President Rodrigo Duterte announced during the 102nd Annual Communication of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Mason in the Philippines in Davao City on April 26 that he will be going to Philippine Rise next.
“When the issue of Benham Rise, Philippine Rise – there were so many ships there doing explorations – and when this crucial question was asked of me: What will do you if they also claim it? I said: I will go to war. And I will go to war, believe me,” President Duterte said.
“Next week I’m going to sail – set sail – I’m going to the Benham Rise and I will make a statement there that: Nobody but nobody owns this place including the continental shelf, the underground land mass that extends under the sea,” he added.
“And if it extends to San Francisco Bay, San Francisco Bay is a property of the Republic of the Philippines,” the President quipped.