The Tubbataha Management Office (TMO) has renewed its call for Filipinos to support its 1.5 million signature campaign to stop Sen. Antonio Trillanes’ Philippine territory protection act from being approved because it will affect many protected marine areas, including the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP). Glenda Simon, spokesperson of the Tubbataha Management Office (TMO), made the new call through the media in Palawan, calling on all Filipinos here and abroad to sign the online signature campaign in an effort to prevent the devastation of the TRNP and other protected marine areas from Trillanes’ proposed Archipelagic Sea Lane (ASL) law. She also said not only Tubbataha will be destructed by the proposed ASL, but also the Coral Triangle (CT), from whose marine diversity a lot of people are depending, including the Philippines. The CT is a “geographical term so named as it refers to a roughly triangular area of the tropical marine waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands and others.” Trillanes’ proposed ASL aims to protect the Philippine territory, claiming that the root of the problem of the territorial claim to Panatag Shoal and the West Philippines Sea (Spratly Islands) is the “scarcity of resources” that is compelling other claimant nations to look for areas where they can expand their marine jurisdictions.


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  1. I think this call and campaign of Ms. Glenda Simon of the Tubbataha Management Office is being done in bad taste and in bad faith.

    The Office of Sen. Trillanes has already spoken to the Head to the Tubbataha Management Board and has written to them expressly committing to them that their inputs will be considered and the proposed Achipelagic Base Lines (ASL) will be redrawn to avoid the Tubbataha Reef and other protected marine areas. Instead of making unnecessary noise, the best thing for them to do is to prepare an alternative ASL for the area to make sure that the same is to their satisfaction.

    There is an imperative need to define our ASL because if we fail to do so, foreign ships can just pass anywhere they like in our internal and achipelagic waters and claim “innocent passage”, a right they enjoy under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS). This was exactly the reason why the USS Guardian and a large Chinese fishing vessel ran aground at the Tubbataha reef several months ago. This will continue to happen for as long as we do not have our ASL, thus, resulting to more damage to protected marine areas like the Tubbataha reef.

  2. I read on some article na wala namang bad intension si Trillanes on the said bill eh. And as fas as i know very much open si Trillanes sa pag revise ng bill na yan. Open din sila for consultation sa mga expert.