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Magdalo solon hopes gov’t will protect PH sovereignty in China oil project

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Magdalo Party-list Rep. Manuel Cabochan III urged government agencies to stand by their sworn duty to protect the country’s sovereignty amidst President Rodrigo Duterte’s latest remarks over the proposed joint exploration in the South China Sea.

Cabochan made the statement following the President’s latest pronouncement Beijing offered the Manila the bigger share in the profit from the planned joint oil exploration deal along the disputed South China Sea territories if it abandons its legal victory over the Asian superpower in the arbitral case.

“While our very President flip-flops on his stand on the West Philippine Sea and seems to forget his mandate, I hope other government agencies will stand by their sworn duty,” said Cabochan.

Duterte on Tuesday said Chinese President Xi Jinping had promised that the Philippines would receive 60 percent share in the income of the joint exploration should Manila abandon The Hague ruling which invalidated China’s nine-dash line—Beijing’s basis in claiming the entire SCS region.

Cabochan stressed that “sovereignty and territorial integrity have no cost.”

The Duterte Administration has filed about 60 diplomatic protest—including 39 notes verbale—against Chinese incursions in SCS according to Foreign Affairs Sec. Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr.

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