Philippine bans all foreign marine survey ships Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) - August 13, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — As reports of alleged presence of Chinese survey ships in Philippine waters sparked security concerns among the public and the military, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said he will ”universalize” the ban on such vessels to include those operated by the Chinese. “I banned marine survey ships, amending restriction to France & Japan by adding China. To pick & choose invites suspicion of favoritism. Will universalize the ban. Period. Granting exception to one country will automatically lift ban universally,” Locsin tweeted yesterday. “Exceptions invite bribes.” His tweet was in reaction to presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo’s statement that he sees nothing wrong with seeking US help in monitoring the Philippines’ … [Read more...] about Philippine bans all foreign marine survey ships
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Among the possible gains that President Rodrigo Duterte could achieve in his fifth trip to Beijing as chief executive is securing Manila’s majority share in the proposed joint oil exploration with China, his spokesperson Salvador Panelo said. “We need to get something out of this friendship and I think the joint exploration would be a good one given the fact that it was the Chinese government that offered the 60-40 ratio,” Panelo said. Duterte on Thursday said he is amenable to sharing oil resources with China in the West Philippine Sea for as long as Manila gets the bigger cut. The West Philippine Sea is the country's exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea, which Beijing claims in near entirety. China, according to Duterte, proposed the 60-40 sharing deal, in favor of the Philippines. “And they have proposed a 60-40 (split). OK na ’yan para sa akin (That’s OK with me), but that could be a later topic if we have time,” … [Read more...] about Palace: PH needs to benefit from China friendship
MANILA -- A state-run newspaper in China praised President Rodrigo Duterte's policy that allows Chinese fishermen to venture into waters where the Philippines is supposed to have exclusive rights over resources. Duterte, in his fourth State of the Nation Address on Monday, said the fishing deal in the West Philippine Sea would prevent war between war and Beijing. "Why did Duterte persist in acting in a peaceful, cooperative and restrained way in the South China Sea despite some domestic criticism and US instigation? Because Duterte has realized that putting disputes aside and seeking cooperation with China brings most benefits to his country," columnist Li Qinqing said in an opinion piece on Global Times. "Through cooperative development, China and the Philippines are making an effort to ease tensions in the region and explore a new path of regional cooperation," added Li. Global Times is published by the ruling Communist Party’s People’s Daily and has a circulation of … [Read more...] about Chinese newspaper lauds Duterte’s West PH Sea policy
Supreme Court Justice Antonio T. Carpio believes that it was not a collision of fishing vessels that happened on June 9 in Reed Bank (Philippine name: Recto Bank; Chinese name: Liyue Tan), 80 nautical miles off Palawan and within the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone. It was a Chinese militia ship ramming a Philippine fishing vessel. “China’s maritime militia vessels have reinforced steel hulls purposely for ramming fishing vessels of other coastal states. No other coastal state has fishing vessels purposely designed for ramming other fishing vessels. Captains of ordinary Chinese fishing vessels do not engage in ramming for fear of inflicting damage to their own vessels. It is thus highly likely that a Chinese maritime militia vessel rammed the Filipino fishing vessel F/B Gimver 1,” Carpio said in a statement. The statement from Chinese Embassy in Manila insisted that it was "a Chinese fishing boat from Guangdong Province, China” and identified it as … [Read more...] about OPINION: Why is there a Chinese military vessel in Reed Bank?