NAMRIA: Benham Rise surveyed extensively by Filipino experts

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Posted at Feb 22 2018 01:34 AM

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Amid the clamor in the Philippines for the country to assert its control over the Benham Rise, which now called the Philippine Rise, an official of the country's mapping agency on Wednesday said Filipinos have already done an extensive survey of the undersea plateau. 

Commodore Jacinto Cablayan, director of hydrography for the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) told ANC's Future Perfect Tech Shorts that the agency has finished the bathymetric survey of the Philippine Rise. 

Bathymetry is the equivalent of topography on land, revealing features such as undersea hills, mounts and plateaus. 

Cablayan also said that in the Philippines' report to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) they had assigned names to some of the features of the Philippine Rise. 

"We've already proven that it's (Benham Rise) ours and the basic supporting document is the bathymetry," Cablayan said. 

He said that two NAMRIA survey ships mapped the Philippine Rise years ago. 

Cablayan, however, said he was not sure if the undersea features they named were the same ones named by the Chinese. 

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier downplayed China's naming of the undersea features saying it was understandable that China named the features it discovered, a process which is recognized internationally.