China survey ships spotted at Benham Rise


Jaime Laude


Philippine Star


March 10, 2017 


MANILA, Philippines - Chinese survey ships have not only conducted oceanographic research at Recto or Reed Bank in the West Philippine Sea but also at Benham Rise in the Pacific, which has been recognized by the United Nations as part of the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana bared yesterday. Lorenzana described China’s latest move as “very concerning” and said he had ordered the Navy to accost and drive away the service ship from Benham Rise if it is seen again.