Activists gathered outside the Supreme Court compound here on Tuesday to remind the justices about a writ of kalikasan petition against the United States and the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) for the 2013 destruction of a section of the Tubbataha Reef.
Researchers from the University of Queensland are expected to visit the Philippines this week to survey the Tubbataha coral reef, a World Heritage Site in Palawan.
By Niña P. Calleja
MANILA, Philippines–A 19-man team from the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources is sailing to Tubbataha Reef to closely assess the damage caused by the USS Guardian and determine what needs to be done to revive some of the “wounded” coral habitats. BFAR assistant director Benjamin Tabios, said the agency has deployed its marine [...]
By Jerome Aning
, Redempto D. Anda
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.
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.