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Navy, Air Force, civilian volunteers join search for missing diver

Jun 06, 2019 - 2:45 PM

'Wescom, in coordination with various stakeholders, will continue conducting the joint search and rescue operations despite inclement weather,' says the Western Command as authorities and civilian volunteers search for diver Bryan Nazareno

SEARCH FOR MISSING DIVER. This Philippine Navy vessel is part of the search and rescue operation in Tubbataha Reef. Photo from Wescom

Coast Guard searches for missing diver in Tubbataha Reef

Jun 05, 2019 - 10:03 AM

The Philippine Coast Guard says diver Bryan Nazareno has been missing since June 3

Eroding Bird Islet threatens seabirds at Tubbataha

Dec 21, 2016 - 10:37 AM

The Tubbataha Management Office says the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is home to no less than 100 species of birds It serves as the main rookery and breeding ground of these birds

CA acquits 12 Chinese fishermen of poaching at Tubbataha Reef

Dec 19, 2016 - 7:10 PM

The fishermen are now in a temporary shelter pending their deportation to China

CONVICTS NO MORE. The 12 Chinese nationals arrested for illegal fishing at Tubbataha Reef on April 2013. File photo from Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Facebook page

'Eternal gratitude': Aquino meets Prince of Monaco

Apr 07, 2016 - 5:09 PM

The visit of Prince Albert II as the Philippines and Monaco celebrate the 10th anniversary of their diplomatic ties

PRINCE OF MONACO. President Benigno Aquino III and His Serene Highness Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco, watch a cultural presentation during the welcome ceremony at the Malacañang Palace Grounds for Prince Albert's official visit to the Republic of the Philippines on April 7, 2016. Photo by Benhur Arcayan/Malacañang Photo Bureau

Prince Albert II of Monaco to visit PH next week

Mar 30, 2016 - 7:01 PM

The Philippine itinerary of the visiting monarch a known advocate of stronger marine environmental protection includes a trip to Palawan and the Tubbataha Reefs National Park

PH VISIT. Prince Albert II of Monaco will visit the Philippines in early April. File photo by Etienne Laurent/Pool/EPA

How did SC justices decide key cases in 2014-2016?

Jan 16, 2016 - 3:29 PM

We look back at landmark decisions by this batch of SC justices – between the latest appointment of Jardeleza in August 2014 and Villarama’s early retirement in January 2016

Expedition Shark: Why we need to protect these predators

Jul 10, 2015 - 6:01 AM

A team of scientists from the Philippines Europe and America conduct a 10 day expedition in the Tubbataha Reef

Boats carrying endangered shells intercepted in Cebu

Jul 09, 2015 - 4:19 PM

The highly valued Trochus niloticus shells may have come from the Tubbataha Reef Natural Park say government conservation officials

THREATENED. Samong or Trochus niloticus is heavily poached because of its use as raw material for the manufacturing of mother-of-pearl buttons. Photo by Roberto Verzo from Wikimedia Commons

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

Aquino ratings, military on Abu Sayyaf, ISIS beheading | The wRap

Nov 17, 2014 - 7:24 PM

The Aquino administration’s ratings recover after a record low The Philippine military puts pressure on the Abu Sayyaf after a deadly encounter ISIS beheads a US aid worker and 18 Syrians

Tubbataha, Mt Hamiguitan 'most treasured' parks in ASEAN

Nov 17, 2014 - 11:17 AM

The declaration by ASEAN environmental ministers brings the number of ASEAN Heritage Parks in the Philippines to 7 out of the total 35

Miriam Santiago, Bello push for VFA termination

Oct 27, 2014 - 5:04 PM

But most lawmakers as well as the President are more inclined to review the PH US agreement than end it

AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP: US Navy's USS Peleliu. Photo from the US Embassy in Manila

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

Follow the law, China tells fishermen amid PH ruling

Aug 07, 2014 - 5:00 PM

China also vows to assist the 12 Chinese fishermen whose ship ran aground on the Tubbataha Reef found outside the disputed South China Sea

File photo of the 12 Chinese nationals arrested for illegal fishing in Tubbataha Reef, April 2013. Photo from Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Facebook page

12 Chinese jailed for illegal fishing in Palawan

Aug 05, 2014 - 2:56 PM

The 12 were arrested at the Tubbataha Reef in April last year after their 48 meter 157 foot boat hit and badly damaged it

File photo of the 12 Chinese nationals arrested for illegal fishing in Tubbataha Reef, April 2013. Photo from Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Facebook page

ARRAS: A new way of looking at coral reefs

Jun 28, 2014 - 10:38 AM

Kites and cameras speed up marine research at Tubbataha Reef

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

A clarion call for Palawan on World Environment Day

Jun 05, 2014 - 3:14 PM

Palawan s plight is a microcosm of the current crisis of the Philippine environment Join various people s initiatives to protect the country s last frontier

SAVE PALAWAN. Coral Reefs in Ulugan Bay. Photo by  PJ Santos/Kalikasan ST

Obama's visit and the 'toxic' legacy of US bases

Apr 24, 2014 - 5:40 PM

The case of Tubbataha is as much a problem of any Filipino citizen as it is for the thousands of grassroots folks who were directly affected by the damage caused by US Navy ship to Tubbataha

'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

Rappler Newscast | January 3, 2014

Jan 03, 2014 - 9:06 PM

Lacson says victims of Yolanda to be buried by Sunday Malacanang and critics divided over scrapping SARO US yet to pay fine for Tubbataha Reef incident

