Benham gets renamed; Beijing sidesteps threat
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President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order officially renaming Benham Rise to “Philippine Rise” to use the resource-rich territory off the coast of Aurora province. He signed Executive Order 25 on May 16 renaming the 13-million-hectare area undersea landmass off Aurora. Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, who led a three-day expedition aboard the M/V DA-BFAR early this month, said his department wanted to focus on exploring the region’s potentials for food security.
Bencito, J. P., Fabunan, S. S. D., & Araneta, M. C. (2017, May 23). Benham gets renamed; Beijing sidesteps threat. Manila Standard, pp. A1, A2.
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Disputes; Territorial waters; Exclusive economic zone; Food security; Continental shelves; United Nations (UN); Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf; Duterte, Rodrigo; Xi, Jinping; Li, Keqiang; del Rosario, Albert; Carpio, Antonio; Lacson, Panfilo; Drilon, Franklin; Pangilinan, Francis; Piñol, Emmanuel
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