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How dolphins shaped environmental laws, protected Benham Rise

May 17, 2018 - 7:27 PM

Oceana Vice President Gloria Estenzo Ramos says the 'dolphin law' is a "prelude to bigger things" and will help protect Benham Rise

How dolphins shaped environmental laws, protect Benham Rise
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Duterte on Philippine Rise, TPB and Buhay Carinderia, North Korea on meeting with U.S. | Midday wRap

May 16, 2018 - 12:59 PM

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Duterte breaks promise to visit Philippine Rise

May 15, 2018 - 8:20 PM

The President's son Sebastian Duterte and his closest aide Bong Go ride jet skis around the undisputed Casiguran Bay instead

CASIGURAN TRIP. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at BRP Davao del Sur docked in Casiguran, Aurora, but does not sail to the Philippine Rise as he earlier promised. Malacañang pool photo

Duterte on Philippine Rise, Bello applies for Ombudsman post, Albayalde on barangay officials | Evening wRap

May 15, 2018 - 6:13 PM

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Duterte to visit Philippine Rise from May 15 to 16

May 08, 2018 - 12:13 PM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte will send off 50 scientists who will conduct research in Benham Rise, renamed as Philippine Rise

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte gets a warm round of applause as he is welcomed during the 51st Asian Development Bank (ADB) Annual Meeting at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel on May 5, 2018. Malacañang file photo

Duterte says he will sail to Benham Rise next week

Apr 27, 2018 - 11:36 PM

Will it end up like his promise to ride a jet ski to the Spratlys?

SAILING TO BENHAM RISE? President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the 102nd Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons in the Philippines at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on April 26, 2018. Malacañang photo

Albayalde on PNP, Bello on ‘endo,’ Trump on Kim | Evening wRap

Apr 19, 2018 - 7:49 PM

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Con-Com's proposed charter firms up West PH Sea stance, Sabah claim

Apr 19, 2018 - 3:35 PM

The Consultative Committee's proposed Article 1 confers 'constitutional status' on the Hague ruling and introduces the concept of 'sovereign rights' to the constitution

Silliman president to politicians: Protect Benham Rise, not personal interests

Mar 19, 2018 - 10:26 AM

Silliman University President Ben Malayang says talks on the resource-rich continental shelf should be a matter of national interest, instead of politicians pursuing personal interests

INTERESTS. Silliman University President Ben Malayang calls on politicians to protect Benham Rise and not personal interests. Photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

[WATCH] Rappler Talk: Analyst Aaron Jed Rabena on Philippines-China relations

Mar 06, 2018 - 1:45 PM

On Tuesday, March 6, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug speaks to Aaron Jed Rabena on how Chinese President Xi Jinping's move toward lifetime rule might affect Philippines-China relations and their maritime dispute

#ThewRap: Videos to watch this week, February 26 - March 4, 2017

Mar 04, 2018 - 11:49 AM

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Duterte on Benham Rise, Duterte on Rappler, PH-Kuwait bilateral meeting | Midday wRap

Mar 02, 2018 - 12:39 PM

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Duterte says he would 'go to war' to defend Benham Rise

Mar 01, 2018 - 7:55 PM

In comparison, President Rodrigo Duterte has said he cannot afford to go to war over the West Philippine Sea

President Rodrigo Duterte peers through the scope of a sniper rifle during the opening ceremony of the National Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Challenge in Ma-a, Davao City on March 1, 2018. Malacañang photo

China’s illegal entry in Benham Rise, Roque on People Power, Pimentel on Duterte-Carpio | Evening wRap

Feb 26, 2018 - 8:47 PM

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PH agency wants Chinese names for Benham Rise features nullified

Feb 26, 2018 - 6:10 PM

The Philippines' central mapping agency says the data China used for naming the features were collected, without permission, within Philippine jurisdiction

Senate hearing on Benham Rise Photo by Angie De Silva

Gov't admits China surveyed Benham Rise without permit

Feb 26, 2018 - 3:26 PM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon and the Philippine Navy say they lack the capabilities and ships to monitor illegal entry

HUDDLE. (L-R) National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, National Security Council Deputy Director General Vicente Agdamag, and Undersecretary Jose Luis Alano huddle during the Senate hearing on Benham Rise, February 26, 2018. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 26, 2018

Feb 26, 2018 - 10:36 AM

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REMEMBERING EDSA. People gather to celebrate the 32nd since the People Power Revolution at the People Power Monument on February 25, 2018. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Scientists, military officers to attend Benham Rise hearing at Senate

Feb 25, 2018 - 12:51 PM

Senate Committee on Science and Technology Chairman Bam Aquino is set to lead the hearing

HEARING STARTS. This photo shows Filipinos exploring Benham Rise for the first time in 2014. File photo by Dr Gil Jacinto/UP-MSI

Duterte jokes: Why not make Philippines a province of China?

