Philippines asking $1.4 mn from US fo...

Philippines asking $1.4 mn from US for reef damage

There are 120 comments on the Yahoo! story from Apr 6, 2013, titled Philippines asking $1.4 mn from US for reef damage. In it, Yahoo! reports that:

The Philippines will ask the United States to pay 58 million pesos in compensation for damage caused by a US warship to a protected coral reef, the manager of the reef said Saturday.

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amc

Quezon City, Philippines

#1 Apr 6, 2013
my wife says ok fine. we will pay it , just give us a receipt and dont ask for any future aid.

all sales final.
Ozzy

Catskill, NY

#2 Apr 6, 2013
There is no doubt that US would voluntarily offer any repair necessary but it is pretty ungrateful for Philippine government to ask for it.

“curvy&loving it”

Since: Feb 13

Philippines

#3 Apr 6, 2013
Just curious, what was your ship doing in that area? Its been declared as a habitat and sanctuary for the fish and corals,only small boat go there, not a big tanker. when local authorities are asking the US soldier they were barred to enter the ship and after all the incident the commanding officers left for the states, no explanation, Until now its a big mystery.

It remind me so much of the movie Nemo, after he was taken by the divers, one the fish said "its probably American, they think they own everything."

Before someone attack me here, I have nothing against Americans, its just very weird. I bet if that happens in hawaii or guam, its gonna be all over the news and every citizen in the US is crying for justice.
Ozzy

Catskill, NY

#4 Apr 6, 2013
First of all, this will be a non-story in the US. 1.4m for the government is pocket change. There is no "justice" to be crying for here unless you are Pinoy thinking the US wont pay for what they damaged.

But according to the story I read before, the map was wrong. I have no idea how or why they had a bad map but apparently that is what happened. This is real life, not a Disney cartoon.

But as a US citizen, Id be perfectly fine about the US bringing all their ships home from that area and putting all those countries at the mercy of the larger and more powerful. I actually love the country and most of the people are wonderful but the whiners are tiresome.

Your view of Americans are skewed, Curvypinay. If this happened in Guam or Hawaii, there would be a few tree huggers to complain but most everyone will just have a 10 second thought and then on with their lives.

Since: Apr 09

Philippines

#5 Apr 6, 2013
curvypinay wrote:
Just curious, what was your ship doing in that area? Its been declared as a habitat and sanctuary for the fish and corals,only small boat go there, not a big tanker. when local authorities are asking the US soldier they were barred to enter the ship and after all the incident the commanding officers left for the states, no explanation, Until now its a big mystery.
It remind me so much of the movie Nemo, after he was taken by the divers, one the fish said "its probably American, they think they own everything."
Before someone attack me here, I have nothing against Americans, its just very weird. I bet if that happens in hawaii or guam, its gonna be all over the news and every citizen in the US is crying for justice.
The ship was a mine sweeper aiding the Philippines in the protection against China. We spend hundreds of million protecting them because their too corrupt to maintain a military.

This is how they thank us. In the past year we have saved hundreds of lives during typhoons, search and rescue, medical, food and shelter. Know what it it cost us to deploy and help them? This is how they thank us. They say the U.S. must be punished and fined. Arrogant ungrateful azzholes.

I say pull out and never come back. Next major typhoon watch the news all of them screaming "where is the U.S." I see it over and over again. They beg for our help afterwards they protest us and at the same time try to scam us for all the money they can get.

Since: Dec 12

Melbourne, Australia

#6 Apr 6, 2013
Why does America destroy everything they touch? Are they cursed?

Since: Apr 12

Location hidden

#7 Apr 6, 2013
He had black hair, not too tall, and brown complection:
http://www.theage.com.au/world/man-53-killed-...
Ozzy

Catskill, NY

#8 Apr 6, 2013
"Why does America destroy everything they touch? Are they cursed?"

Because everyone BEGS the US for help...out of the billions of US dollars spent to help everyone, there are bound to be a few mishaps. Nothing is perfect.

