- Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano called out critics of the joint exploration
- He asked for open-mindedness and look at the possible benefits
- The secretary also gave assurance that the Philippines will not compromise and will make sure that we will benefit greatly
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano called out critics of the joint exploration of Philippines and China in the disputed territories. He called them ‘close-minded’ for not looking at the possible benefits of the joint exploration.
Cayetano was quoted by GMA saying, “Ideological or napakasarado naman ng isip ng iba na ayaw man lang pag-isipan how we can do it with whoever.”
He questioned the critics if they are willing to see Filipinos suffer from high costs of gasoline or use coal instead of natural gas from our power plants. He said, “What? They’d rather that the Filipino people suffer na mataas ang presyo ng gasolina natin, na we use coal instead of natural gas sa mga power plant natin? Eh paano pag naubos na ‘yung Malampaya?”
Malacañang announced last week that Recto Bank is one of the areas being considered for a joint exploration. Recto Bank has been identified to be rich in oil and gas reserves.
Cayetano admitted that the country is left only with a few options when it comes to dealing the disputed areas. He said, “The first issue is not the legal. The first issue is practical. So the practical way of doing it is having a joint scientific team to explore, then to share the information.”
The secretary also gave assurance that whatever the two countries decide, the President will make sure that we will not compromise. He said, “We are not compromising, selling off anything here. Eventually, if there is a commercial deal or a joint development, not only will we follow Philippine law. It will be the same or better than what we gave sa Malampaya.”