Feb 19, 2018 - 8:38 PM

The President says negotiations for joint exploration with China are underway. He suggests a sharing scheme of two-thirds for the Philippines and one-third for China.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gestures as he reiterates his oath of office to protect the country and its citizens in his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of newly-appointed officials at the Malacañan Palace on February 13, 2018. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Philippines on China, Malacanang on Manalo, Quiboloy detained in Hawaii | Evening wRap

Feb 15, 2018 - 8:36 PM

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No bad faith on part of China in naming PH Rise features – Roque

Feb 15, 2018 - 1:46 PM

Malacañang hopes China will 'understand' that the Philippines will give its own names for the features in the continental shelf

Malacanang on Benham Rise, Kuwait slams deployment ban, Manalo as OFW envoy | Evening wRap

Feb 14, 2018 - 8:48 PM

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Valentine message to Cimatu: Declare Benham Bank a 'no-take' zone

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:12 PM

Making the declaration will legally protect Benham Bank, the shallowest part of Philippine Rise, from 'human activity,' environmental groups tell Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu

PROTECT BENHAM BANK. Environmentalists deliver their love letter to Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu on February 14, 2018. Photo courtesy of Gregg Yan/Oceana

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 14, 2018

Feb 14, 2018 - 1:20 PM

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#EveryWoman for Leila de Lima launch at the Senate on February 14, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Philippines rejects Chinese names for Benham Rise features

Feb 14, 2018 - 11:54 AM

The Philippines has raised its concern over the names to the Chinese government, says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

Duterte: 'Benham Rise is ours'

Feb 10, 2018 - 1:12 PM

'The Philippine Rise or the Benham Rise is ours,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

UNDERWATER PLATEAU. Found near Aurora, the 13-million-hectare Benham Rise is part of the Philippines' continental shelf. Screenshot from a document the Philippines submitted to the UN

SC upholds re-extension of martial law, Duque on Dengvaxia, Asian stocks plunge | Evening wRap

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:47 PM

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Tweaked process for foreign research in Benham Rise focuses on 'security' concerns

Feb 06, 2018 - 6:20 PM

National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr says no foreign research will be allowed in 'sensitive areas' in Benham Rise but the process remains largely the same

Photo from Oceana/UPLB

PH can ban China in Benham, but not other nations – Carpio

Feb 06, 2018 - 1:12 PM

The Philippines has no valid ground to disallow other member-states of UNCLOS from conducting marine scientific research in Benham Rise, and will be 'violating UNCLOS' if it does so, says Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio

CORAL-RICH. Researchers say Benham Bank is rich in corals. Photo courtesy of Dr Hildie Nacorda/UPLB-SESAM

Duterte on Benham Rise, Napolcom survey, Zuckerberg on Facebook | Midday wRap

Feb 06, 2018 - 12:47 PM

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Malacañang: Foreigners can still apply for Benham Rise research

Feb 06, 2018 - 12:10 PM

All licenses granted to foreign entities for research in the continental shelf are 'deemed revoked' but they can re-apply for a permit through a system with additional requirements, says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol on the sidelines of the 22nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 5, 2018. Also in the photo are Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade and Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte wants foreign scientists out of Benham Rise – Piñol

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:11 AM

(UPDATED) Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte has 'revoked' licenses for foreign scientific research but foreign entities can still apply for research and exploration in the continental shelf

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 22nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on February 5, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Letting China into Benham Rise: History lessons for Duterte and Cayetano

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:00 AM

With 20 years of experience dealing with China behind us, the Philippines should not let its guard down

Morales on Carandang suspension, Roque on fake news, Taguba ordered arrested | Evening wRap

Jan 31, 2018 - 9:05 PM

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DFA data on Benham Rise 'can be misleading' – expert

Jan 31, 2018 - 4:05 PM

'It can be misleading because it gives you the wrong impression that there are so many researches going on in Benham Rise,' says maritime expert Jay Batongbacal

EXPERT'S VIEW. Jay Batongbacal, director of the UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, says the DFA's data on Benham Rise research requests 'can be misleading.' Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

DFA vague on number of Benham Rise research requests

Jan 25, 2018 - 8:43 PM

Did DFA approve 13 marine scientific research (MSR) applications in Benham Rise for the US alone? Not necessarily.

