Gatchalian walang tiwala sa China sa joint oil exploration

Gatchalian walang tiwala sa China sa joint oil exploration

January 9, 2023 @ 5:20 PM 4 weeks ago


MANILA, Philippines – Nagpahayag ng panghihinala si Senador Sherwin Gatchalian na tutugon ang China sa kagustuhan ng Pilipinas hinggil sa panukalang joint oil and gas exploration sa South China Sea kahit sa ilalim ng kasalukuyang administrasyon.

Sa pahayag, ipinaalala ni Gatchalian, dating chairman ng Senate committee on energy ang talakayan sa panukalang joint exploration sa nakaraang administrasyon na nagresulta sa hindi pagkakaunawaan dahil umayaw ang China sa basic terms na hinihingi ng ating gobyerno sa pagminina at pagpapaunlad ng yamang lanigs sa teritoryo ng bansa na nakatakda sa Presidential Decree No. 87.

“Four years ago, the Duterte administration tried to pursue the joint exploration. In fact, they even created a technical working group (TWG) to discuss the legal issues. I remember the chairman is the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) secretary, and the co-chairman is the DOE (Department of Energy chief),” ayon kay Gatchalian sa interview ng Super Radyo DZBB.

“The dialogues did not go anywhere. There was a deadlock as to whose law should be followed,” giit pa ng Senador.

Sinabi ni Gatchalian na dapat pasalamatan ang dating administrasyon na nagmatigas sa posisyon nito na dapat sumunod ang Beijing sa batas at Konstitusiyon ng bansa.

“Let’s remember that before (former foreign affairs) secretary (Teodoro) Locsin (Jr.) stepped down, that’s what he said, that it was very difficult to move forward because our minimum requirement is that our Constitution and our law should be followed,” aniya.

“And that is still my position: That we must follow our Constitution, follow the law that operationalized it, the PD 87. And that 60 percent of the income goes here to us,” giit pa ng senador.

Inihayag din ni Gatchalian na imposible din ang panawagan sa China na paalisin ang barko nito sa West Philippine Sea bago simulant ang anumang pag-uusap sa joint exploration.

“It was already hard to insist on observing our laws and our Constitution. It would be even harder to move the subject from there,” paliwanag ng mambabatas.

“That’s why it’s too complicated. For almost four years, the Duterte administraiton tried to agree to a joint exploration but they had difficulty finding a solution to the problem,” ayon kay Gatchalian.

“But if the talks will reopen, China already knows our minimum (requirements), so let’s just see whether they will agree to our requests or not,” dagdag ng mambabatas mulang Valenzuela.

Iginiit pa ni Gatchalian na dapat ikonsidera din ng pamahalaan ang pag-uusap sa joint exploration agreement sa ibang interesadong bansa bukod sa China.

“Because to me, it is also important that we have an exploration there, because our budget is growing, our economy is growing. We are one of the fastest ones, they hear our (GDP) growth is at seven (7) percent, while many other countries are suprisingly only at one percent, the others are even in recession,” aniya.

“So we will still need oil and gas and energy for the next year. That’s why it is important that we still explore the West Philippine Sea. Because I admit that’s where the biggest potential is. If we see Malampaya and the other service contracts, it’s all there. So we should have an exploration there,” giit pa ng senador.

“Our minds are open to (joint exploration) as long as our most basic requirement of constitutional compliance and local law compliance is followed, no matter who it is, whether China, Japan, or Vietnam. The important thing is that they recognize or follow our Constitution and our local laws,” ayon kay Gatchalian. Ernie Reyes