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The week in photos: May 12-18, 2018

May 19, 2018 - 2:48 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A Palestinian youth waves a sparkler next a mosque in Gaza City on May 16, 2018, as the faithful prepare to start the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMMED ABED

FACT CHECK: Bong Go did not raise Philippine flag at Benham Rise

May 18, 2018 - 8:09 PM

Special Assistant to the President Bong Go and presidential son Sebastian Duterte ride jet skis only around Casiguran Sound on May 15

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
Photo from Oceana/UPLB

Duterte on Philippine Rise, TPB and Buhay Carinderia, North Korea on meeting with U.S. | Midday wRap

May 16, 2018 - 12:59 PM

Watch Rappler's midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

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 scraps jet ski ride in Philippine Rise

May 15, 2018 - 2:59 PM

(4th UPDATE) Special Assistant to the President Bong Go said he and President Duterte's son, Sebastian Duterte, will represent the Philippine leader instead

PHILIPPINE RISE. President Rodrigo Duterte arrives at BRP Davao del Sur at around 3:45 pm on May 15, 2018, to commemorate the renaming of Benham Rise as Philippine Rise. Malacañang pool photo

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

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

Apr 19, 2018 - 7:49 PM

Watch Rappler's evening newscast with Marguerite de Leon

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

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

Watch the evening newscast with Chay Hofileña

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PH Coast Guard patrols Benham Rise, too

Apr 06, 2017 - 6:40 PM

The civilian maritime law enforcement agency sends its Islander planes to patrol the 13 million hectare maritime territory

BENHAM RISE. Filipinos dive into Benham Rise for the first time in 2014. File photo

PH eyes renaming Benham Rise to ‘Philippine Rise’

Apr 01, 2017 - 11:12 AM

The proposed name will emphasize Philippine sovereign rights and jurisdiction over the area says Malacañang

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

PH far from tiger status - economist

Feb 12, 2013 - 1:35 PM

An economist from the University of Santo Tomas says growth of at least 7 in the next 10 to 20 years is needed to achieve tiger status

NOT YET A TIGER. UST Professor Emmanuel J. Lopez tracks the boom and bust cycle of economic growth in the Philippines from the time of former President Ferdinand Marcos until President Benigno S. Aquino III. Photo by Cai Ordinario