Screenshot from Benham Bank Expedition documentary of Oceana Philippines
MANILA, Philippines — Benham rise is part of the Philippine territory.
President Rodrigo Duterte insisted this claim in a speech he made in Davao before leaving for Saudi Arabia on an official visit.
That is why upon his return from his visit to the Middle East, he will sign an executive order replacing the name of Benham rise.
“I will rename it Philippine Ridge as our exclusive property,” said President Duterte.
He has previously directed the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to build a structure on Benham rise to show the Philippine’s sovereignty in other places.
The President assures he does not intend to place warfare equipment on the island territories of the country.
He also said there must be balance in the area.
“We do not mean harm to China. We are friends, as a matter of fact…When the spectacle of a war is gone, nothing is dangerous to the Philippines. China can relax. We are friends. We will not go to war with you. We’re just trying to maintain the balance of the geopolitical situation there,” clarified Duterte.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying hopes that the Philippines continues with its good ties with China and a peaceful resolve to the maritime dispute in the South China Sea. — UNTV News & Rescue
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