Duterte orders more patrols in Benham Rise


President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the military to conduct regular patrols in Benham Rise to protect the country’s sovereign rights over the area, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Wednesday.

“The Duterte administration is firm in protecting the country’s national interest and in upholding our sovereign rights,” DFA spokesman Charles Jose, also the assistant secretary for Office of Public Diplomacy, said.

He added that the department continues to coordinate with other relevant agencies to determine what future actions should be taken regarding the issue.

Jose said Chinese officials have reiterated that China fully respects the Philippine’s sovereign rights and jurisdiction over Benham Rise.

President Duterte earlier said that he allowed Beijing to send its ships to Benham Rise. Jaime Pilapil


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  1. If the Intsik holds no respect for an international body like UN (= UNCLOS), the less it will hold back its greed for Benham Rise, thus disrespecting a small country like ours. We’ll earn the respect of the disrespectful by standing by our words “to defend our sovereignty against any intruder.

  2. Sound Reasoning on

    Kung may deal na di alam ng gobyerno “culpable violation of the constitution” yan. Ngayon kung mag flip flop na naman at sabihin ay walang deal no, nagsinungaling si duterte “betrayal of public trust” yan.

    I impeach na yang lintek na ubod kagagohan na traidor na presidente.

  3. Na hilo ako doon sa sinabi ni DU30, “magpatrol kayo sa Benham rise, pero pinayagan ko ang mga Intsik pumunta doon.” Doble Cara ka Niño DU30.