2 months Locsin says only PH-flagged vessels may conduct marine survey at PH Rise MB
By Roy Mabasa Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. on Wednesday stood pat on his decision to allow only Philippine-flagged vessels to conduct marine scientific research (MSR) in the Philippine Rise, or Benham Rise, and only let foreigners “hitch a ride on our marine survey ships.” Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.(AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit / MANILA BULLETIN) “We can’t join their (foreign) ships as just passengers; foreigners turn over command and control, all data gathering facilities, the entire enchilada to Filipinos. Or no permission and/or ban stays—whatever it is since f______ no knows. But the effect is no foreign survey ship ... more