‘Benham Rise is exclusively Philippine property’ – Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte said during his May 17 talk to people that “Benham Rise is exclusively Philippine property.”

“I have made it clear to all, to the world, that I will not allow any intrusion there. Well, of course, the right to innocent passage is everybody’s privilege,” he added/

“But to allow anybody, even to just try to exploit or to even to look in, you know, I will not allow them to do that because that belongs – Philippine Rise belongs to the Filipino people,” President Duterte explained.