The Philippines are very much active in exploring and understanding the Philippine Rise formerly known as Benham Rise).
After the declaration last February, President Rodrigo Ro Duterte ordered a stop to the entry of foreign vessels at the Philippine Rise after Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano disclosed that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) allowed China to conduct maritime research with the University of the Philippines.
|Philippine Navy divers planted a Philippine Flag in the Philippine Rise (photo credit Philippine Star)|
Three Philippine Navy ships are currently conducting maritime scientific research over the Philippine Rise since last week.
“We have three ships there now conducting maritime scientific research and then they will move to the other parts of the Philippines,” National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said Esperon told reporters on late Wednesday at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.
The ships were deployed in the area last April 12 but did not elaborate where they were.
“More marine scientific research will be conducted there now by us. No more foreign ships there,” Esperon said.
“We can patrol by UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), by aircraft, by radars, by ships and even by imagery,” he added.
In June 2017, the Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) went to the Philippine Rise and raised a Philippine flag within the mineral-rich underwater plateau.
The United Nations (UN) declared in 2012 that the 13 million-hectare Benham Rise, which is off the province of Aurora, was awarded as part of the Philippines’ continental shelf.
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Report from Manila Times