TOP DIPLOMAT. Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano says the Philippines approved 13 marine scientific research (MSR) applications from the US, 2 from China, 9 from Japan, and 4 from Korea. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Calida on Martial Law, Roque on Benham Rise, Pope Francis on fake news | Midday wRap

Jan 25, 2018 - 12:25 PM

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Roque says remarks on Benham Rise research misunderstood

Jan 25, 2018 - 10:09 AM

The Presidential Spokesman claims he was referring to China, not Filipino scientists and researchers, when he said 'no one can do it, because, apparently, it's capital intensive'

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque informs entrepreneurs during a press briefing in Malacañang on January 23, 2018 that a total of P2-billion will be allotted to two programs of the Department of Trade and Industry. The two programs include the 'Pondo sa Pagbabago at Pag-asenso' Micro Loan Program and the shared service facilities, equipment project that aims to develop micro, small and medium enterprises. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Filipinos exploring Benham Rise region for years

Jan 24, 2018 - 6:13 PM

This government’s claim that the Philippines cannot explore Benham Rise without China is a total sham meant to disempower and demean Filipinos and their capacity and capability as a people

Scientists' group refutes Roque, says local experts can do research in Benham Rise

Jan 24, 2018 - 5:58 PM

(UPDATES) To utilize resources in Philippine territories, a scientists' group urges the government to support Filipino scientists 'instead of being servile to China in exchange for foreign aid'

BENHAM RISE. Researchers aboard boats in the waters in the Benham Rise area. File photo by Dr Gil Jacinto/UP-MSI

Uson returns award, SC lifts TRO on license plates, China and Benham Rise | Midday wRap

Jan 24, 2018 - 1:26 PM

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China's 33-day permit to survey PH's eastern seaboard begins

Jan 24, 2018 - 10:11 AM

The permit allows China to gather data on the ocean circulation in the Western Pacific, covering the 'eastern side of Luzon and Mindanao'

CORAL-RICH. Researchers say Benham Bank is rich in corals. Photo courtesy of Dr Hildie Nacorda/UPLB-SESAM

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, January 24, 2018

Jan 24, 2018 - 9:59 AM

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Malacañang says Filipinos need China for Benham Rise research

Jan 23, 2018 - 1:16 PM

Filipinos alone can't conduct research in the resource-rich underwater plateau because they don't have the needed capital, says Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque

'Benham Rise is ours,' Nene Pimentel says after PH allowed China research

Jan 23, 2018 - 12:40 PM

'We would like to emphasize Scarborough Shoal is ours, Kalayaan shoals are ours, that Benham Rise is likewise within our exclusive economic zone,' says the former Senate president

DISCUSSING CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION: Former Senate President Aquilino "Nene" Pimentel Jr. (middle), flanked by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea (right) and former Supreme Court Associate Justice Vicente Mendoza (left), addresses question from senators during the Senate Committee on Constitutional Amendments and Revision of Codes hearing on the proposed formation of a Constitutional Convention that will amend or revise the 1987 Philippine Constitution on Thursday, December 8, 2016. (PRIB Photo by Albert Calvelo/ 08 December 2016)

DFA on Benham Rise: 'Same rules for all countries'

Jan 12, 2018 - 7:59 PM

The DFA draws flak for supposedly approving a Chinese request to conduct research in Benham Rise, while rejecting a similar request from a French think tank

UNDERWATER TERRITORY. This photo shows Filipinos exploring Benham Rise for the first time in 2014. File photo courtesy of Dr Gil Jacinto/UP-MSI

Alejano: Why let China do research in PH waters, Benham Rise?

Jan 12, 2018 - 9:25 AM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano claims the Department of Foreign Affairs approved China's request to do scientific research in Benham Rise and other areas while rejecting a similar request from a French think tank

BENHAM RESEARCH. The Magdalo Representative questions the DFA's supposed decision to allow a Chinese academic group to conduct research on Philippine waters while rejecting a similar request of a France-based organization. File photo

Coast Guard outpost eyed off Cagayan to secure Philippine Rise

Oct 09, 2017 - 10:15 PM

The proposed project will be the Philippine Coast Guard's main outpost for monitoring activities at Philippine Rise, which extends from Santa Ana town in Cagayan up to Aurora province

BENHAM RISE. Researchers explore Benham Rise, an underwater mass off the coast of Aurora. Photo by Dr Gil Jacinto/UP-MSI

'Philippine Rise': Duterte signs EO renaming Benham Rise

May 22, 2017 - 6:00 PM

All official maps and charts of the Philippines will now use the name Philippine Rise to refer to the 13 million hectare underwater plateau near Aurora

CORAL-RICH. Researchers say Benham Bank is rich in corals. Photo courtesy of Dr Hildie Nacorda/UPLB-SESAM

DFA, NEDA clueless as PH rejects new EU grants

May 18, 2017 - 5:15 PM

UPDATED If DFA is unaware then there is again a disturbing display of dysfunction in the conduct of our foreign policy says a former ambassador