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Officials seek fines for reef damage by USS Guardian

Tubbataha Reef Parks officials aired the hope, on Sunday, that the US Navy would pay the “appropriate fine” for the damage to the reef caused by the Jan. 17 grounding of the USS Guardian.

Posted: April 1st, 2013 in CDN - News,Cebu Daily News | Read More »

Bad weather halts dismantling of grounded warship

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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 FILE PHOTO

Bad weather has forced a US Navy-hired salvage team to suspend its operation to dismantle the USS Guardian, grounded since Jan. 17 on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea, according to the Philippine Coast Guard.

Posted: March 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Motion seeking to re-negotiate Visiting Forces Agreement filed with SC

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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 FILE PHOTO

A motion has been filed with the Supreme Court that sought the re-negotiation of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) which was prompted following the grounding of a minesweeper in the Unesco heritage site Tubbataha national park.

Posted: February 12th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Divers to re-assess Tubbataha damage after dismantling of USS Guardian

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Joint assessment of the Philippine Coast Guard, US Navy and Tubbataha Reef Management on the damage caused by the grounding of USS Guardian on the Sulu Sea continued on Wednesday.

Posted: February 6th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Coastguard divers to make final assessment of damage on Tubbataha

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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 FILE PHOTO

Philippine Coast Guard divers will make a “final assessment” of the USS Guardian’s damage on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea once the grounded US Navy mine countermeasure vessel is removed from the Philippine marine park, the PCG spokesperson has told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Posted: February 5th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

It can take 10,000 years for damaged corals to fully regrow, says Hontiveros

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It could take more than 10,000 years before the corals damaged by a US Navy ship in the Tubbataha Reefs will regrow to its previous state, Akbayan Representative Risa Hontiveros said Thursday.

Posted: January 24th, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

USS Guardian caused 1,000 square meters damage to Tubbataha Reef — PCG

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Damage on Tubbataha Reef caused by the US Navy minesweeper that ran aground in Sulu Sea has been estimated at 1,000 square meters based on initial assessment, the Philippine Coast Guard said Wednesday.

Posted: January 23rd, 2013 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

72 US sailors leave ship stuck in Tubbataha Reef

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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 FILE PHOTO

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.

Posted: January 19th, 2013 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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