Ralph Recto: PH-China relations like walking on tightrope
Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto said the Philippines’ maritime dispute with China and the search for energy independence is like being “caught between a dark future and a powerful force.”
The Batangas politiko made the remark following the push of the two countries for a joint oil exploration of the South China Sea.
“The Malampaya field off Palawan could run out of natural gas by 2024. This spectre of energy starvation is what should drive the renewed hunt for new gas and oil fields within our seas,” Recto said.
He explained that the Philippines will have to import fuel to replace the supply Malampaya provides for Luzon’s energy needs.
“The West Philippine Sea is our fuel and fish depot. It is our principal source of protein and power. However, we cannot deny the cruel reality that our country is facing a huge barrier, or a great wall, in accessing these,” Recto said.
“It is not easy to walk on this tightrope, of cooperating with another nation and contesting some of its actions at the same time,” he added.
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