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Tubbataha named PH’s 7th ASEAN Heritage Park

Nov 05, 2015 - 6:12 PM

The Philippines has the most ASEAN heritage parks

MARINE LIFE. The Tubbataha experience shows how marine life is sustained. Photo courtesy of the ASEAN Center for Biodiversity

MILF returns weapons, Binay allies, Tubbataha damage | The wRap

Feb 18, 2015 - 8:03 PM

MILF returns 16 firearms seized from the SAF Senators say the Vice President’s allies may be liable for money laundering The United States pays the Philippines for Tubbataha reef damages

US pays Philippines P87M for Tubbataha damage

Feb 18, 2015 - 9:33 AM

UPDATED The Philippines received this full amount on January 20 the Department of Foreign Affairs says

US to pay PH P87M for damage to World Heritage Site

Oct 24, 2014 - 6:57 PM

UPDATED The amount represents the P58M that the Philippines asked the US and the P28M fuel and repair costs incurred by the Coast Guard It is lower than environmentalists estimates of P737 8M to P1 2B

US should volunteer to pay for Tubbataha damage – Miriam

Sep 17, 2014 - 7:30 PM

Senator Miriam Santiago also argues that while it is not a signatory to the UNCLOS the US is bound by international law to pay for the damage on the UNESCO World Heritage Site

BEFORE AND AFTER. The USS Guardian turned 90 degrees in 4 days dragged by the strong currents and winds of the Sulu Sea. Graphic by Bardo Wu from photos courtesy of AFP WESCOM

Rappler Newscast | September 16, 2014

Sep 16, 2014 - 8:38 PM

State of calamity in cities towns around Mayon SC: Aquino can seek compensation for Tubbataha damages US bobms ISIS for the first time

SC: Up to Aquino to broker Tubbataha compensation with US

Sep 16, 2014 - 7:58 PM

The High Court does not imply however that the President should bring the matter to the United Nations for arbitration

PH asks US to compensate for Tubbataha damage

Jun 17, 2014 - 6:06 PM

More than a year after a US navy vessel damaged coral reefs in the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Palawan the US has finally received a request for compensation from the Philippine government

RUBBLE. Coral reefs in Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park are pulverized after the USS Guardian crashed into them in January 2013. Photo courtesy of WWF-Philippines

'No excuse not to pursue fine for Tubbataha damage'

Jan 16, 2014 - 5:03 PM

A pending Supreme Court case is no excuse for the PH government not to demand compensation from the US for the Tubbataha grounding

GROUNDED SHIP. On January 17, 2013, the USS Guardian ran aground and damaged the Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site. File photo courtesy of AFP Wescom

A year later, US yet to pay P58-M Tubbataha fine

Jan 03, 2014 - 3:17 PM

The US embassy in Manila has reportedly not commented either on a related case despite a letter from the Supreme Court

GROUNDED SHIP. On January 17, 2013, the USS Guardian ran aground and damaged the Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site. File photo courtesy of AFP Wescom

Tubbataha report: US mum on paying PH

Jun 21, 2013 - 8:09 PM

The US Navy releases its final report on the Tubbataha Reef incident and blames lack of leadership There s no mention of paying the Philippines

GROUNDED SHIP. In January, the USS Guardian ran aground and damaged the Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage site. File photo courtesy of AFP Wescom

USS Guardian report out this week

May 26, 2013 - 4:32 PM

The report aims to narrate the circumstances behind the USS Guardian s grounding at the Tubbataha Reef in January

BEFORE AND AFTER. The USS Guardian turned 90 degrees in 4 days dragged by the strong currents and winds of the Sulu Sea. Graphic by Bardo Wu from photos courtesy of AFP WESCOM

Pinoy-made gadget used in Tubbataha assessment

May 02, 2013 - 4:22 PM

A group of Filipino scientists and engineers developed the Teardrop system a better and cheaper alternative to other reef assessment technologies

CHEAP YET EFFICIENT. The 'Teardrop', an automated rapid reef assessment system invented by the team of Dr. Soriano only cost around $380 or P16,000. Rappler/Ace Tamayo

Aquino on Tubbataha: Not again!

