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Philippines chases boat from UN-protected reef

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The Philippine Navy deployed a gunboat and a surveillance plane to a World Heritage-listed marine sanctuary after a suspected Vietnamese fishing vessel was seen there, authorities said Monday. 

A Philippine coastguard check a fishing boat in the waters off Manila Bay, on June 27, 2009. The Philippine Navy has deployed a gunboat and a surveillance plane to a World Heritage-listed marine sanctuary after a suspected Vietnamese fishing vessel was seen at the Tubbataha Reef.

The incident came a month after a Filipino coastguard vessel opened fire on a Taiwanese fishing vessel near an island in the northern Philippines, killing a crew member and sparking a diplomatic row with Taiwan.

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