Philippines loses bid to void Chinese names for Benham Rise features


Camille Diola


Philippine Star


April 30, 2018 


The government's recent protest over China's naming of five features in Philippines-controlled underwater region Benham Rise came too late after years of inaction. President Rodrigo Duterte is set to sail this week in hopes of making a statement that the Philippines "owns" the underwater ridge, now called Philippine Rise. The gesture, however, comes after an international body confirmed Chinese names for features in the Philippines' maritime backyard.