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Benham Rise Flotilla
« on: May 11, 2018, 01:16:06 AM »
Regardless of the commentary or one’s political point of view on the issue, the PN will be sending a 9 Ship flotilla to Benham Rise akong with PAF Aircraft when President Duterte visits the area.


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Re: Benham Rise Flotilla
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2018, 12:16:14 PM »
May the DND-AFP document this properly for maximum effect. We are long overdue for an update to this video

https://youtu.be/yvyXt4B5HDE

Morning Greetings from LD-601



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Re: Benham Rise Flotilla
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2018, 02:16:12 PM »
President Duterte to grace celebration at Benham Rise | Manila Bulletin - May 14, 2018
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The awarding of the Philippine Rise (formerly Benham Rise) to the Philippines will be commemorated this coming May 15 to 16, 2018 (Tuesday and Wednesday) in the province of Aurora by the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Northern Luzon Command (AFP-NoLCom).

No less than President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and other dignitaries from the National Government and Agencies, Local Government Units (LGUs), AFP and other stakeholders, are expected to grace the activities.

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AFP NoLCom Spokesman and Public Information Office chief Lt. Col. Isagani Nato said the activities for this celebration will include the Send-Off of an All-Filipino Scientists who will do the Maritime Scientific Research in the Philippine Rise; the casting of buoy made by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) as floating marker; laying of another marker at the shallowest point in Benham Plateau; and fly-by of aircrafts of different agencies conducting Maritime Air Patrol in the area.

Nato said this will be the second time that the Northern Luzon Command will celebrate this momentous occasion, since Independence Day last year, June 12, wherein a simultaneous underwater flag hoisting and on-deck flag raising was conducted onboard BRP Davao Del Sur (LD602) of the Philippine Navy (the newest and largest Navy ship).

A marker, with the Philippine flag, was also laid at the underwater plateau about 70 feet below sea level symbolizing our ownership to that part of the Philippine Rise Region.

Nato said the leadership of NoLCom will remain committed to doing its mandate of protecting our people and securing our sovereign territory within its area of responsibility that includes the vast Northern Maritime area covering the Bajo De Masinloc, Luzon Strait, and Philippine Rise.


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Re: Benham Rise Flotilla
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2018, 08:34:20 PM »
Duterte may ride jet ski in Philippine Rise | Sunstar
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This was revealed during a briefing Monday night, May 14, with reporters who will cover the President's first-time visit to the Philippine Rise.

At the briefing, reporters were told that Duterte may ride a jet ski before departing the underwater plateau, if the weather is fair.

Duterte's trip to the undersea region marks the country's first year commemoration of the renaming of Benham Rise to Philippine Rise, a 13-million-hectare undersea area that is part of the country's continental shelf.

The President's chopper is expected to land in BRP-Davao del Sur, one of the two landing docks of the Philippine Navy, at around 2 p.m. Tuesday.
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Re: Benham Rise Flotilla
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2018, 02:49:22 PM »
Looks like the President has chosen not to go to Philippine (Benham) Rise itself, but rather made some remarks during a send-off ceremony.

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Duterte calls for preservation of 'new frontier' PH Rise
By Jelly Musico May 16, 2018, 12:38 pm

CASIGURAN, Aurora -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Tuesday called for the conservation of the Philippine Rise (formerly Benham Rise) as he sent off an all-Filipino marine scientists team that will conduct a one-month maritime scientific research (MSR) in what he described as the country’s new frontier.

In a program held onboard BRP Davao Del Sur at the Casiguran Bay, Duterte said the Philippines has not only been granted access but entrusted not to abuse and misuse the vast resources of the Philippine Rise.

“Let us therefore explore this new frontier, fully aware of our responsibility to properly manage and conserve its natural resources, for the benefit of present and future generations of Filipinos,” Duterte said in his speech.

Commercial fishing, he said, will still be allowed in the Philippine Rise but “it will be done strictly in accordance with accepted principles also of the preservation of marine life”.

Duterte expressed optimism that the country’s premier marine scientists will be able to undertake the Coordinated National Marine Scientific Research Initiatives and Related Activities (CONMIRA) in the Philippine Rise.

“I have complete faith in the capabilities of our world-class scientists,” Duterte said.

“Indeed, these developments would not have been possible without the efforts of our dedicated public servants, scientists and legal experts who worked together to bolster our claim over the Philippine Rise,” he added.

The President recognized the need to provide the marine scientists with the necessary means to fulfill their mandate.

“As we send off our experts to explore and discover what our seas have to offer, may we all have a renewed sense of commitment to promote the welfare of our people, safeguard our national interest, and assert our sovereign rights over our waters and all other areas within our jurisdiction,” Duterte said.

Duterte drew applause when he said the marine scientists can use the country’s resources, particularly from the Philippine Navy.