Apr 10, 2013 - 1:45 PM

Upon hearing that a Chinese vessel ran aground on the Tubbataha Reef Aquino exclaimed Grabe naman

Akbayan to China: Get out of Tubbataha

Apr 10, 2013 - 1:40 PM

Akbayan urges the government to set up measures to safeguard protected marine areas

NOT AGAIN. Members of Akbayan Party-list troop to the Chinese Consular Office in Makati to protest the grounding of a Chinese vessel in Tubbataha Reef. RAPPLER/Jerald Uy

US Navy gives USS Guardian's maps, docs to PH

Apr 08, 2013 - 2:26 PM

The maps and the docs will help determine the cause of the Tubbataha grounding

FILE PHOTO. U.S. Navy

Rappler Newscast | April 5, 2013

Apr 05, 2013 - 9:54 PM

Villar Ejercito linked to offshore accounts SC: party list not limited to marginalized sectors US Navy faces P58M fine for Tubbataha damages

US Navy faces P58-M fine over Tubbataha

Apr 05, 2013 - 7:13 PM

USS Guardian damaged 2 345 7 square meters of the Unesco World Heritage protected site

DAMAGES. A coral rubble in Tubbataha reef. Photo by WWF-Philippines

PH demands payment for reef damage

Mar 31, 2013 - 6:26 PM

UPDATED Initial probe shows the US Navy ship damaged 4 000 sqm of the reef before a final assessment is conducted by Filipino experts

TUBBATAHA DAMAGE. Experts assess damage to the reef as salvage teams removed the last piece of a US Navy ship that was stuck on it. File photo US Navy


Rappler Newscast | March 27, 2013

Mar 27, 2013 - 8:53 PM

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USS Guardian out of Tubbataha by April 1

Mar 27, 2013 - 2:27 PM

UPDATED Coral damage assessment should begin as soon as the ship is removed from the reef

BOW REMOVED. The crane vessel Jascon 25 removes the bow of the USS Guardian, a major step toward pulling out the minesweeper stuck on Tubbataha Reef since January 17. Photo by US Navy

Tubbataha repair will take 'years' - U.S.

Mar 21, 2013 - 6:00 PM

We know honestly that it will take years to repair US ambassador Harry Thomas says

SALVAGE SITE. Aerial view of the Jascon 25 crane ship and Archon Tide tugboat beside the USS Guardian on March 12, 2013. Photo by US Navy

Funnel removed from USS Guardian

Feb 27, 2013 - 1:26 PM

Removing the funnel is a major step towards dismantling the ship the Coast Guard said

FUNNEL LIFTED. The Jascon 25 crane ship safely removes the exhausts funnel structure from mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian. The funnel's removal was a milestone in the dismantling process of the Guardian. Photo courtesy of Navy

Tubbataha salvage operation begins

Feb 22, 2013 - 4:41 PM

Thanks to better weather condition in the area the crew of the lead crane ship in the salvage operation get to work

ON SITE. The Jascon 25 crane vessel is already on site and waiting to start cutting up the USS Guardian into pieces. Graphic by Bardo Wu

Bad weather delays Tubbataha operation

Feb 18, 2013 - 2:30 PM

Rough seas and strong wind keep delaying the operation to remove the USS Guardian from Tubbataha

STUCK ON THE REEF. An experienced team of salvage professionals are ready to dismantle the 23-year-old USS Guardian and safely remove the minesweeper from the reef. February 8 photo courtesy of US Navy

Salvage operation to begin in Tubbataha

Feb 17, 2013 - 10:06 AM

2nd UPDATE The crane ship gets customs clearance but rough seas delay the start of the salvage operation until Monday

ON SITE. The Jascon 25 crane vessel is already on site and waiting to start cutting up the USS Guardian into pieces. Graphic by Bardo Wu

US to consult PH on Tubbataha probe

Feb 14, 2013 - 5:48 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry tells DFA chief Albert del Rosario that PH officials will be allowed to query US Navy officers regarding the grounding

