Philippines fines US Navy for ‘illegal entry’

The Inquirer:

The Philippines has fined the US Navy for “unauthorized entry” after an American minesweeper went aground on Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park in the Sulu Sea.

The 68-meter USS Guardian had been stuck in Tubbataha Reefs, a Unesco World Heritage Site, since Jan. 17.

The Tubbataha Protected Area Management Board, of which WWF-Philippines is a member, was poised to send out the Notice of Violation informing the US government of its transgressions, including penalties, on Tuesday afternoon, said Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan, WWF-Philippines vice chairman and chief executive officer.

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