“Benham Rise is exclusively Philippine property" - Duterte

“Benham Rise is exclusively Philippine property" - Duterte


Exclusive property of the Republic of the Philippines – the Benham Rise that is.

This was announce and reiterated by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in his May 17 talk to the people, Benham Rise is exclusively Philippine property.”

“I have made it clear to all, to the world, that I will not allow any intrusion there. Well, of course, the right to innocent passage is everybody’s privilege,” he added.

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“But to allow anybody, even to just try to exploit or to even to look in, you know, I will not allow them to do that because that belongs – Philippine Rise belongs to the Filipino people,” President Duterte explained.


Different situation with the West Philippine Sea


On the other side of the archipelago, the country is embroiled in a territorial dispute with China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, and Brunei.

The 2012 Scarborough stand off with China started it all, the Philippine vessels back out of the area after apprehending Chinese poachers. The previous administration claims that there was an American brokered deal for both the Philippines and China to leave the area amicably. The Philippine side withdrew from the area, China stayed.

The creation of the artificial island since then began and was eventually finished to a military grade forward base.

It is unknown from the Philippine side who ordered the withdrawal of Philippine vessels in 2012.



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