DFA to file protest vs. intruders
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will lodge a diplomatic protest against intruders in the Philippine Rise, formerly known as Benham Rise, located approximately 250 kilometers east of the northern coastline of Dinapigue, Isabela, Malacañang said Wednesday.
Acting Presidential Spokesperson and Communications Secretary Martin Andanar issued the statement, after the National Security Council (NSC) reported that there are still incursions into the Philippine Rise.
“Pagdating po naman sa (When it comes to the) Philippine Rise, the Department of Foreign Affairs will take the necessary course of action which is to file a diplomatic protest,” Andanar said in a virtual Palace presser.
During a Senate panel hearing held Tuesday, NSC deputy director general Rufino Lopez said the Philippine Navy and the Philippine Coast Guard are exhausting all efforts to conduct a “proper” report of the incursions into the Philippine Rise. READ MORE