De Lima on Recto Bank exploration deal with China: How can PH honor it without knowing if it’s constitutional?

De Lima on Recto Bank exploration deal with China: How can PH honor it without knowing if it’s constitutional?

By Ernie Reyes

Recto Bank in West Philippine Sea (UNTV photo courtesy)

MANILA — Re-electionist Senator Leila M. de Lima chided President Duterte for acting as China’s spokesperson anew by asking the Filipinos to honor the supposed Recto Bank (Reed Bank) exploration agreement deal with China to avoid conflict.

De Lima maintained that the only way for the Philippines to move forward with any exploration deal with China is “if they acknowledge our sovereign rights over our continental shelf and EEZ under UNCLOS,” stressing that “anything short of that is unacceptable.”

“Now that Duterte has lifted the moratorium on oil and natural gas exploration in Recto Bank, he returns as a spokesperson to China to communicate their threat if we do not push through with a joint exploration with them,” she said. (ai/mtvn)

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