MASO hails PBBM’s ‘strong stance’ vs China in blocking joint oil, gas exploration

MASO hails PBBM’s ‘strong stance’ vs China in blocking joint oil, gas exploration

By Junex Doronio
December 2, 2022

MANILA — It’s time to cast aside political differences and rally behind President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. who has slammed China’s territorial claims in the West Philippine Sea which has caused a roadblock in the joint oil and gas exploration in the resource-rich region.

This was the call on Friday, December 2, by the socialist humanist Maharlika Solidarity (MASO) as it hailed the “bravery” of Marcos Jr. who asserted the “right to fight” for the country’s sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea.

“Ang talagang nangyari diyan is kasi kini-claim ng China kanila ‘yun, eh atin naman talaga ‘yan, so sinasabi namin, sinasabi ng Pilipinas basta ‘yung batas kailangan masundan ‘yung sa Pinas,” the President said when interviewed on Thursday, December 1.

Founded by a descendant of Lapu-Lapu on July 7, 2022 which coincided with the foundation anniversary of the Katipunan, MASO said in a statement that if ever there is a joint oil and gas exploration in the West Philippine Sea, it should benefit more the Filipino people and uplift their quality of life.

MASO — which supported the BBM-Sara Duterte UniTeam in 2022 — aims to be accredited with the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as a national political party for the 2025 mid-term polls.

“We’ll have to find a way kasi kailangan na natin eh… We already need… kung mahanap diyan, kailangan na talaga ng Pilipinas. ‘Yung China maliit na bagay sa kanila ‘yun eh, sa atin malaking bagay ‘yan so kailangan natin ipaglaban at mapakinabangan talaga kung meron ngang oil talaga,” PBBM earlier told reporters.

To recall, the Philippines and China signed in 2018 a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the joint exploration.

But in June this year, the DFA declared the termination of talks, saying the goal of developing the oil and gas resources was not achieved.

MASO assailed the “social-imperialist” tendencies of China which had long been warned about by its former paramount leader Deng Xiaoping who had called for its rejection in unity with the Chinese people but notably not with the one-party government.

China still stubbornly rejects a 2016 landmark ruling by an international arbitral tribunal in The Hague which invalidated its sweeping claims over the South China Sea, including the West Philippine Sea, and which recognized the Philippines’ sovereign rights to areas within its exclusive economic zone. (ai/mtvn)

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