PHL top defense, security officials to discuss 5 PHL Rise features named by China

Philippines’ top defense and security officials together with other members of the Cabinet will discuss the five Philippine Rise underwater features reportedly named by China.

National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said the matter will be discussed with National Security Adviser (NSA) Hermogenes Esperon and other Cabinet officials.

Secretary Lorenzana said for him the Philippines should also give these underwater features names.

“Pag-uusapan pa namin ni NSA and ibang Cabinet members. As for me, I would also give these features Philippine names,” Lorenzana said.

Earlier, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Philippines objects and does 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),” Roque said in a statement.

“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,” he added.