Benham Rise: Nurturing our God-given blessings
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There should be no problem for the Philippines over Benham Rise because (1) the Philippines is the sole claimant; and (2) the U.N. Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS) ruled in 2012 that Benham Rise is part of the Philippines’ Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). It is not Philippine territory – we have no ”sovereignty” over it, but we have “sovereign rights” – exclusive rights to explore and exploit the oil, gas, and other natural resources in that undersea plateau which is as big as Luzon (if not bigger). It is only to the east of Luzon (Pacific Ocean side) where we have no rival claimant. We should be thankful we have Benham Rise to ourselves, to develop as a new source of natural resources for Philippine industry and progress.
Ramos, F. (2017, April 2). Benham Rise: nurturing our God-given blessings. Manila Bulletin, pp. 11.
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Disputes; Territorial waters; Continental shelves; Geodetic coordinates; Global positioning systems; Navigation; Surveying; Mapping; Analysis; Exclusive rights; Oil and gas exploration; Exploitation; Security; United Nations (UN); Department of National Defense (DND); Department of Transportation (DOTr); National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI); Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR); Department of Agriculture (DA); Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH); Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT); Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR); Commission on Maritime and Ocean Affairs; United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (UN-CLCS); National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA); Department of Justice (DOJ); Department of Energy (DOE); Philippine Coast Guard (PCG); National Security Council (NSC); UK National Oceanography Centre (NOC); GNS; U.N. Commission En Banc; Benham Rise Development Authority (BRDA); Philippine National Police (PNP); Lorenzana, Delfin; Arroyo, Gloria; Batongbacal, Jay; Carandang, Efren; Aguda, Nancy; Barretto, Jenny Anne; Bringas, Dennis; Aurelio, Mario; Lagmay, Mahar; Ventura, Diony; Papa, Linda; Davide, Hilario; Falcon, Minerva; Angara, Sonny
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