Madrigal calls for tighter security around Tubbataha Reef

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Former Senator Jamby Madrigal. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines–Amidst reports that a Chinese fishing vessel had run aground in Tubbataha
Reef, Team PNoy senatorial bet Jamby Madrigal on Tuesday called for tighter security measures around the Unesco World Heritage site.

Madrigal, principal author of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Act of 2009, said in a statement issued to media that Philippine naval authorities should exert serious efforts in guarding restricted zones, apprehending intruders and imposing stiff penalties – including possible jail time – against offenders.

“This latest incident shows how vulnerable our marine resources are to man-made mishaps. We need to find better ways of protecting our precious reefs. It’s obvious what the Chinese were doing there – they’re fishing in
restricted waters,” she stressed.

Earlier, Madgrigal described as “loose change” the US$1.4-million that the Philippine government will charge the United States for the recent grounding of US minesweeper USS Guardian also in Tubbataha reef, damaging over 2,000 square meters of corals.

“We have yet to fully assess the damage caused by USS Guardian and here we are again. It’s a wake up call for authorities to save Tubbataha from further intrusions,” she stressed.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000923389289 David Bobir

    If she was the “principal author” of the Act then she should also take responsibility for shortcomings in that Act.

    • Herman Near

      There are no shortcomings, only lax implementation.

  • BatangSingapore

    may news blackout sa mga chinese na nabalaho sa tubataha? ano Songco parang tahimik ka yata hahahhahahaha.

  • Billy Reyes

    kung ang Pilipinas hindi kayang protektahan ang Tubataha na mismong nasa loob ng ating pamamahay.
    Huwag na tayong mangarap pa na maaangkin ang mga isla sa Spratley dahil yan imposible.

  • Herman Near

    And one user said Jamby doesn’t complain anything about China and maka-kaliwa daw sya.

    This disproves that allegation.

    On the other hand, I am seriously seeing Jamby back in the senate.

  • wawa2172

    Former senator Jamby Madrigal is spending so much money to be in the news daily in aid of election. Yesterday she made a proposal to appoint Lacson as anti-smuggling czar, now she is telling the voters that she is the principal author of Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Act of 2009, but in reality she is running again to reclaim the losses of not being in the senate for a long time and to partake on the pork once again. Jamby is better that she is out of the senate. A very controversial lady, she would bring her family or clan problem in senate floor. She loss a lot sa hatian sa mga property nang mga Madrigal. Beside she won a seat in the senate by using Juday in her advertisements. Di tuloy malaman kung siya ang ibinoto nang mamayan or si Juday. Without a prominent endorser this lady is sure to lose.

    • Herman Near

      The classic alibi. “You just paid the media to be in the news!”

      She did more laws than that. More of the pork barrel sweeping accusation. As for her and Juday, I think they already settled it in secret.

    • hustlergalore

      sana sinabi mo rin kung bakit nagpabayad si juday para endorser para kumpleto ang report. LOL

  • hustlergalore

    magpo-protesta ang bayanmuna, ang sasabihin nila, tuta ka ng kano. LOL

  • randyaltarejos

    Who do you think will secure the Tubbataha Reef from encroachers? Perhaps, what the government can do is to make it a Gulag for abusive military and police personnel. Those who were found guilty of administrative or worse, criminal offenses, can be posted at the Tubbataha Reef for at least three months. Tingnan natin kung di sila titino. Why not? If some Philippine Marines soldiers are assigned at the Spratlys for six months, why not at the Tubbataha Reef?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Lynel-F-Joven/685946584 Charles Lynel F. Joven

    it would be better if Jamby stops running for senator, and instead pours her funds, and spends time, managing the Tubbataha reef …

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