Bongbong Marcos is firm enough to say that President Rodrigo Du30 is not to blame for the lands invaded by China. The culprit is the 2016 legal victory of the Philippines against China before a United Nations-backed arbitral tribunal which invalidated Beijing’s expansive claim to the South China Sea. This created enormous tension that made the relations of both countries went sour. Thanks to Du30’s initiative, the Chinese leaders are willing to have talks on the South China Sea dispute. That leads to the signing of the MOU on oil and gas development.
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[VIDEO]: Wag sisihin and administrasyong Du30 sa pagkakamali ng nakaraang administrasyon sa usapin tungkol sa mga lapain na nakuha ng China.
Keeping an Open Mind on the South China Sea
Malacañang releases a copy of the memorandum of understanding. It is between the Philippines and China. The intention is to facilitate their cooperation in developing oil and gas resources in the West Philippine Sea. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio is one of the staunchest defenders of Philippine interests in the South China Sea. He decides to keep an open mind. Carpio is a foremost expert in this issue.
In Philippine’s Terms
Carpio said that the provisions of the agreement put the Philippines in a safe position. Manila would authorize the enterprise that represents it from those with service contracts in the area. He also explains that any joint exploration should be on Philippine terms. “China proposed joint exploration but in the Constitution, the country shall have full control and supervision,” he said.
Belt and Road Initiative
Meanwhile, the “Memorandum of Understanding Between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on Cooperation on the Belt and Road Initiative” deal is also formalized. It stresses the country’s intention to participate in China’s revival of the ancient Silk Road trade route.
Supporting China’s Bids
The former lawmaker expresses his support for China. He said that the country’s relations with the Asian neighbor have endured since the time of his father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos. Marcos clarifies that nobody wants war. China is very willing to have some talks too.
MOU is Designed to Resolve the Conflict
The MOU tries to settle the conflict in the South China Sea positions. It declares that all discussions and negotiations made by the two countries pursuant to the deal. There will be without prejudice to the respective legal positions of both governments.”