• Govt halts explorations in South China Sea

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    THE government has ordered a temporary suspension of all exploration activities for mineral resources in a disputed part of the South China Sea pending resolution of the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China.

    Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla said concerned government agencies, including the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), have agreed that exploration activities in Recto Bank should be shelved until summer of this year.

    Petilla said the moratorium will give way for possible talks between the Philippine and Chinese governments to resolve the dispute.

    “The government decided to hold off all explorations in that area. At the very least, until this summer,” Petilla told reporters.

    If nothing happens to the talks, Petilla said he might ask the DFA, who initiated the suspension, to lift the moratorium so that explorations could push through.

    “I will ask again if it is possible to lift the moratorium, if there is any chance even if it’s only one percent, that needs to be explored. So even at the slightest chance, I think it is still worth delaying it,” he said.

    UK-based Forum Energy Plc plans to conduct this year a survey within Service Contract (SC) 72 to lay the groundwork for a drilling activity in a disputed part of the South China Sea.

    But because of the moratorium, Petilla said Forum Energy’s plan will have to be temporarily shelved. “Besides, it may also take some time to contract a drilling company,” he said.

    Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman of Philex Petroleum Corp., said that although they believe that China will not give up its claim on the disputed territory, the firm will still pursue the contract.

    Asked if Forum Energy will yield the project given the territorial dispute, Pangilinan said: “Of course not. I believe it’s ours.”

    Philex Petroleum holds a 60.49-percent interest in Forum Energy, which in turn has a 70-percent stake in SC 72.

    Due to delays in the exploration activities, Pangilinan said they will just apply for a contract extension when their contract expires in March next year.

    The Department of Energy has granted Forum Energy a one-year extension to drill the wells, giving the SC 72 license holder until Aug 15, 2016 to fulfill its work program on the gas exploration site.

    The survey is expected to help Forum Energy determine the stability of the sea basin and identify the ideal location for the oil rig, as well as the exact site where two appraisal wells will be drilled.

    Pangilinan earlier said that Forum Energy was looking to commence drilling activity in the Sampaguita gas field within the disputed Reed Bank sometime in the first or second quarter of 2016.

    Forum Energy got the SC 72 contract in February 2010. Under the work program, the contractor has an obligation to drill the wells by August 2011.

    That deadline was extended to August 2015 to avoid further inflaming a row with China, which is claiming most of the South China Sea territories.

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    1. The CPC formally admits that it does not follow the the Declaration on the Code of Conduct.

      It should be very clear to not just Vietnam , Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines but to the whole world that the dictatorship of Xi and the leadership of the CPC means to control all of South East Asia. These resent reclamation projects in the South China Sea are meant to establish military bases in the area that threaten not only Vietnam , Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines but the stability of the Western Pacific. Everyone has seen that Agreements made by the CPC means nothing to them.

      The CPC agreed to the Declaration on the Code of Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea and these reclamation projects are a clear violation of section 5.

      Section 5.

      The Parties undertake to exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities that would complicate or escalate disputes and affect peace and stability including, among others, refraining from action of inhabiting on the presently uninhabited islands, reefs, shoals, cays, and other features and to handle their differences in a constructive manner.

      Very soon the dictatorship of Xi and the leadership of the CPC will have several military bases in the South China Sea. From the above article

      It is clear that Xi and the leadership of the CPC means to control everything both economical and militarly in the South China Sea. This will happen very soon if they are not stopped NOW.

      What can be done?

      Clearly negotiations will not work because the CPC will not comply with any agreements they make.

      Clearly going to the UN will not work because the dictatorship of Xi and the leadership of the CPC has already said that they will not comply with any UN mandate.

      Clearly appeasement will not work because the dictatorship of Xi and the leadership of the CPC intends to control all of South East Asia and will stop at nothing until that is achieved. The dictatorship of Xi and the leadership of the CPC will continue its slow and methodical progression. Step by Step.

      So what should be done?

      1) Vietnam , Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and the Philippines should get together and divide up the South China Sea. As the CPC has refused multilateral negotiations, they need not be a party to them.

      2) Vietnam , Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and the Philippines should establish ADIZs that cover the South China Sea.

      3) Vietnam , Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and the Philippines should invite the US, Australia, Japan and India for training exercises in the South China Sea. This should be a large exercise. The US should sent 5 Amphibious Expeditionary Strike Groups and 5 Carrier Strike Groups. This configuration would have available up to 500 carrier strike aircraft, 5 carriers, 5 amphibious assault ships, 10 LSD and LPDs, 30 cruisers or destroyers, 10 submarines, 11,000 Amphibious Marines.

      4) At the same time the Philippines should resupply the personal located on Second Thomas Shoal.

      5) At the same time Vietnam , Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and the Philippines should stop all supplies from reaching all CPC reclamation projects in the South China Sea until the CPC withdraws all personal and equipment.

      6) At the same time Vietnam , Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan and the Philippines together with the US, Australia, Japan and India should notify the CPC that any aggressive moves by the CPC will not be tolerated and will be dealt with.

      These timely moves should restore the stability to the South China Sea to the benefit of all.

    2. That is pilipino way no more balls to fight what is for the coutry they are fighting in terms of corruption and power inside philippines territory.a political gained and self interest. But to fight for sovereignty and dignity to be pilipino no more it is so timid and cowardly..we need to fight and protected our sovereignty start to move now..

    3. Its sad to have a leader that can not a nation….I admire the father but not the way his son lead the country…The people had trusted him knowing that the country will be uplifted from CORRUPTION but still slow in leading the nation…

      Its your own territory you are suspending temporarily your exploration wherein CHINA keep on reclaiming and converting them into garrison. So he is thinking of possibility of negotiation between their goverment….he even do not submit himself to UNCLOS or ITLOS so what do we expect watch CHINA do all the exploration for us and say here is your SHARE……..LOL

    4. halting exploration because of pending case at The Hague is acceptable but halting it because of ” possible talks between the Philippine and Chinese governments to resolve the dispute.” is dumb.

      They’re done talking. They’re already reclaiming reefs and transforming them to islands.

    5. Rosauro Feliciano on

      Suspending our activities in that area means that we are doubtful about our territorial ownership. It is similar to what had happened in the Bajo Misinloc. Are we afraid of China simply because China is very strong in terms of its superior armed forces? Why are we going to be intimidated by the Chinese when we are no longer living in a period when there was no United Nations to mediate disputes among nations?

    6. It is an ACT of COWARDICE knowing pretty well it is the territory of the Philippines. This decision is analogous to Bajo de Masinloc when Philippines got out and Communist China DID NOT HONOR HER WORDS to leave Bajo de Masinloc. It is full of stupidity when Philippines can’t see no more of Andres Bonifacio and the del Pilars. Are Filipinos ready to become SLAVES AGAIN? Don’t you know there is ONLY ONE LIFE TO LIVE? Die in dignity and honor. Shame on the Filipino cowards. Where are the corrupt politicians?

    7. This is the result when we have coward President.Time to form a Transition Government.Coward P-NOY is putting our National Security internal and external in danger.This SOB have to go.

    8. Temporary suspension of all exploration activities within the phil.territory manifests the abandonment of our rights over the territory… foreign countries may opt to enter into an agreement with the chinese instead, as the phil. govt is reluctant for fear of reprisal from the bully…