posted on Jan, 23 2013 @ 10:38 PM
The Tubbataha Management Office, which is charged with the protection of the reefs, said the USS Guardian did not have a permit to enter the park, and
that the ship’s officers ignored marine park rangers when told that they were entering a protected area. When the rangers warned the
ship’s officers that they would be boarding it, the ship’s crew took battle positions with their weapons, forcing the rangers to back
But the Palace insists there was nothing irregular in the USS Guardian’s actions, and that it was simply on its way to a port
call in Puerto Princesa.
“There was a request made and the request was granted,” the Palace spokesman said, glossing over the fact that the US warship had no permission to
enter the protected waters on its way to the port call.
Sounds like something pretty important was going on. A secret military operation in collaboration with the Philippine government perhaps? Just a few
weeks back, a US navy "target" drone washed ashore along the coast of Masbate island, also in the Philippines.
MANILA, Philippines -- An unarmed target drone found in central Philippine waters was launched from a U.S. Navy ship during a combat exercise off Guam
last year and may have been washed by ocean currents to the country, officials said Tuesday. U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Bettina Malone said the BQM-74E
drone was launched from the USS Chafee, a guided-missile destroyer, as a mock missile target during naval combat exercises off Guam's coast in
So apparently, the target drone had no surveillance capabilities and came all the way from a Guam exercise back in September 2012. Back in July 2012,
off the west coast of Palawan island (in Half Moon Shoal near the disputed Spratly Islands), a Chinese navy frigate also ran aground and got stuck
there for quite some time.
MANILA, Philippines - The Chinese naval frigate stranded in Half Moon Shoal was rescued on Sunday, July 15, after the Philippine military had spotted
a number of Chinese boats in the area. "Around 5am of July 15, the grounded frigate near Nansha’s Half Moon Shoal was refloated successfully, with
minor damage in the stem part," said a statement posted on the website of the Chinese embassy in Manila.
There was talk of a small US command post being constructed somewhere in Palawan though. That was a year ago, so I wouldn't be surprised if there is
one already in existence by now.
Guam - Japan's Kyodo News Service is reporting that a contingent of U.S. Marines is planing to set up an "advance command post" on the Western
Philippine island of Palawan facing the South China Sea. According to Kyodo, the plan calls for stationing 50 to 60 American marines on Palawan. The
news agency quotes an un-named "senior Philippine marine officer". Construction on the command Post is slated to begin this month ahead of the
annual Philippine-U.S. amphibious landing exercise in Palawan, reports Kyodo.
I have no doubt that a lot of undisclosed events and operations are going on in that area, as governments don't really report each and every detail
to the public, for strategic and security reasons. One thing's for sure, these type of events contribute to more paranoia in the region.