After US ship, Chinese vessel hits Ph...

After US ship, Chinese vessel hits Philippine reef

There are 119 comments on the SFGate story from Apr 9, 2013, titled After US ship, Chinese vessel hits Philippine reef. In it, SFGate reports that:

A suspected Chinese fishing vessel with 12 crewmen has run aground in a protected coral reef in the southwestern Philippines, where a U.S. Navy minesweeper got stuck and had to be dismantled recently, officials said Tuesday.

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crystal

Burnaby, Canada

#44 Apr 15, 2013
Philippines 'discovers rare pangolins' on Chinese ship
A Chinese fishing vessel is stranded after it ran aground at the Tubbataha reef in the Sulu Sea, Palawan province, 10 April 10 2013 The Chinese ship ran aground Philippine reefs on 8 April
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Hundreds of protected pangolins were found on a Chinese fishing vessel that ran aground last week on the Tubbataha reef, Philippine officials say.

The vessel's hold contained at least 400 boxes of the dead animals, also called scaly anteaters, officials said.

The pangolin is highly prized for its meat and scales in China, and for its supposed medicinal properties.

Twelve 12 Chinese fishermen have been detained. In January a US navy vessel also ran aground on the same reef.

The Chinese vessel crashed into the Tubbataha reefs in the Sulu Sea, a Unesco World Heritage site, on 8 April.

"We found 400 boxes containing anteaters aboard the vessel, and we are now determining where these came from," coast guard spokesman, Lt Cdr Armand Balilo, told AFP news agency on Monday.
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Pangolins sell for hundreds of dollars per kilogram in China and are protected in many Asian countries.

The 12 Chinese fishermen, currently detained on Palawan island, could be fined or jailed if they are found guilty of poaching. They also face attempted bribery charges.

More charges may be brought following the discovery of the pangolins.

The boat is the seventh Chinese fishing vessel caught in the area since 2002, according to a statement from Tubbataha Reefs National Park.

The USS Guardian also struck the reef south-east of Palawan island on 17 January.

The ship was dismantled to minimise damage to the reef and the US has apologised for the accident. Four navy officers on the minesweeper were relieved of their duties.

The Philippines and China have territorial disputes in the South China Sea, and engaged in a lengthy stand-off over the Scarborough shoal last year.

However, the Tubbataha reefs lie within Philippine territory, and are not considered a disputed area.

According to Unesco, the Tubbataha Reefs National Park is home to a great diversity of marine life. Whales, dolphins, sharks and turtles are among species found there.

Since: Apr 12

Location hidden

#45 Apr 15, 2013
Tubbataha Reefs, ja, ja, turtles, ja ja, Unesco, ja, ja, chinese gonna eat everything.
Jean Hipolito Cebu Ci

Philippines

#46 Apr 15, 2013
Don the American wrote:
<quoted text>
So funny it hurts. Cant afford the electric to protect the country. Lololol!!!!
I hate the uproar some Filipinos are making about the recent grounding of a Chinese vessel. Just a bunch of rubble rousers maybe, but being lenient with the intruders is simply ridiculous. Weather they are fishermen or spies, doe not matter here. Make them pay for the damage.
crystal

Burnaby, Canada

#47 Apr 16, 2013
Jean Hipolito Cebu Ci wrote:
<quoted text> I hate the uproar some Filipinos are making about the recent grounding of a Chinese vessel. Just a bunch of rubble rousers maybe, but being lenient with the intruders is simply ridiculous. Weather they are fishermen or spies, doe not matter here. Make them pay for the damage.
Wow!! Don the American , the up-roaring guy!

Chinese fishermen were checking on USS Guardian?
By Marlon Ramos, Jerry E. Esplanada
Philippine Daily Inquirer
4:12 am | Monday, April 15th, 2013
2 100 4

MANILA, Philippines—The Chinese crew of a fishing boat that ran aground on Tubbataha Reef last week could have been checking to see if the Americans had installed “military equipment” in the protected marine sanctuary where a US Navy minesweeper got stuck on an atoll nearly three months ago, a Philippine military officer said Sunday.

The officer, who asked not to be named for lack of authority to talk to the media, said it was possible the 12 Chinese nationals on board the Ming Long Yu were “Chinese soldiers who were sent on a mission.”

“This is just one of several possibilities the Philippine government should look into. The Chinese boat could have been part of a Chinese military operation,” the officer told the Inquirer.

The source, who was familiar with previous incidents of Chinese military intrusions in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), said there were several indications the 48-meter-long Ming Long Yu was “not a fishing boat.”

“As has been noted, the Chinese boat was not like the fishing vessels used by Chinese poachers who were arrested in Palawan. It was not carrying ice to preserve their catch. It did not have refrigerated storage,” he said. It was also noted that the men had “flawless” complexions, not the dark leathered skin of fishermen.

He said there was “speculation” the Chinese military sent the 12 “fishermen” to conduct an inspection of the area where the USS Guardian ran aground on Jan. 17 and remained stranded for two and a half months. The last piece of the US Navy vessel was finally removed just over a week before the Ming Long Yu hit an atoll in another part of Tubbataha on April 8.

