According to documents seen by Philstar.com, the Philippines' National Mapping and Resources Information Authority (NAMRIA) submitted names for 16 undersea features
during the IHO's Sub-committee on Undersea Feature
Names (SCUFN) meeting on Oct.
The Philippines, however, has refused to recognize the names given by China to several undersea features
of the Philippine Rise located east of Luzon.
The controversy generated by China's naming of five features of Philippine Rise (formerly Benham Rise) and their being approved by Unesco's Sub-Committee on Undersea Feature
Names has led the Philippine government to also consider the naming of these undersea features
In a letter to an overseas office of the Department of Foreign Affairs on March 6, 2018 seen by Philstar.com, the International Hydrographic Organization refused to reverse the approval of Chinese proposals to name undersea features
Haidongqing Seamount, Jinghao Seamount, Tianbao Seamount, Jujiu Seamounts and Cuiqiao Hill.
Abella could not say whether China was willing to withdraw the names it had given the undersea features
, but disclosed that both sides had agreed 'that no further researches must be done without the permission of the Philippine side.'
Senator Paolo (Bam) Aquino IV on Wednesday commended the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) for contesting China's move to name five undersea features
in the Philippine Rise.
China later proposed names for the undersea features
on the area, which the Philippines vehemently rejected.
PDP-Laban's alliance with CPC is being criticized especially amid China's continuous militarization of the West Philippine Sea, and naming of some undersea features
in the Philippine Rise.
"Referring to the moves of China to assign Chinese names to several undersea features
in the Pacific belonging to the Philippines, he said, "If you want, you can make us a province, like Fujian.
Aside from Molave Spur and Narra Spur, there would soon be Acacia, Apitong, and other popular native trees in our country that would be used to name undersea features
of the 13-million hectare Philippine Rise.
At the same hearing, the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (Namria) called on the government to push for the nullification of the names China gave to five undersea features
of the Philippine Rise before the International Hydrographic Organization.
Despite the UN's 2012 ruling that Benham Rise aka Philippine Rise belongs to the Philippines, the IHO approved the following Chinese names for five undersea features
in Benham/Philippine Rise: