philippine Sea. Nag-file pa nga sila ng House Resolution 2330. Basa-basa din. May tinatawag tayong Google.

  • w33k3nd3r

    Some jack a$$ probably tagged ‘Boracay’ on the reef, in Google Earth, and the US seals wanted to check out the party.

  • Isa_Ka_Pa

    oist ! baka puntahan ng ating ‘me love you long time’ women ang barkong yan, ngayong na-stuck sa Tubbataha

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    RENATO REYES can’t wait. Dapat siya ang humarap kay OBAMA para sa madaling kaayusan  
    ng problemang ito. 

  • LabkoPinas

    This leftists simply wants to hand our country and its rich natural resources to China. Wake up Renato Reyes. The filipinos are not fools. We refuse to play your pro-China game.Laos ka na.

    r

    • Tigsik

      Hindi ba nag-file ang Bayan Muna ng kanilang protest kontra sa panghihimasok ng Tsina? Nabasa ko sa balita na merong hinain na House Resolution sa Congress ang Bayan Muna ukol diyan. Madaling mag-Google. Basa-basa din.

  • Janch

    Wala.  The government is allowing US naval presence to balance the Chinese naval presence in our waters.

  • TUMBOKIN

    “What was its mission in Palawan? Is the US operating a base there? What was the approved joint activity that allowed the US to move around our waters? More importantly, what is the Philippine government going to do regarding this incident?” Reyes asked

    These are good questions but it is safe to say that the US military never really left us.  Now us to how beneficial they are?  I would say against a few sq meters of coral, they are crucial and indispensable to our nations security, as it is we cant barely hold our own. Just let the American fleet commander deal with the Ship Captain, certainly he will be subject to sanctions.
    Oh and if they cant pull it out just consider it that a donation to our local navy…cheers

  • virgoyap

    Now I’m on the side of Alyansang Makabayan. What are the doing there? Nabuking sila!!

  • manong_edwin

    Who knows those American sailors – or at least their ship captain – were just nature lovers, they may have heard the beauty of the reefs so they went for a sight-seeing mission…and since they were already in the place they scouted for oil deposits…hahaha…our government must be alert about oil explorers masquerading as tourists and/or navy…

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

    Dogma jakolero lang si Reyes.

  • bugoybanggers

    Naku po? Chairman Reyes magandang umaga po. Ayon pala sa mga Chinese, ang Tubatha Reef ay pag mamay ari din pala ng CHINA. Aba ayun sa kanilang 3million years CHING CHANG History napag alaman na diyan daw pinanganak si Limahung.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JERERLGBWXQ4XRY6SZ6WJIBOBE kobe wade..

    Shut up chitae reyes!!!!

  • 1Fz20

    whenever there is news about usa/usmilitary, its immediately always the communist view/statements pitted against them, by default, to sensationalize the news or to support the communists.what kind of journalist are these?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4QAIR53YIPJLMPSQJZTOJIGBVI Jaz

    Hoy komunistang reyes! Bakit pag ang mga intsik ang napapabalita na bumababoy at sumisira sa yamang dagat ng Pilipinas eh wala kang kakibo-kibo? Peste ka talaga!

    • Tigsik

      Hindi ba nag-file ang Bayan Muna ng kanilang protest kontra sa panghihimasok ng Tsina? Nabasa ko sa balita na merong hinain na House Resolution sa Congress ang Bayan Muna ukol diyan. Madaling mag-Google. Basa-basa din.

  • Tigsik

    Nabasa ko sa balita na nagprotesta ang Bayan Muna kontra sa panghihimasok ng Tsina sa West Philippine Sea. nag-file pa nga ang Bayan Muna ng House Resolution sa Congress. Madaling mag-Google. Basa-basa din.



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