“The Chinese might have been checking to see if the Guardian had been really removed from the reef. Maybe they suspected the Americans had installed some military equipment there,” he said.

Anteaters

Meanwhile, some 400 boxes containing an undisclosed number of anteaters were found in one of the cargo holds of the Ming Long Yu.

This was disclosed Sunay by Lt. Commander Armand Balilo, spokesman of the Philippine Coast Guard, citing a report from a PCG team investigating the vessel’s grounding.

In a text message to the Inquirer, Balilo said the boxes weighed 25 to 30 kilos each.

Coast Guard personnel at the reef also reported that they failed in their initial attempt to refloat the Chinese vessel.

“The PCG team has asked for a tugboat to assist them in the boat extraction operation,” Balilo said.

Martin Nuke

Philippines

#48 Apr 17, 2013
There are many anteaters in Palawan and Pinoys are not fond eating them but the Chinese are willing to pay lots of money just to eat them. This may just be a tip of the iceberg they maybe professional anteater poachers from China who had been doing this for years already.
Jaimie

Madison, WI

#50 Apr 19, 2013
China? kind of a joke, Asia always trying to harm people. If they can not aquire the objects and treasures nobody can, then when you give it to them they have to aquire the most corrupted in existence or the most innocent.

Most of innocence as the Amulets were created as the likeness of insect and molecule testimony, they keep coming up short on completion and try to kill people again, thinking source is in amnother nation, POOP of the insect or molecule will assist find the insect blood or molecule blood of most innocent or corrupted of its own species to assist.

Nothing to get aszy over Americans have to think of it all. That is sad to assist someone who cant think fast or secure enough(random pot shots).
amc

Quezon City, Philippines

#51 Apr 20, 2013
Martin Nuke wrote:
There are many anteaters in Palawan and Pinoys are not fond eating them but the Chinese are willing to pay lots of money just to eat them. This may just be a tip of the iceberg they maybe professional anteater poachers from China who had been doing this for years already.
its the scales of the animal that they are after. worth much more than the meat. the meat will be used of course, but the scales are like the antlers and gall bladders of deer and bear that are so highly prized by the foolish chinese as aphrodisiacs.

for years now the chinese have purchased the entire collection of antlers that the BSA collect every year and auction off. they out bid all comers.

they have managed to find unscrupulous American hunters who are more than willing to get them what they need including the gall bladders and paws of illegally killed bears as well.

if we could some how prove that dead asians make the best aphrodisiacs then chinas population would be reduced dramatically.
lol

San Francisco, CA

#52 Apr 20, 2013
Jean Hipolito Cebu Ci wrote:
<quoted text> I hate the uproar some Filipinos are making about the recent grounding of a Chinese vessel. Just a bunch of rubble rousers maybe, but being lenient with the intruders is simply ridiculous. Weather they are fishermen or spies, doe not matter here. Make them pay for the damage.
let them rumble, they can't do anything, better than bombs!

Since: Feb 11

Nearer than you would like

#53 Apr 20, 2013
I just find it funny that another ship runs aground in the protected area and the cries of rage are quelled. When the U.S. naval vessel did the same I reminded the board that this happens all of the time. Philippine vessels account for the vast majority of incidents but largely ignored by the 'blame game' crowd.
Jaimie

Madison, WI

#54 Apr 20, 2013
amc wrote:
<quoted text>
its the scales of the animal that they are after. worth much more than the meat. the meat will be used of course, but the scales are like the antlers and gall bladders of deer and bear that are so highly prized by the foolish chinese as aphrodisiacs.
for years now the chinese have purchased the entire collection of antlers that the BSA collect every year and auction off. they out bid all comers.
they have managed to find unscrupulous American hunters who are more than willing to get them what they need including the gall bladders and paws of illegally killed bears as well.
if we could some how prove that dead asians make the best aphrodisiacs then chinas population would be reduced dramatically.
Japan made a bid on Wisconsin for Mullusks research and worm. Catologing where found and what their mature pattern of lifetime was for gold dust and other minerals found within it. The old Urchins prejurassic and bugs found in fossils have beginning roots to existence and they need to hollow out the root stemsto aquire mineral and sperm and ovum sources for meditational digestion practices.
Jaimie

Madison, WI

#55 Apr 20, 2013
Madison Mayor Solglin does Fighter plane sales form truax campus and other sites, since him and his family obtained status they sell informaiton and land to JAPAN and if a MAN of status has a complaint, he can MAKE A APPOINTMENT to discuss like a real man, or he is seen more competent to affairs of people as you see, he seperates BISHOP from FBI and secret Service and has power to make men retire (DEAD) and excuse from their posts.

COncourse Hotel walls used to open and the men in conference talk loud, SHHHH so nobody sees The wall in the alley behind COncourse a door opens form Museum and Hotel and those transactions occur after 9 pm that I seen.

When you look at the front desk the office on the left behind the desk is full of TV screens form all the video cameras in and out of the hotel, the cameras went invisable one day as well as the monitors but the men locked themselfs in the office trying to determine what comes next,, what about their checks, are their homes still their when they leave from work.

