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Duterte open to PH–China joint energy exploration in West PH Sea

Joint exploration was not brought up during the president’s China state visit

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By Elena Aben and MB Online

President Rodrigo Duterte said he is open to a joint exploration for energy between the Philippines and China in disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea despite not bringing this up during his state visit to China.

MB FILE—Scarborough Shoal.

MB FILE—Scarborough Shoal.

This, even as he stressed that he is not deviating from the July 16 U.N. tribunal ruling that favored the Philippines, which he said he would someday bring up with Beijing.

“Bakit naman ako maghanap ng away? If I send the Marines there, they’ll be wiped out in just one minute. It will be a disaster,” the president said in a speech in Malacañang on Monday, December 19.

“Kung gusto n’yo, let’s just develop what’s the oil there, hati-hati na lang tayo. Anuhin ko naman iyang dagat kung walang… What will I do with the Scarborough Shoal? Swim there everyday? For what? To send my soldiers there to die? Nakalutang lahat? Sumaryosep!” Duterte said.

During his state visit to China in October, Duterte ruled out discussions on possible joint exploration for energy in disputed maritime territories in the West Philippine Sea, saying that he has yet to get the consent of Congress on the matter.

He also told Chinese president Xi Jinping that there will be a day that they will have to take up the issue on the U.N. tribunal ruling.

“Not now because I am here as a visitor… but I will bring it up,” the president recalled telling his Chinese counterpart.

“Alam na niya, pati ang ambassador dito iyong Chinese. I will bring this up, someday… it will be during my time… I have this arbitral award, so I have to push it,” he added.

The president made the statement two days after he said he will “set aside” the tribunal ruling favoring the Philippines in the sea arbitration case.

“In the play of politics now, I will set aside the arbitral ruling,” Duterte said in a speech in Davao City last Saturday.

The chief executive likewise said that he will “not impose anything on China… because the politics here in Southeast Asia is changing.”

Yesterday, however, Malacañang clarified that Duterte is not renouncing the country’s claims.

Read more: Palace clarifies gov’t not renouncing West PH Sea claims

In 2004, the Philippines, China and Vietnam once signed a joint marine seismic undertaking (JSMU) for the three countries’ state-owned oil companies to conduct exploration in the maritime area west of Palawan within Philippine territories. But the Philippine Congress questioned the legality of JSMU, particularly on how it would undermine the Philippines’ territorial integrity.

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  • daisy

    Tama! Dapat maging open tayo dyan! Tutal mahihirapan din naman tayong mabawi yan kasi pinabili yan ng nakaraang administrasyon sa china! Makipag-Joint energy exploration nalang tayo para manginabang din tayo!

    • paulo

      Oo nga! Magandang estratihiya yan! Atleast may pakikinabang pa ang Pilipinas kahit pinagbili na ng nakaraang administrasyon ang WPS!

  • luke

    magandang kaisipan yan para manginabang ang pilipinas sa pinagbiling isla ng nakaraang administrasyon!

  • ricardo

    sang ayon ako sa planong ito ni duterte! maganda at manginginabang tayo sa WPS!

  • lita

    yan ba dutiti ang singil sa pagpapautan nila sayo? grabe ka! pinagbili mo ang pag aari ng pilipinas!

    • Francisco G.

      anong singil? ginagawan ni duterte ng paraan kasi naman pinagbili yan ng boss mong panot!

  • babart-gay

    tama naman tlga na magkaisa nalang para manginabang tyo dahil sariling atin lang naman yan

  • kevin–kevz

    dapt nama tlaga na makinabng tyo jan dahil sriling atin naman yan!

  • Rox{rey}

    kasi naman pinabili na yan ng nakraang administrsyon kaya ang magandang gawin natin jan ehhh makiisa nalang para makinabng naman tyo jan!

  • toni Lorenz

    ang may kaslanan kasi yan ehh yung nakraang administrsyon kung hindi nila yan pinabili edi sana malaya tyo na nakikinabng ng dapt sa atin!

  • low wendy

    wala naman na kwenta ang pangulo niyo dapt jan pinpatalsik hindi naman makatrungan ang kanyng gingawa sa bansa natin!

    • Angie

      manhimik ka nga masyado ka naman na madaldal!

  • briel

    oust na yan si dutiti,pagkatapos nyang gawin na ibenta yan mapag kunwari masyado

    • misswuaahh

      hindi totoo yan tanging kapakanan lang natin ang knyang ginagawa

      • abbybeh

        yes..kasi nman hindi yan inaayos nong panahon pa ni pinoy kaya nsa pdu30 na tuloy ang problema

    • analisa

      wala ka naman alam sa ginagawa ni digong,much better kung tumahimik kna lang.

  • Harper

    maybe china will allow you a small part of the energy…

  • jhay bosit

    gusto me yan na plano mo tatay digong sigurado makikinabang dyan ang aing bansa

  • alexis

    tama yan para saatin din nman kasi yan eh

  • aRiEL

    kailangan lang naman natin lawakan ang ating kaisipan sa pag titiwala sa ating leader.

  • gigi leny

    malaki ang tiwala ko ky digong,hayaan natin syang mag desisyon para sa ating bansa.

  • glenn robio

    palayasin na yan si dugong sa pwesto nya!!

    • kier Luis

      itigil mo na ang kabaliwan mo,ugok.

  • louieboboy

    sang ayon kami dyan para lahat nman makinabang saating sariling yaman

  • charm

    andito lang kmi para sumuporta sainyo pangulong duterte.

  • brent-leley

    totoong magaling ang ating lider na bansa para sa kapakanan ng lahat ng knyang nasasakupan ang laging nsa isip

  • lukring

    ganyan ang mga mabubuting tao at matalino

  • bonjour12

    ginagawa lang ng pangulo kung anu ang nararapat

  • trixiaCute

    erespeto nalang natin ang pangulo

  • vanyvany

    unti unti na talagang nag uumpisa ang tunay na pagbabago

  • Odie Bulgar

    wag nalang natin gawan ng issue ang pangulo sa halip suportahn nalang natin sya

  • bolbitez

    magaling talaga ang ating pangulo