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MANILA, Philippines—Another conflict is brewing in the West Philippine Sea, this time between the Philippines and Taiwan over oil and gas exploration around Ligao Island, the largest islet in the Spratlys group.

The Philippine government on Saturday asserted its sovereign right to “explore and exploit” resources in the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as Taiwan announced plans to begin looking for oil and gas in  disputed areas of the Spratlys islands chain.

Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson, said Saturday that only the Philippines could explore in those parts of the Spratlys that lies within the country’s 200-nautical mile continental shelf.

Reports from Taiwan said island nation’s Bureau of Mines and state-run oil supplier CPC Corp. were keen on starting exploration for oil and gas in waters around Ligao Island, the largest Spratlys island that the Taiwanese call Taiping.

China, Vietnam and the Philippines have claims to Ligao Island.

The Philippines earlier this year offered oil exploration contracts in its claimed part of the Spratlys, a move that drew criticism from counter-claimants, especially China.

Without directly criticizing Taiwan for the move, Hernandez said foreign exploration within the Philippines’ EEZ must be signed off by Manila in compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos).

“The Philippines has exclusive sovereign rights to explore and exploit all types of resources in its continental shelf within the 200 nautical miles measured from the baselines in the western side of the Philippine archipelago,” Hernandez said.

“No country can conduct oil exploration in the PH continental shelf in the West Philippine Sea without the permission of the government, as provided for under Unclos,” he said.

Known to be dependent on oil imports, Taiwan is initiating the oil exploration to build up its oil resources, the reports said.

Taiwan’s announcement came amid renewed tensions between China and the Philippines over reports of Chinese ships patrolling in the West Philippine Sea and plans to fortify Sansha City, an administrative domain established to govern all of the Spratlys.

The Philippines called both developments violations of international law and disrespectful of the Philippines’ sovereign right to its EEZ.

China this week deployed an oceangoing ship in the disputed waters, the first time for a Chinese vessel to patrol beyond its coastal waters.  The patrol started ahead of the implementation of a new policing law allowing Hainan province’s authorities to board and inspect foreign ships that will pass by the South China Sea, a critical international trading route.


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Tags: Ligao Island , Spratlys , Taiwan , Unclos , United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea , West Philippine Sea

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000757411495 Ben Sanchez

    IMBES NA MAGDEBATE KAYO O LAITIN ANG KAPWA NYO DITO MAS MAGANDA SIGURO KUNG MGA MAGPALITAN NA LANG TAYO NG OPINYON  O KURO KURO. lUMALABAS KASI NA SA GINAGAWA NYO EH PANDAGDAG KAYO SA PROBLEMA NG PINAS KAYA DI MAKAUSAD USAD NG HUSTO.

  • DakuAkongUtin

    SIno ang kurap sa Pinas? Wala ng iba kung ang Pulis. Bigyan  mo ng baril ang dateng mukoy, ang utak ay lumalaki . Bigyan mo yan ng pang inuman,  lalong lumalaki ang utak. Bigyan mo ng bala , lalong maghuhuramentado mga yan . Dios Ko Purque Santo , kawawang bayang Kayumangmang !

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

      Ang korap sa Pinas Chicken lang yan sa China. Kalsada na biyak milya milya yan. ang Tulay na bumagsak 100 yan. Ang Gorges dam nila biyak bilyon dollar yan. Mga pabahay na sideways kung bumagsak Bilyon din. Train na pinakamabilis daw. ayaw sakyan ng kalahi nila dahil bumagsak. Mga helicopter 100 ararw yan na may crash jet fighter na stealth daw araw araw may bumabagsak. ano pa? Mabuti ang air craft carrier galing Russia kung di taub din yan. Wala puro yabang. D kayo mabubuhay sa kayabangan kahit anong laki ng bansa nyo hoy. Maliit lang ang Pilipinas pero d pwede e etsapuera. nag kaproblem mga bossing mo. Kaya dito ka nag chu chu pa. damay ang embassy nyo dahil dun mo pa guinawa. Vastos!!!!

      • DakuAkongUtin

        Rau, katapos mo lang kumain ng botchang asado? Ayan nagpuputak ka naman parang sirang plaka. Hala , yang atay mo ay kakain sa mga bakterya ng botcha. Hindi bale, malapit na yang maging kanser. Patay ang labas dyan, dios Ko Porto Santo Domingo.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

        SARS mas dreaded from China. Ikaw nag dala nyan dito. 12k ang patay dyan na kalahi na kayumaomao. Ang kanser dun 10 million dahil sa Polusyon , lead at mercury. Wala pa ang namatay sa Hepa B virus dahila sa Chpstick na recycled in restaurant dun. hamakin mo! Ikaw ang putak ng putak dyan dahil chupaping ka!Lol

  • http://twitter.com/Batiquos Komen To

    A Taiwanese officemate once told me that before Marcos, Taiwanese travel to the Philippines as workers. Now it’s the reverse. But I still have high hopes that Filipinos can join together to reverse the situation in this country. Those barking and shouting producing nothing but noise are most likely not Filipinos



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