HAppens everytime city or UW has construction on campus locations WIERD Like a speed so fast you cant see but computers are mandated left on after hours and lights around property and in most offices period. WEIRD SCIENCE All court and fbi and building developments when the town feels lathargic and slow the building makes itself in evening hours, only a coupel laborers during the day to assemble protducts on levels thats it.
lol

San Francisco, CA

#56 Apr 20, 2013
amc wrote:
<quoted text>
touche`.. see the little accent? lesson. if you will copy the words of others and use them please look them up and use them correctly.
what you are trying to say isnt working well for you.
why are you touche? no no no why are you touchy? yes yes yes
or simply touche`. a one word sentence. its french?
dont be so touchy.
copy cat, if you're smart, be original. if you're concern of the touche, let me call you "ouche"......
lol

San Francisco, CA

#57 Apr 20, 2013
ChaunceyGardiner wrote:
I just find it funny that another ship runs aground in the protected area and the cries of rage are quelled. When the U.S. naval vessel did the same I reminded the board that this happens all of the time. Philippine vessels account for the vast majority of incidents but largely ignored by the 'blame game' crowd.
the "blame game' crowd is reacting as what other crowds in other countries would do. Fortunately, they're not bomb threat...so let them cry and rage....that's their problem, if you care too much, go and challenge them..........lollllllllllllll llllllllllllllll

The World is getting crazy; so many angry people ...might be the toxic air ..
amc

Quezon City, Philippines

#58 Apr 20, 2013
lol wrote:
<quoted text>
the "blame game' crowd is reacting as what other crowds in other countries would do. Fortunately, they're not bomb threat...so let them cry and rage....that's their problem, if you care too much, go and challenge them..........lollllllllllllll llllllllllllllll
The World is getting crazy; so many angry people ...might be the toxic air ..
the idiot speaks her words of wisdom. then tell us oh wise one why now no flips are crying for reparations and extortion for the damages to the reef by the chinese?
xyz

UK

#59 Apr 20, 2013
lol wrote:
<quoted text>
copy cat, if you're smart, be original. if you're concern of the touche, let me call you "ouche"......
Lola is rapping and scrathing for her new album titled "ouche"

Since: Feb 11

Nearer than you would like

#61 Apr 21, 2013
lol wrote:
<quoted text>
the "blame game' crowd is reacting as what other crowds in other countries would do.
Really? Really? LOL!

You are pitiful.
Fortunately, they're not bomb threat...so let them cry and rage....that's their problem, if you care too much, go and challenge them..........lollllllllllllll llllllllllllllll
The World is getting crazy; so many angry people ...might be the toxic air ..
You really should never have used shabu. Your mind is truly wrecked.

A Chinese vessel ran aground in a Philippine protected area. When it was noted that Filipino vessels regularly run aground there, you claimed it was tolerable because it is their reef. LOL!
lol

San Francisco, CA

#62 Apr 21, 2013
amc wrote:
<quoted text>
the idiot speaks her words of wisdom. then tell us oh wise one why now no flips are crying for reparations and extortion for the damages to the reef by the chinese?
LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL, thank you for acknowledging my words of wisdom..

If you can't bear the crying , wise up and join them! lollllllllllllllllllllll
lol

San Francisco, CA

#63 Apr 21, 2013
ChaunceyGardiner wrote:
<quoted text>
Really? Really? LOL!
You are pitiful.
<quoted text>
You really should never have used shabu. Your mind is truly wrecked.
A Chinese vessel ran aground in a Philippine protected area. When it was noted that Filipino vessels regularly run aground there, you claimed it was tolerable because it is their reef. LOL!
uppppppppppppppp, you're talking about shabu now...If you can't tolerate the noise...try closing your ears if you have nothing better to comment as diplomat. Besides, a diplomat should use his time contributing his "intellect" to the right people or if really a diplomat is so expert on everything ....the government will be wanting your skills in the government even you're retired...

or like Candeleeza Rice who is now playing golf....and has no idea what Topix is....

too much farting of being a diplomat...
lol

San Francisco, CA

#64 Apr 21, 2013
xyz wrote:
<quoted text>
Lola is rapping and scrathing for her new album titled "ouche"
and you can't contribute something original but a little tiny weeny pest..........ouche!
lol

San Francisco, CA

#65 Apr 21, 2013
Jaimie wrote:
China? kind of a joke, Asia always trying to harm people. If they can not aquire the objects and treasures nobody can, then when you give it to them they have to aquire the most corrupted in existence or the most innocent.
Most of innocence as the Amulets were created as the likeness of insect and molecule testimony, they keep coming up short on completion and try to kill people again, thinking source is in amnother nation, POOP of the insect or molecule will assist find the insect blood or molecule blood of most innocent or corrupted of its own species to assist.
Nothing to get aszy over Americans have to think of it all. That is sad to assist someone who cant think fast or secure enough(random pot shots).
Jamie, they're called customs and traditions...you can find that nowadays all over the world ...TATOOO's all over the body, hands, etc., rings in tongue, ears, nose, eyelids.... no difference from the oldies...

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