Financial assistance, ‘di compensation alok ng US

WELCOME development ang naging alok na financial assistance ng US sa bansa.

Tiniyak ng Malakanyang na magbibigay nga ng financial assistance ang US upang ibalik ang kagandahan ng Tubbataha Reef na sinagasa ng USS Guardian.

“That’s not compensation, that’s assistance. We still have to determine the amount of fines that are going to be imposed based on a final assessment on the damage caused to the reef and that has not been done yet,” ani Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda.

Sinabi pa nito na nagsagawa na sila ng initial dives at hanggang ngayon ay hinihintay nila ang final assessment dive na mangyayari lamang kapag na ang barko sa reef.

“So the PR that was released by US Embassy only provides what they have been doing for the past years and that’s insofar as assistance is concerned—nothing about payment of the fines,” ani Lacierda.

“They’re going to do that over and above the fines that we are going to impose based on the law that we have in place. And certainly we have seen their commitment to preserving the reef as part of their ongoing efforts, previous efforts, and certainly these are acknowledgments of the importance of the richness of the biodiversity that is found in Tubbataha Reef,” ani Sec. Lacierda.

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