Militant groups that filed cases before the Supreme Court (SC) to demand just compensation from the US government and the prosecution of US Navy officers after the minesweeper USS Guardian rammed the Tubattaha Reef that destroyed the natural formation, denounced yesterday the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for claiming that their suit is causing the delay in the US settlement over the incident.
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Groups blast Hernandez for Tubattaha delay quip
By Benjamin Pulta, The Daily Tribune
PH activists to Washington DC: Don’t blame us, just account and pay
MANILA, Philippines – “Why blame petitioners who had asked the Supreme Court last year to issue a Writ of Kalikasan against the US and Manila governments over the infamous grounding of USS Guardian in Tubbataha Reef National Park? This is a national foul play and a grand mockery of truth, justice and accountability.”
The damage caused by the grounding of USS Guardian on Tubbataha Natural Reef Park is bigger, far more reaching and strategically fatal to the livelihood of Filipino fishermen and to the fishing environment directly linked to the protected reef park.”
By GERRY ALBERT CORPUZ
MANILA — In the next two weeks the Filipino people will remember the first year anniversary of the grounding of the USS Guardian at Tubbataha Reef Park, which activist groups assailed as the millennium rape of the marine environment and national sovereignty.
In a press statement sent to Bulatlat.com, the fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) assailed the Office of the President and the Office of Solicitor General over the government’s lukewarm response to calls demanding for the US government to account for its crimes against the people and the environment in connection with the grounding of US minesweeper on January 17 last year.
Groups gear up for “fish war” against Palace EO declaring Yolanda damaged coasts as off limit zones
By Gerry Albert Corpuz and Jollibee Sto. Domingo
Manila, Philippines- Local chapters of the fisherfolk alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) in Eastern Samar and Leyte, Northern Negros, Panay and Northern Cebu are gearing for a major political showdown with President Benigno Simeon Aquino III concerning an ambitious plan of the national government to declare coastal areas ravaged by super typhoon Yolanda on November last year as off limit zones.
Still no answer from US on Tubbataha grounding
MANILA, Philippines – The US government has not answered a petition before the Supreme Court (SC) for the prosecution of two US Navy officials and the crew of a US Navy minesweeper for the damage to Tubbataha Reef in Palawan almost a year ago.
An SC insider told The STAR the petition is a test case, and they do not know if the US will invoke international treaties or laws or even pay attention to it.