PH has sovereign rights over Benham Rise: Justice Carpio
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While Benham Rise is not part of Philippine national territory, “we have sovereign rights over it because we have exclusive right to explore and exploit the oil, gas and other mineral resources in the area,” Supreme Court Senior Justice Antonio T. Carpio said yesterday. Carpio was part of the Philippine delegation that argued before the United Nations’ Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in 2015 and has been tapped by President Duterte as consultant in the territorial issues with China. In a statement, Carpio said: “Benham rise is not part of Philippine national territory because we do not have sovereignty over Benham Rise. However, we have sovereign rights (less than sovereignty) over Benham Rise because we have exclusive right to explore and exploit the oil, gas and other mineral resources in Benham Rise which has been confirmed by the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf as part of the Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) of the Philippines.
Panaligan, R. G., Kabiling, G. D., Torregoza, H. L., & Wakefield, F. T. (2017, March 15). PH has sovereign rights over Benham Rise: Justice Carpio. Manila Bulletin, p. 4.
Territorial waters; Disputes; Exclusive rights; Oil and gas exploration; Mineral resources; International law; Law of the sea; Continental shelves; Research; Water salinization; Water currents; Navigation; United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea; Oceanographic surveys; Natural resources; Military operations; Jurisdiction; Exclusive economic zone; Bilateral agreements; Artificial islands; Exploration; Marine resources; Ecotourism; Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA); Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf; United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); Benham Rise Development Authority (BRDA); Carpio, Antonio; Lorenzana, Delfin; Angara, Sonny; Recto, Ralph
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