“The Navy is at your disposal if you think that there are important undertakings to do. So be it, you can use the resources of the Republic of the Philippines,” Duterte said to the delight of the marine scientists, many of them from the University of the Philippines.

Though Philippine Rise is not a disputed maritime territory, Duterte asserted the country’s sovereign rights and emphasized that Filipino marine scientists should be given priority to explore the vast undersea area.

The Philippine Rise is home to at least 200 fish species, mostly of blue marlin, tuna, and whale sharks.

Previous MSR results showed also vast deposits of methane hydrate in the Philippine Rise which makes the country one of the biggest natural gas exporters worldwide.

Duterte arrived on board a presidential chopper that landed at the helipad of the country’s second largest BRP at exactly 3:45 p.m.

Accompanied by Special Assistant to the President Christopher "Bong" Go, Duterte then visited different exhibition booths showing the country’s progress in asserting its claim to the undersea feature believed to be rich in marine resources.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, North Luzon Command Chief Lt/Gen. Emmanuel Salamat, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr., Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, actor Robin Padilla and other government officials welcomed the President.

The send-off ceremony was part of a two-day event of the Philippine Rise Commemoration Activity that also include the casting of the first buoy and the laying of a flag at the shallowest point of the Philippine Bank on May 16.

Duterte will skip the event at the Philippine Bank, saying his presence during the symbolic send-off program was enough to assert the country’s jurisdiction over the 13-million hectare extended continental shelf (ECS) of Philippine Rise.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told the media that the send-off was held at the Casiguran Bay instead of the Philippine Bank since it was just symbolic.

“This is a symbolic trip to Philippine Rise and we’re here to send off the Filipino scientists. I think he was able to send a message to the world that only Filipino will benefit in the Philippine Rise,” Roque said in a media interview.

"Let me explain that Philippine Rise is a continental shelf under the water so you cannot physically visit because you need to dive," he added.

The commemoration even was also highlighted by the signing of a presidential proclamation declaring the Philippine Rise a marine protected area.

According to the proclamation, around 50,000 hectares of the Philippine Rise shall become a Strict Protection Zone limited to scientific studies while more than 300,000 hectares shall be designated as a Special Fisheries Management Area.

A year ago, Duterte signed Executive Order No. 25 renaming the undersea feature from Benham Rise into Philippine Rise.

Since he signed the EO, Duterte had issued at least five directives to the National Security Council, leading to the creation of the Integrated Management Plan for Philippine Rise.

Meanwhile, Duterte’s plan to ride a jet ski did not push through. Instead, he was represented by his son, Sebastian "Baste" Duterte, Go, and Esperon.

The Philippine Rise Region, which is approximately 24 million hectares in size, is located within the 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and 118-nm ECS awarded to the Philippines by the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf on April 12, 2012. (PNA)

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Re: Benham Rise Flotilla
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2018, 02:21:54 PM »

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Re: Benham Rise Flotilla
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2018, 07:39:25 AM »
http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1035531

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Nolcom head eyes port improvements to enhance PH Rise patrols
By Priam Nepomuceno May 17, 2018, 5:17 pm

ABOARD THE BRP DAVAO DEL SUR -- In order to enhance the country's capabilities to protect the Philippine Rise (formerly Benham Rise), Northern Luzon Command (Nolcom) head Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Salamat is looking at the possibility of upgrading the various ports near the above-mentioned territory.

He made this statement when asked on whether there are plans to construct a naval facility in Casiguran, Aurora, the landmass nearest to the 13-million-hectare Philippine Rise.

The Nolcom chief was aboard BRP Davao Del Sur (LD-602), the lead ship of the Filipino flotilla tasked to arrange the commemoration of the first anniversary of President Rodrigo Duterte's Executive Order 25 which renamed Benham Rise to Philippine Rise on May 16, 2017.

The BRP Davao del Sur was joined by eight ships from the Navy, Coast Guard and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR).

Two FA-50PH jet fighters, a Coast Guard Islander plane and a Navy C-90 patrol aircraft also made a series of fly-by during the dropping of a buoy where a Philippine tricolor was drawn.

"As of now, I don't have an idea except that they have a proposal to, I myself have (a) proposal (to) upgrade and capacitate (the) development of our port facilities so that they can sustain (our) rotational presence here in Philippine Rise," Salamat said.

"Without port facilities, our ships, our maritime (patrol vessels) cannot sustain sustain longer (operations) in the seas," he added.

He admitted, though, that these proposals, should they near fruition, need a considerable amount of resources.

The Philippine Rise buoy laying and flag-raising mission, he said, will set the tempo on more patrols in the area.

"Of course as (soon) as the requirements (we need) are (provided as soon as possible to) Nolcom and (Area Task Force North) in coordination with other maritime agencies like the Philippine Coast Guard, the BFAR, we will continue our rotational presence in Philippine Rise," the Nolcom chief said. (With reports from Benjamin Pulta/PNA)