Hindi umano kikilalanin ng Pilipinas ang mga ibinigay na pangalan ng China sa ilang undersea features sa Philippine Rise o Benham Rise.
Sinabi ni Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque, ipinarating na ng embahada ng Pilipinas sa Beijing ang concern laban sa nasabing hakbang ng China.
Ayon kay Sec. Roque, ikinokonsidera rin ng embahada ang rekomendasyong idulog ito sa chairman ng International Hydrographic Organization – Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (IHO-IOC GEBCO) Sub-Committee on Undersea Feature Names (SCUFN).
Inihayag ni Roque na ang Pilipinas ay hindi kasapi ng SCUFN na binubuo ng 12 bansa kung saan isinumite ng China ang panukalang pangalanan ng Chinese names ang ilang udersea features sa Benham Rise.
“We object and do not recognize the Chinese names given to some undersea features in the Philippine Rise. Per our Philippine embassy in Beijing, they have already raised our concern to China. They are likewise considering a recommendation to officially notify the Chair of the International Hydrographic Organization – Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (IHO-IOC GEBCO) Sub-Committee on Undersea Feature Names (SCUFN). The Philippines, as many of you know, is not a member of the SCUFN, which is composed of 12 members. China’s proposals to rename some undersea features in the Philippine were submitted to SCUFN during its meetings in Brazil on Oct 12-16, 2015 & Sept 19-23, 2017,” ani Sec. Roque.
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