DFA: PH government will protect its sovereign rights

DFA: PH government will protect its sovereign rights Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte walked back concerns about China’s presence in an undisputed Philippine South China Sea territory on Monday, calling reports of tension “exaggerated” while demanding the navy “tell them straight that this is ours

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“Philippines can’t own Benham Rise” – China

Philippine Officials had asked China to explain the presence of a Chinese vessel cruising the waters of Benham Rise, a territory awarded and recognized by the United Nations as part of the Philippines’ national territory. Beijing responded saying that

Philippine Canadian Inquirer

PH seeks clarification from China over ship spotted in Benham Rise

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Friday, March 10, said it sent a note verbale to the Chinese embassy to clarify the reported presence of a Chinese survey ship near Benham Rise. The country’s claim to Benham Rise, an area east of …

Normangee Star

Benham Rise is ours, Digong tells China

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Monday told Beijing that it holds ownership over Benham Rise, a mineral-rich underwater land mass 250 kilometers east of Luzon, and said he would welcome “a friendly dialogue” over the presence of Chinese ships in …

The Standard

Duterte on Benham Rise issue: Things are getting great, why spoil it

President Rodrigo Duterte, during the joint press conference with Senate President Aquilino D. Pimentel III and House Speaker Pantaleon D. Alvarez today, said that there was no incursion by the Chinese side in Benham Rise because there is an agreement, …

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DFA: PH government will protect its sovereign rights

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said the Philippine government will protect the country’s sovereign rights like the Benham Rise off east of Luzon. Credit: fis-net.com / MANILA BULLETIN. DFA Spokesman and Assistant Secretary Charles …

Manila Bulletin

Wary of China, Duterte tells navy to build ‘structures’ east of Philippines

MANILA, March 13 (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the navy to put up “structures” to assert sovereignty over a stretch of water east of the country, where Manila has reported a Chinese survey ship was casing the area last year.


PH to China: Explain ship near Benham Rise

Delfin Lorenzana said the ships were seen previous year near Benham Rise – a Philippine territory 250 kilometres (155 miles) off the east coast of the main island of Luzon – as well as Reed Bank in the South China Sea, which is claimed by both Manila


PH can’t claim Benham Rise as its territory – China

MANILA – China said Philippines cannot declare Benham Rise as its own territory despite a 2012 ruling awarding the resources-rich waters as part of Philippine territory. In a news conference, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang …


Understanding the issue about Chinese survey vessels in Benham Rise

Benham Rise is an underwater plateau that stretches from the coasts of Cagayan and Bicol up to approximately 300-350 nautical miles (nm) in the Pacific Ocean. A large part of this plateau is within the 200 nm Exclusive Economic Zone and continental

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China denies exploring Benham Rise | SunStar

MANILA – Chinese Embassy on Saturday denied it intentionally sailed to Benham Rise in Eastern part of Luzon off Aurora and Quezon province, saying they simply passed by international sea. In their website, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng …


Duterte to military: Tell China in a friendly manner that Benham Rise is ours

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday directed the military to inform Chinese vessels surveying Benham Rise — in a friendly manner — that the Philippines owns the 13-million hectare undersea region and biodiversity hot spot located east of Luzon.

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Defend Benham Rise as part of PH, senator prods Duterte

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, chairman of the Senate Economic Affairs Committee, urged yesterday President Duterte to aggressively defend the undersea Benham Rise located east of Luzon following reported foreigner intrusions in the area. “We are now …

Manila Bulletin