Official Statement: Tubbataha Protected Area Management Board
January 26, 2013
News Updates/ Pro-Environment Products
22 January 2013
An unfortunate incident that no one wanted to happen . .. but damage has been done. Someone has to pay for the damages.
Under Republic Act 10067, it is the TPAMB’s mandate to protect, preserve and promote the resources of Tubbataha Reef. We are duty-bound to enforce the law.
In order to fulfill our mandate and uphold the rule of law, it is the TPAMBs intention to serve the US Navy with a formal notice listing violations of the above law in the grounding incident of January 17 involving the USS Guardian.
We will ask them to take responsibility, and immediately pay the fines that can be estimated at this time.
The violations that are evident at this time, include the following:
NON-PAYMENT OF CONSERVATION FEE
OBSTRUCTION OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
DAMAGES TO THE REEF
These actions are being done without prejudice to the results of subsequent assessments that have yet to be done to determine the extent of damage to the Park and its resources as a direct result of the 17 January grounding, as well as incidental damage arising from ongoing retrieval operations.
Subsequent to ship retrieval / and the assessment of Park damage, the TPAMB intends to serve a second formal notice of violation to the US Navy, that will quantify the estimate of destruction and the fines that must be paid.