SITTING ON THE REEF. Led by US Navy Supervisor of Salvage Capt Mark Matthews, an experienced team of salvage professionals are ready to dismantle the 23-year-old minesweeper and safely remove the ship from the reef. February 8 photo courtesy of US Navy

US will protect environment during Tubbataha salvage

Feb 13, 2013 - 5:59 PM

Mitigating further damage to the reef will continue to be important during the salvage operation in Tubbataha the US Navy says

WAITING TO BE DISMANTLED. The mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) sits aground Tuesday, January 22, 2013 on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea. AFP PHOTO / US NAVY

6 weeks to pull out US ship from Tubbataha

Feb 12, 2013 - 5:42 PM

UPDATED March 23 is the best case scenario if weather and sea conditions allow says the Philippine Coast Guard

PRISTINE REEFS. The coral reefs of Tubbataha are healthy and free from parasites such as the nasty crown-of-thorns starfish that eats polyps, the live organisms that make up the coral. The conservation project was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993. Photo by Lory Tan/WWF

Tubbataha salvaging delayed at least a week

Feb 10, 2013 - 7:00 PM

A 2nd floating crane is scheduled to arrive on February 15 to start cutting up the USS Guardian into pieces

SECOND FLOATING CRANE. The Jascon 25 crane vessel is scheduled to arrive on February 15 to start cutting up the USS Guardian into pieces. Photo by Graham Flett / MarineTraffic

All set for Tubbataha salvage operation

Feb 07, 2013 - 6:08 PM

The operation will be conducted in close cooperation with the US Navy as stipulated by the approved salvage plan

STUCK ON THE REEF. The USS Guardian hit the upper side of Tubbataha's South Atoll on January 17

Rappler Newscast | February 6, 2013

Feb 06, 2013 - 8:53 PM

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Plan to remove US ship from Tubbataha approved

Feb 06, 2013 - 2:30 PM

UPDATED The salvaging of the ship is contingent on a joint assessment of the damage to the reef and strict observation of marine park rules

FLOATING CRANE. The SMIT Borneo, on its way to Tubbataha, has been used in other major salvage operations like that of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia in January 2012. Photo from Maritime News

USS Guardian salvage to cost almost $25-M

Feb 06, 2013 - 9:07 AM

UPDATED The salvage operation will not be completed until December the US Department of Defense says

WAITING TO BE DISMANTLED. The mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian seen on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea, where it ran aground on January 17. AFP PHOTO / US NAVY

Want to dive in Tubbataha? 2 sites will be off limits

Feb 05, 2013 - 6:00 PM

At least 2 dive sites in Tubbataha will be cordoned off due to the operation to salvage USS Guardian the Philippine Coast Guard says

DIVING PARADISE. Tubbataha is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1993 and considered a paradise for scuba diving. From from the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park official website

Crane ship bound for Tubbataha, says PCG

Feb 05, 2013 - 12:32 PM

UPDATED Final approval of the salvage operation is still pending on concerns regarding how one of the floating cranes will be anchored

MINIMIZE CORAL DAMAGE. This handout photo taken and released on January 25, 2013 by Tubbataha Management Office (TMO) shows an aerial shot of US navy minesweeper, the USS Guardian (R) at the Tubbataha reef after it ran aground, in western island of Palawan, while another US vessel stands by. The US Navy said on January 24, it needed to remove thousands of litres of oil from a minesweeper stuck on World Heritage-listed coral in the Philippines, warning it was too badly damaged to be towed away. AFP PHOTO/Tubbataha Management Office

Fines to wait until US ship pulled out of Tubbataha - Palace

Feb 04, 2013 - 7:40 PM

The fines will be imposed based on a final assessment on the damage caused to the reef that has not been done yet the government says

WAITING TO BE LIFTED. The mine countermeasures ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) sits aground Tuesday, January 22, 2013 on the Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea, Philippines, where it ran aground on January 17th. Operations to recover the ship while minimizing environmental effects are being conducted in close cooperation with allied Philippines Coast Guard and Navy. AFP PHOTO / US NAVY

