5 key facts on Benham Rise
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Around a year ago, the obscure Benham Rise was catapulted to the center of national discourse, when Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana revealed the suspicious presence of Chinese vessels within our Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the Philippine Sea. Back then, the defense chief raised concerns over the possible military dimension of China’s presence in the area. Lorenzana’s misgivings unleashed a nationwide discourse on how the country should respond to the issue, since China, unlike in the West Philippine Sea, wasn’t claiming the Benham Rise per se. Not to mention, under President Rodrigo Duterte, we have been pursuing rapprochement with the Asian juggernaut, which has offered billions of dollars in infrastructure investment deals.
5 key facts on Benham Rise . (2018, February 6). Daily Guardian, p. 5.
Exclusive economic zone; Disputes; Territorial waters; Military operations; Research; Rights; Navigation; Law of the sea; United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea; Continental shelves; Natural resources; Exploration; Exploitation; International law; Land reclamation; International agreements; Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UP MSI); United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); Institute of Oceanology of Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOCAS); University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute; Duterte, Rodrigo; Lorenzana, Delfin; Roque, Harry; Cayetano, Alan Peter; Carpio, Antonio
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Tordesillas, Ellen (Malaya,
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Angelo, F. Allan L. (The Daily Guardian,
May 5, 2018, on page 4-5)Some dimwits online and elsewhere are trying to make light of Boracay Island’s environmental problems by spewing fallacies. One hilarious fallacy or lie is that lumot or green algae that bloom in the island’s shoreline are ...
De Guzman, Sara Soliven (The Philippine Star,
February 12, 2018, on page 14)Benham Rise is not subject to any maritime boundary dispute unlike the Spratly Islands in the West Philippine Sea. People and governments have started to look into this undersea region because of the possible mineral and ...