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PBBM desires expedited WPS oil exploration

Thursday marked President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.’s willingness to collaborate with China on potential cooperative oil drilling in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

Marcos raised the subject of looking into other options to guarantee the quick development of oil and gas resources in the disputed waters during a press conference in Quezon City.

In the event that the potential government-to-government relationship does not materialize, Marcos made the remark.

“Since we are in need, we must find a solution (we really need it now). Since the Philippines urgently require them right now, we already require, “kung mahanap dyan kailangan na talaga ng Pilipinas,” “He made the remark while watching the Kadiwa ng Pasko Caravan.

“China was bad to them, that’s for sure. Malaking bagay ‘yan sa atin. Therefore, if there is oil present, it is a little matter for China. Kailangan natin ipaglaban at mapakinabangan. But it’s a huge assistance to us. Therefore, we must explore that; if there is oil there, we will profit from doing so “Added he.

Additionally, Marcos emphasized how crucial it is for the joint exploratory negotiations to address the “roadblock.”

He said this while acknowledging constitutional issues that contributed to the probable Philippines-China joint exploration delays.

“Atin naman talaga iyan, kasi kini-claim ng China kanila ‘yun. Therefore, according to the Pilipinas, “yung batas kailangan masundan ‘yung sa Pinas.” In both Chinese and Hindi, it is said that the word “masundan” is Chinese. (China is claiming [WPS] as its property, but it is ours.) This is the current bottleneck. We in the Philippines are required to abide by the law. However, the Chinese claim ownership of that and demand that their own rules be adhered to. The obstacle there is that), “said Marcos.

In November 2018, the Philippines and China agreed to work together to generate oil and gas in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

But the Philippines, under the Duterte administration, called off the negotiations before Marcos took office on June 30 due to constitutional limitations and concerns about the nation’s sovereignty.

In September of this year, the Department of Foreign Affairs stated that the two nations have only had “initial and general discussions” regarding potential collaborative exploration in the WPS and have not yet moved on to “working-level talks.”

Marcos and Chinese President Xi Jinping concurred that the immediate conclusion of negotiations for the final and legally binding Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea (SCS) will aid in resolving the maritime disputes between littoral states during their first bilateral meeting on November 17 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague, Netherlands, rejected Beijing’s ostensibly historic claims over practically the whole SCS, including the WPS, on July 12, 2016, giving the Philippines victory in their case against China.

Despite the historic victory for the Philippines, China has consistently disregarded the 2016 PCA judgment.

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