DUTERTE SIGNS PROCLAMATION: BENHAM (PHILIPPINE) RISE IS OURS / SCIENTIST IMPRESSED WITH MOVE OF THE ADMINISTRATION - PHILIPPINE REPUBLIC NEWS

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DUTERTE SIGNS PROCLAMATION: BENHAM (PHILIPPINE) RISE IS OURS / SCIENTIST IMPRESSED WITH MOVE OF THE ADMINISTRATION





President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed a Proclamation stating that Benham (Philippine Rise) belongs to the Philippines. Expert from maritime and environment whether law experts and advocated lauded the strong decision of Duterte to insist the sovereign rights of the country considering that the controversial island is within the territory of the country-Exclusive Economic Zone. Philippine Rise is the first marine protected area located within the Philippines's 370-Kilometer EEZ.





Jay Batongbacal, director of the University of the Philippines (UP) Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea said that Duterte moves to own officially the island is  “good in the sense that the government is complying with its biodiversity conservation commitment.”

“It is [also] a good example of exercising jurisdiction over the EEZ and continental shelf,” Batongbacal added.



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