US is butter spread over too much bread because others are begging for US to be there.
Balasubas

Glendora, CA

#9 Apr 6, 2013
Don the American wrote:
<quoted text>
The ship was a mine sweeper aiding the Philippines in the protection against China. We spend hundreds of million protecting them because their too corrupt to maintain a military.
This is how they thank us. In the past year we have saved hundreds of lives during typhoons, search and rescue, medical, food and shelter. Know what it it cost us to deploy and help them? This is how they thank us. They say the U.S. must be punished and fined. Arrogant ungrateful azzholes.
I say pull out and never come back. Next major typhoon watch the news all of them screaming "where is the U.S." I see it over and over again. They beg for our help afterwards they protest us and at the same time try to scam us for all the money they can get.
true but, why did the CO of the ship did not obey and listen to the park rangers when they warned him of his entry and not to proceed, instead he said call the US embassy. I like seeing the US helping the Philippines but if they think they can be immune to the laws then I rather prefer to see the US aid stop in the Philippines so the country will learn to survive on its own. and what happened to that CO? was he disciplined for his arrogance and destroying an ecosystem? if he was disciplined and demoted that is enough for me. there is no need for a fine. but yes its better the US leave and let the Filipinos defend themselves and learn the hard way, because I hate those crooks embedded in the system with impunity and culture. even better let North korea nuke Philippines so they can start from square one. lollllllll
idiots united

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Apr 6, 2013
The rare old very valuable baseball card is selling for 2.1 million bucks but they are only paying 1.4 million buffs for the damaged reefs which is going to be used for repair ofm damages why that's so cheapo man. WTF why is the world so idiotic?
well

Hamilton, Canada

#12 Apr 6, 2013
US should ask to get back hundreds of millions of dollars (if not more) they gave to Philippines until now. It's funny how beggars become choosers.

Since: Apr 09

Philippines

#13 Apr 6, 2013
well wrote:
US should ask to get back hundreds of millions of dollars (if not more) they gave to Philippines until now. It's funny how beggars become choosers.
After ten here I view things one way now "THEY OWE US". They owe us for the millions we gave them, they owe us for providing security, they us for saving their asses during natural disasters, they owe us all the weapons we gave them.

Philippines owes the U.S. period!!!!
idiots united

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Apr 6, 2013
well wrote:
US should ask to get back hundreds of millions of dollars (if not more) they gave to Philippines until now. It's funny how beggars become choosers.
Hey idiot chink gook in cvanada yourt rumblings are so futile.
idiots united

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Apr 6, 2013
Don the American wrote:
<quoted text>
After ten here I view things one way now "THEY OWE US". They owe us for the millions we gave them, they owe us for providing security, they us for saving their asses during natural disasters, they owe us all the weapons we gave them.
Philippines owes the U.S. period!!!!
Maybe the US should pay you and amc andf p yankee with the 2.1 mullion dollatrs baseball card but you have to give back all the change. bwahahahahhhhhhh!

Since: Dec 12

Australia

#16 Apr 6, 2013
Ozzy wrote:
"Why does America destroy everything they touch? Are they cursed?"
Because everyone BEGS the US for help...out of the billions of US dollars spent to help everyone, there are bound to be a few mishaps. Nothing is perfect.
US is butter spread over too much bread because others are begging for US to be there.
I think you are right Ozzy. America is weak and spreading themselves too thin. They are living in the past and the past is catching up with them. The fiscal cliff is looming. Are they the next Cyprus? Or will China continue to own them.

Sad to hear about the Australian murdered in Olongapo. Personally, I wouldn't want the headache of running a business in Philippines. It increases the risks of kidnap or murder.

Since: Apr 12

Location hidden

#17 Apr 6, 2013
Christopher I think, thinks he'll be better off with china take over. Known protestors / former-protesters that stood in US Embassy line when hope of getting VISA here.

Maybe that blow hard Kim will nuke the whole Southeast Asia, and the States won't have to hear their whining any more.

