Pinas, umatras na sa oil, gas talks sa China

Pinas, umatras na sa oil, gas talks sa China

June 24, 2022 @ 8:39 AM 3 days ago

MANILA, Philippines – Sinabi ni Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. na hindi na itutuloy ng Pilipinas at tuluyan na itong umatras sa pakikipag-usap sa China upang i-explore at i-exploit ang posibleng oil at gas reserves sa West Philippine Sea (WPS).

Ang katuwiran ni Locsin, hindi puwedeng talikuran ng PIlipinas ang “Constitutional limits.”

Sa kanyang naging talumpati sa ika-124 DFA Foundation Day, sinabi ng Kalihim na ang nasabing pag-uusap ay tuluyan nang winakasan matapos na ipag-utos ni Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte.

Hindi naman nagbigay pa ng ibang detalye si Locsin kung kailan itinigil ang talakayan.

“Just because we have differences does not mean we have to fight over everything. In that spirit I tried for three years to come to an agreement to facilitate exploration for and exploitation of oil and gas in the West Philippine Sea. We got as far as it is constitutionally possible to go,” ayon kay Locsin.

“One step forward from where we stood on the edge of the abyss is a drop into constitutional crisis. That explains the sudden pull-back on my part which unravelled three years of sincere hard work on the part of Wang Yi and me. We had both tried to go as far as we could — without renouncing China’s aspiration on his part; and constitutional limitations on my part. I shut down shop completely,” dagdag na pahayag nito.

“The president had spoken. I carried out his instructions to the letter: oil and gas discussions are terminated completely. Nothing is pending; everything is over. Three years on and we had not achieved our objective of developing oil and gas resources so critical for the Philippines — but not at the price of sovereignty; not even a particle of it,” aniya pa rin.

At sa paghahanda niya sa kanyang pagbaba sa tanggapn, muling inulit ni Locsin na hindi humina ang karapatan ng Pilipinas sa WPS . Sa katunayan ay ipinagmalaki nito ang foreign policy accomplishments sa panahon ng liderato ni Pangulong Duterte.

“This includes upholding the rule of law and holding on to UNCLOS and the 2016 arbitral award, describing them as “the twin anchors of the Philippine position on the West Philippine and South China Seas.” ayon kay Locsin.

Tinukoy din niya ang paghahain ng diplomatic protests sa bawat intrusyon.

“Let me say one thing: we have not surrendered a single inch of territory or a drop of our waters. Not by word or deed have we weakened our right to everything in the West Philippine Sea,” ayon sa Kalihim.

“Without inviting pity by asking, we achieved an international consensus that right is with us and might cannot ever take it away. In the 21st century, the first incontestable and most significant victory at sea is Filipino.” aniya pa rin.

Sinabi pa ng Kalihim, ang Pilipinas, sa panahon ng nakikipagnegosasyon para sa code of conduct sa South China Sea, iginiit na “not excluding other powers though clarified that China has never asked for that.”

“To be fair, China has never asked for that. If her interest is harnessing the stopping power of water to stall an attack on herself, then littoral states like ours can give her ample forewarning. We have a mutual defense treaty with our only conceivable military ally. We have no joint aggression pact with any power,” ayon kay Locsin.

Kaya nga, bahala na aniya ang susunod na administrasyon na protektahan ang sobereniya ng bansa, sabay sabing ang pagsuko sa anumang bahagi ng Philippine sovereignty ay hindi opsyon.

“It remains with the new administration to protect our sovereignty all the way to the wire. And now I can rest. The irreducible template of what is constitutionally possible is there in black and white. Surrender of any portion of Philippine sovereignty is not an option. Not for love; not for money. I thank my immediate team. Their names I will not say; the country still needs them to protect our country’s sovereignty,” ang litaniya ni Locsin. Kris Jose