“Ang joint exploration na iginigiit ng administrasyong Duterte ay pagbibigay-lisensya na sa China upang angkinin na nang tuluyan ang ating teritoryo,” Magdalo Partylist Representative Gary Alejano said.
He noted that the Philippines do not co-own with China the West Philippine Sea.
“We do not have overlapping claims with China by virtue of the UN arbitration ruling. We do not co-own the West Philippine Sea with China,” he said. “Bakit gugustuhin ng mismo nating gobyerno na paghatian ang isang bagay na tayo lamang ang legal na may-ari?”
Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano earlier made said that the Philippine government would ink a joint exploration deal with China that is “equal or better” than its contract in Malampaya.
“Ang tanong ko nga, kukuha din naman tayo ng partner, ke-Indonesian, ke-taga-Saudi, Dutch, kukuha tayo ng partner sa pag-explore. Anong mawawala that we do it with our neighbors?” Cayetano stated.
Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said the proposed deal between the Philippines and China on the joint exploration of natural resources in the West Philippine Sea must comply with the provisions of the Constitution.
“As long as the joint development complies with the Philippine Constitution and there is no waiver of our sovereign rights under the arbitral ruling, I have no objection,” Carpio said in a text message sent to reporters Thursday.
Sources: https://www.facebook.com/GaryAlejano/photos/a.532106460248664.1073741829.490802617712382/1637995409659758/; http://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1043515