By MB Online
Senator-elect Francis Tolentino has proposed putting an additional star to the Philippine flag to symbolize Benham Rise, an island group located at the northeastern border off the coast of Aurora province.
“I propose a fourth star to the Philippine flag. A fourth star to reflect the Benham Rise, the future Philippines, the future land of the next generation of Filipinos,” Tolentino said in his speech during the celebration of the country’s 121st Independence Day in Davao City Wednesday.
The 13-million-hectare undersea region in the Pacific Ocean covers a larger area than Luzon.
In 2012, former Environment Secretary Ramon Paje confirmed that the United Nations (UN) has approved the country’s territorial claim to Benham Rise through a letter sent by the UN Convention on the Law (UNCLOS).