Rephrased: National Territory

ORIGINAL TEXT: The national territory comprises the Philippine archipelago, with all the islands and waters embraced therein, and all other territories over which the Philippines has sovereignty or jurisdiction, consisting of its terrestrial, fluvial and aerial domains, including its territorial sea, the seabed, the subsoil, the insular shelves, and other submarine areas. The waters around, between, and connecting the islands of the archipelago, regardless of their breadth and dimensions, form part of the internal waters of the Philippines.

REPHRASED VERSION: The national territory of the Philippines is composed of two things: (1) the Philippine archipelago and (2) all other territories over which the Philippines has sovereignty or jurisdiction. The Philippine archipelago includes all the islands and waters embraced therein. The national territory, whether the archipelago or the other territories, consists of its terrestrial, fluvial and aerial domains. Moreover, the national territory also includes the territorial sea, the seabed, the subsoil, the insular shelves, and other submarine areas.

The archipelago, being a body of water dotted with islands, has waters around, between and connecting the islands composing it. These waters, regardless of how deep or how wide they are, form part of the Philippine internal waters.GOOGLE TRANSLATE VERSION: "The national territory includes the Philippine archipelago, with all the islands and waters embraced within it, and all the other territories over which the Philippines have sovereignty or jurisdiction, consisting of its land, river and air domains, including its territorial sea , the seabed, the subsoil, the island shelves and other underwater areas. The waters around, between and connecting the islands of the archipelago, regardless of their size and size, are part of the internal waters of the Philippines."

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