US has not paid tubbataha fine
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Almost a year after an American warship ran aground on an atoll of the Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Sea, the US government has yet to pay the fine imposed by the Philippines for the damage to the environment. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said Thursday that the fine amounted to P58.3 million, imposed after a determination of the damage caused by the grounding of the USS Guardian on the Tubbataha Reefs, a protected World Heritage Site. “According to Director Lim, nothing has been paid yet,” Environment Secretary Ramon Paje said in a text message to the Inquirer, referring to a statement from Theresa Mundita Lim, head of the Biodiversity Management Bureau (formerly the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau).
Yap, D., & Quismundo T. (2014, January 3). US has not paid tubbataha fine. Philippine Daily Inquire, pp. A1, A13.
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Defence craft; Governments; Protected areas; Environmental restoration; Coral reefs; Environmental legislation; Environments; Environmental protection; Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB); Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); US Navy; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya); Lim, Theresa Mundita; Hernandez, Raul; Swift, Scott; Rice, Mark; France, Salvador; de Lima, Leila
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