- President Duterte warned other countries not to violate the sovereign rights of the Philippines over Philippine Rise
- The President said Philippine Rise incursion could trigger war
- Other countries who wish to conduct research in Philippine Rise would need the President’s permission
President Rodrigo Duterte warned other countries not to violate the country’s sovereign rights over Philippine Rise (formerly known as Benham Rise) as it could trigger war.
According to ABS-CBN, the President made the assertion during his visit to Marawi City to lead the inauguration of Bahay Pag-asa Phase II, a housing complex for displaced residents whose houses were destroyed during the 5-month war between government forces and the Maute terror group last year.
“May pinadala ako na doon na Marines, isang batalyon. Sinabi ko talaga, ‘walang mage-experiments na diyan hangga’t wala silang permiso galing sa akin, but the Armed Forces will have to recommend it,” Pres. Duterte said.
[I have sent a battalion of Marines there. I said no one should conduct experiments there if they don’t have permission from me]
He added that any foreign country who wish to explore the resource-rich underwater plateau should also get the National Security Adviser’s permission.
The President’s statement came in the wake of criticisms against the government for allowing China to conduct maritime research in Philippine Rise.