U.S. to compensate PH for Tubbataha crash

Feb 03, 2013 - 6:05 PM

UPDATED The amount of the compensation will be determined only after the vessel is pulled out and damage assessment of the reef is finalized

US WILL PAY. The US Embassy in Manila says Washington will pay for the damage caused by a US Navy ship to Tubbataha Reef. Graphic by Dominic Gabriel Go

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Feb 03, 2013 - 4:36 PM

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US Navy wants to cut ship in parts

Jan 30, 2013 - 3:03 PM

The US Navy has changed its mind and now wants to dismantle the USS Guardian stuck in Tubbataha

This handout photo taken and released on January 25, 2013 by Tubbataha Management Office (TMO) shows an aerial shot of US navy minesweeper, the USS Guardian (R) at the Tubbataha reef after it ran aground, in western island of Palawan, while another US vessel stands by. The US Navy said on January 24, it needed to remove thousands of litres of oil from a minesweeper stuck on World Heritage-listed coral in the Philippines, warning it was too badly damaged to be towed away. AFP PHOTO/Tubbataha Management Office

How much will US pay PH for Tubbataha crash?

Jan 27, 2013 - 9:53 PM

Transportation Secretary Jun Abaya said he does not intend to charge the Americans for costs incurred by the Philippine Coast Guard and Navy

WAITING FOR THE CRANE. A Philippine Coast Guard boat is seen wading through water as he tugs a boat towards the US Navy minesweeper. AFP PHOTO / PCG

US Navy rules out Tubbataha fuel leak

Jan 25, 2013 - 8:57 PM

But it will likely take until Feb 1 or later to remove the USS Guardian from Tubbataha Reef

1,000 sq meters of Tubbataha reef damaged by US ship - gov't

Jan 23, 2013 - 5:11 PM

UPDATED About 1 000 sqm of coral was damaged by the USS Guardian US and Philippine divers observed

US Navy faces fines for ship stranded in Tubbataha

Jan 22, 2013 - 3:37 PM

Philippine authorities said Tuesday January 22 they have fined the US Navy for unauthorized entry after an American minesweeper went aground on Tubbataha Reef

STILL STUCK. Philippine Air Force aerial image of the USS Guardian near the upper side of Tubbataha's South Atoll. Photo courtesy of AFP WESCOM

US ship in Tubbataha 'flooded'

Jan 22, 2013 - 1:02 PM

Most of the starboard hull is in contact with the coral says a US Navy publication

Stranded US Navy ship 'ignored warnings'

Jan 21, 2013 - 2:28 PM

UPDATED The USS Guardian stuck on a World Heritage listed coral reef in the Philippines since last week ignored warnings to avoid the area

STILL STUCK. Philippine Air Force aerial image of the USS Guardian near the upper side of Tubbataha's South Atoll. Photo courtesy of AFP WESCOM

Tubbataha: PH's crown jewel in danger

Jan 21, 2013 - 11:07 AM

Tubbataha goes beyond being a spectacular underwater world Protecting Tubbataha contributes to food security for millions who depend on Philippine seas for livelihood

US Navy apologizes for Tubbataha grounding

Jan 20, 2013 - 4:44 PM

2nd UPDATE I greatly regret any damage this incident has caused to the Tubbataha Reef says the US Pacific Fleet commander

STILL STUCK. Philippine Air Force aerial image of the USS Guardian near the upper side of Tubbataha's South Atoll. Photo courtesy of AFP WESCOM

Photo wRap: Golden Globes, Kumbh Mela and Tubbataha

Jan 20, 2013 - 2:50 PM

We ve got some of this week s memorable images from the Tubbataha Reef in the Philippines to the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles in this edition of the Rappler Photo wRap

US Navy to probe faulty charts in Tubbataha

Jan 19, 2013 - 6:55 PM

Preliminary findings indicate that inaccurate navigation data may have been a factor in the crash

STUCK ON THE REEF. Photo of the USS Guardian stuck at the Tubbataha North Atoll taken from a Nomad plane from the Philippine Air Force on 17 January courtesy of AFP WESCOM