Philippines to seek damages for US navy ship mishap
MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines will seek damages from the United States after a navy ship ran aground on a coral reef in a protected marine reserve, an official said today.
The USS Guardian remained trapped today on the Tubbataha Reef, about 130km south-east of the western island of Palawan, even after most of its crew members were removed in a bid to get it refloated.
Philippine officials said the 68 metre minesweeper, based in Susebo, southern Japan, was destroying coral in the Unesco World Heritage Site where entry is restricted and permits are required.
Philippine Foreign Undersecretary Raul Hernandez said the US, the country's main defence ally, had provided some information on the incident but that Manila would conduct its own probe.