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

2013 in green: Top 10 PH environmental news

Dec 27, 2013 - 9:00 AM

From devastated coral reefs to renewable energy 2013 was a rollercoaster ride for Mother Nature to say the least

PH wins seat in UN World Heritage Committee

Nov 21, 2013 - 1:38 PM

The Philippines seat in the World Heritage Committee is a recognition of the country s heritage conservation efforts says conservationist

HISTORIC CITY. Calle Crisologo is the most-visited street in UNESCO World Heritage Site Vigan City. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

5 recommended dive spots in PH

Oct 03, 2013 - 6:00 PM

Planning a diving trip? Check out our recommendations

SIGHT TO BEHOLD. A whale shark at Oslob. All photos by JB Lim

Palawan may lose UNESCO citation over planned coal plant

Oct 01, 2013 - 5:59 PM

Residents and green groups oppose the planned DMCI coal power plant in the town of Aborlan Residents of Narra also rejected the proposed plant

'NO TO COAL.' Residents and students in Aborlan, Palawan protest the proposed coal plant to be built by DMCI Power Corporation. Photo courtesy of WWF-Philippines

Chinese jailed for Tubbataha damage allowed bail

Aug 20, 2013 - 11:49 AM

A local court doubles their bail to P240 000 each

MAY POST BAIL. The 12 Chinese nationals have to pay P240,000 each to post bail. Photo from Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park Facebook page

That morning in Tubbataha

Aug 17, 2013 - 9:38 AM

Tubbataha Reef celebrated its 25th anniversary as a Marine Protected Area last August 11

FLOURISHING. Despite destruction from ships that ran aground it and illegal fishing, Tubbataha Reef is doing well. Photos by JML Tan

Appreciating Apo Reef’s understated beauty

Aug 15, 2013 - 9:00 AM

This low key destination deserves to be on the bucket list of any diving snorkeling or even beach bumming enthusiast

GIGANTIC, ABUNDANT. The world’s second largest contiguous coral reef system in the world, Apo Reef Natural Park’s seas and islands teem with marine life. All photos by Rhea Claire Madarang

What getting stuck can teach you about moving forward

Jul 08, 2013 - 11:09 AM

It’s oftentimes easy to get stuck after years of working in the same set up And it’s also easy to ignore this in most cases primarily because you feel safe

SC told: US access to bases bad for the environment

Jul 02, 2013 - 5:45 PM

Activists ask the high court to temporarily stop US military exercises and port calls until environmental guidelines duties and liability schemes are in place

URGENT: Militant groups ask the High Court to stop U.S. military exercises and port calls of U.S. warships. Screenshot of SC petition

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

Chinese deported soon? Tubbataha exec anxious

Jun 13, 2013 - 6:53 PM

The Bureau of Immigration has issued a warrant of deportation against the 12 Chinese fishermen caught in Tubbataha in April

ARRESTED. These Chinese fishermen are facing criminal and administrative charges. Photo from the Facebook account of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Navy chases boat from Tubbataha

Jun 10, 2013 - 5:01 PM

The navy deploys a gunboat and surveillance plane to Tubbataha after a suspected Vietnamese vessel was seen there

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

Hope for Tubbataha, cradle of life

Jun 08, 2013 - 12:29 PM

On World Oceans Day we have renewed hope for Tubbataha Reef s full recovery after intrusions by the USS Guardian and a Chinese poaching vessel

A NEW WORLD. The Tubbataha Reef is home to countless fish and corals. All photos by Gregg Yan

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

Celebrating PH's World Heritage sites

May 05, 2013 - 1:33 PM

This National Heritage Month discover 5 World Heritage sites Filipinos can be proud of

MARINE FEST. With the abundance of marine life in Tubbataha, don’t be surprised if you get caught it in its traffic! Photo by Yvette Lee courtesy of Tubbataha Management Office

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

Double standard in the Philippines

Apr 29, 2013 - 5:01 PM

The petition against the Guardian raises novel questions; it s the first time a claim has been raised presenting a clear nexus between the environment and foreign military troops

No compromise in Tubbataha-Chinese vessel case

Apr 20, 2013 - 3:40 PM

Malacañang dismisses suggestions that the fishermen will be released

ARRESTED. These Chinese fishermen are facing criminal and administrative charges. Photo from the Facebook account of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Chinese ship hauled off Tubbataha

Apr 19, 2013 - 7:27 PM

The 48 meter ship was hauled by a tugboat from Tubbataha

REMOVED. A file photo of the Chinese vessel that ran aground in Tubbahata and which has already been removed from the area. Photo from the Facebook account of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Chinese boat carried endangered pangolins - coast guard

Apr 15, 2013 - 11:49 AM

Wildlife officials have been informed of the surprising discovery which could lead to more charges for the 12 Chinese men arrested

Photo from the Facebook account of Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Chinese fishers charged with bribery, poaching

Apr 11, 2013 - 5:32 PM

Chinese fishermen caught poaching in Philippine waters were typically deported quickly to appease China says a lawyer

NOT AGAIN. The Chinese vessel that ran aground the Tubbataha on Tuesday, April 9. Photo from the Facebook account of Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Espionage not an issue in Tubbataha, says Palace

Apr 11, 2013 - 4:09 PM

Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang says USS Guardian and F V Min Long Yu are two separate cases

ARRESTED. The Chinese poachers are facing criminal and administrative charges. Photo from the Facebook account of the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

Rappler Newscast | April 10, 2013

Apr 10, 2013 - 8:51 PM

Court upholds Garcia plea bargain deal LP bets arrested in Sabbah to be released Chinese fishermen charged with poaching in Tubbataha