From Update Philippines (Apr 2): President Duterte instructs changing name of Benham Rise
The Philippine government specifically the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Office of the Executive Secretary are now in the work to explore a new name that will fit for Benham Rise.
The DFA confirmed that President Rodrigo Duterte instructed the renaming of Benham Rise. Initial suggestion is Philippine Rise.
“A motion has been made subject to the conduct of the requisite legal and logistical study to effect the change,” Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said.
Under the Aquino administration through Administrative Order No. 29, maritime area within Philippines’ 200 nautical miles exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in South China Sea was renamed as West Philippine Sea.
“In the exercise of sovereign jurisdiction, the Philippines has the inherent power and right to designate its maritime areas with appropriate nomenclature for purposes of the national mapping system,” said in the order signed September 2012.