DU30 wants 'structures' built on Benham Rise
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President Duterte has ordered the Philippine Navy to put up “structures” to assert the country’s sovereignty over an underwater landmass 250 kilometers off the east coast of Luzon that a Chinese survey ship visited for six months last year, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Mr. Duterte’s instruction was to increase naval patrols in that area and put up structures “that say this is ours.” He did not specify what structures would be erected. The shallowest point of Benham Rise is 35 to 50 meters.
Salaverria, L., Uy, J., & Balana, C. (2017, March 15). DU30 wants 'structures' built on Benham Rise. Philippine Daily Inquirer, p. A6.
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Continental shelves; Territorial waters; Navigation; Governments; Exclusive rights; Jurisdiction; Exclusive economic zone; United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea; International law; Law of the sea; Philippine Navy; United Nations (UN); Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); Duterte, Rodrigo; Lorenzana, Delfin; Geng, Shuang; Abella, Ernesto; Jose, Charles; del Rosario, Albert