President Rodrigo Duterte on February 28 during the inauguration of Bahay Pag-Asa Phase 2 in Marawi City said that one battalion of Marines was sent to help protect Philippine Rise.
“Philippine Rise, ‘yan atin talaga ‘yan. May pinadala ako na doon na Marines, isang battalion,” he said.
He added that no one will be allowed to conduct maritime scientific research in the territory without presidential permission as recommended by military.
“Sinabi ko talaga: Walang mage-experiments na diyan hangga’t wala silang permiso galing sa akin but the Armed Forces will have to recommend it,” he said. “Otherwise, no. I will not allow fishing, I will not – Magka-giyera tayo.”