Since: Apr 09

Philippines

#18 Apr 6, 2013
idiots united wrote:
<quoted text> Maybe the US should pay you and amc andf p yankee with the 2.1 mullion dollatrs baseball card but you have to give back all the change. bwahahahahhhhhhh!
Truth hurts don't it. We want our money back. Pay up!!!!! Better yet start paying for your military. Typhoon season soon, better not see you crying for our help.

We hurt your reef? You hurt our tax payers beggars. Pay for our help for now on.
idiots united

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Apr 6, 2013
Don the American wrote:
<quoted text>
Truth hurts don't it. We want our money back. Pay up!!!!! Better yet start paying for your military. Typhoon season soon, better not see you crying for our help.
We hurt your reef? You hurt our tax payers beggars. Pay for our help for now on.
You're talikng from makati philippines to someone from the USA of course you should realize who's the real american here. You are what you eat not where you think you were born which reminds me the born in the USA swong is real funny song meant to politicize a song for sell of course. Truth hurts indeed LOL!.
crystal

Burnaby, Canada

#20 Apr 6, 2013
Don the American wrote:
<quoted text>
After ten here I view things one way now "THEY OWE US". They owe us for the millions we gave them, they owe us for providing security, they us for saving their asses during natural disasters, they owe us all the weapons we gave them.
Philippines owes the U.S. period!!!!
Actually , you are wrong. Not all the times USA help Philippines during disaster.

PH has enough funds for disaster response, says Belmonte
By Cynthia D. Balana
Philippine Daily Inquirer
9:18 pm | Saturday, October 15th, 2011

MANILA, Philippines – The country will have enough funds for next year’s disaster response to meet the challenges brought about by climate change and natural calamities, according to Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr.

Belmonte said the proposed P1.816 trillion national budget for 2012 that was passed on third and final reading by the House of Representatives last week contained enough provisions for the calamity fund.

Thus, Belmonte said there was no need to increase the calamity fund, sourced from the government’s five percent savings, despite the typhoons and other natural disasters that struck the country this year.

Congress allots P2 billion annually to the NATIONAL CALAMITY FUND , which can only be released upon the recommendation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The World Risk Index 2011 report ranked the Philippines as the third “most vulnerable” to disaster risks and natural hazards such as typhoons, earthquakes and tsunami among the 173 countries covered by the study. The most vulnerable are the South Pacific island states of Vanuatu and Tonga.

According to the Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, an average of 20 typhoons enter the country each year, displacing millions of Filipinos and leaving a trail of death, injury and damage to property running into the billions of pesos.

During the United Nations Human Settlement’s (UN-Habitat) 6th Asian City Journalists Conference in Fukuoka early this month, Prof. Rajob Shaw of the International Environmental and Disaster Management Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies at the Kyoto University said the Philippine model on disaster response must be replicated in Japan and elsewhere in the world.

Shaw said the Philippines was ahead of Japan and other countries prone to natural disasters in terms of system preparedness, governance and youth participation in mitigating the impact of climate change on people and property.

He specifically cited the availability of the calamity fund in every layer of the government, which he described as a “very important governance structure.”

Nearly half of the calamity fund serves as a quick-response fund of the national government, while the other half is allocated for various projects related to disaster response. A portion of the fund is also spent on rebuilding infrastructure damaged by storms.

Belmonte said the government could always find ways to channeling more money from other sources to augment the calamity fund.

He said there was also a budget for climate change mitigation.

- Plus the Aid from around the world because Philippines is a member Of United Nations ( Stop cockling your mouth, You are so clueless when it comes to disasters ).
Ozzy

Catskill, NY

#21 Apr 6, 2013
Philippines accepted 11.9 million US for military aid in 2011 and 30 million US in 2012 according to TIME Magazine.

I was unable to find the amount that Philippines receives from the US but I did find that the US gave 25 BILLION US Dollars in foreign aid in 2009. I would imagine the number in 2012 is similar. It sometimes takes a couple years for these numbers to be released and 2009 was the most recent I could find.

Yet, people still want to complain about the US.

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