WATCH: Permit for China in Benham? What DFA says

Acting Foreign Affairs Secretary Enrique Manalo answers questions from the media on Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV

The Palace and the Department of Foreign Affairs seem to be at odds over President Rodrigo's claim that the Philippines has granted China the leeway to conduct research in Benham Rise, an expansive undersea region ceded as part of the Philippines' exclusive economic zone.

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