Miriam, Loren want probe into Subic waste dumping

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 12 2012 05:58 PM | Updated as of Nov 13 2012 01:58 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Senators Loren Legarda and Miriam Defensor Santiago on Monday filed resolutions seeking an investigation into the alleged dumping of waste in Subic Bay by a US Navy contractor that invoked protection under the Philippine-US Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).

Legarda was slightly ahead of Santiago, filing Resolution 894 to Santiago's resolution 895.

Legarda wants the Senate committees on foreign relations and environment and natural resources to conduct a joint inquiry in aid of legislation.

The resolution noted that on October 15, 2012, SBMA Ecology Center investigated the MT Glenn Guardian, a vessel purportedly owned by a US Navy contractor and was found to be carrying 189,500 liters of domestic waste and an estimated 760 liters of bilge water it collected from the US navy ship Emory Land. 

The ship allegedly dumped untreated wastewater 37 kilometers from Subic Bay even without the necessary permit.

The tanker's owner, Glenn Defense Marina Asia Philippines, raised a jurisdictional issue after it was sent a show-cause letter, invoking coverage of the VFA.

The resolution also noted reports of other incidents of dumping by the same company.

The Santiago resolution, meantime, noted how the captain of the ship Edilebrto Acedilla said the wastewater they carried was treated already despite tests by the SBMA showing that was not the case.

Acedilla also reportedly said this had been the usual practice of his company.

The Santiago resolution also said that Glenn Defense's certificate of registration with SBMA has no provision for waste water collection, hauling and dumping.

Both resolutions have been referred to the appropriate committees.