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China opens oil and gas exploration to foreign firms

Jan 09, 2020 - 7:45 PM

Foreign firms registered in China with net assets of not less than 300 million yuan ($43 million) can obtain oil and gas mining rights

MORE ON IMAGE FORUM Employees work on the drill well at an exploration site in the Longgang gas field in Lishan, in southwest China's Sichuan province, 17 May 2007, potentially the largest natural gas reserves on the mainland. Energy-hungry China has started drilling what it says will be Asia's deepest oil and gas well, as state-owned Sinopec plans for the Chuanke No. 1 Well in southwest Sichuan province to reach a depth of 8,875 metres (30,000 feet) -- more than the height of Mount Everest, while natural gas output in China in 2006 reached 58.6 billion cubic metres, up 16.9 percent over the previous year but growing slower than the 20.6 percent in 2005. AFP PHOTO/LIU Jin (Photo by LIU JIN / AFP)

Carpio: No need for China recognition of PH ownership in joint exploration

Oct 30, 2019 - 5:01 PM

Retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio says the fact oil and gas exploration will be done through a service contract means China will be recognizing Philippine sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea

WEST PHILIPPINE SEA. Retired Supreme Court senior associate justice Antonio Carpio says the Philippines is safe with the memorandum of understading with China on oil and gas exploration in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Philippines, China hold first meeting on oil, gas exploration deal

Oct 30, 2019 - 1:35 PM

The official establishment of the Philippines-China intergovernmental joint steering committee brings the two countries closer to exploiting natural resources in the West Philippine Sea

OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION. The Philippines and China officially establish the inter-governmental joint steering committee on oil and gas exploration on October 28,2019 in Beijing, China. Photo by the Department of Foreign Affairs

Robredo: China ‘must first recognize’ PH ownership in joint exploration

Oct 28, 2019 - 12:49 PM

'That should be one of our most basic demands: that before we enter into a contract with them, they recognize first our ownership and our sovereignty over those [areas],' says Vice President Leni Robredo

RECOGNIZE PH OWNERSHIP FIRST. Vice President Leni Robredo continues to be wary of the proposed joint oil and gas deal between the Philippines and China. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Duterte fires gov't oil exploration corporation chief

Oct 15, 2019 - 3:12 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte aired his displeasure over PNOC-EC chief Pedro Aquino Jr during a Cabinet meeting on October 11

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with some members of the cabinet prior to the start of the 42nd Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on October 11, 2019. Malacañang Photo

De Lima: Duterte to ‘leave a generation of beggars’ after oil deal with China

Sep 15, 2019 - 12:46 PM

Senator Leila de Lima hits the 'gall of the President to even think of setting aside our legal victory at The Hague' in favor of the joint exploration deal with China in the West Philippine Sea

'THE GALL OF DUTERTE.' Senator Leila de Lima slams President Rodrigo Duterte over the joint exploration deal with China in the West Philippine Sea. Photo from Office of Senator Leila de Lima.

Robredo hits Duterte's 'shameful' sellout to China over oil, gas deal

Sep 12, 2019 - 2:47 PM

'Why are the President and his administration the very ones who undermine our decisive victory before the arbitral tribunal in 2016 with remarks such as this?' asks Vice President Leni Robredo

ASSERTING PH RIGHTS. Vice President Leni Robredo slams President Rodrigo Duterte for once again downplaying the Philippines' arbitral victory against Chia over the West Philippine Sea. File photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Del Rosario warns Duterte over 'ignoring' arbitral ruling in joint exploration with China

Sep 11, 2019 - 10:33 PM

Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario says the Duterte government has a choice not to set aside the historic ruling as a service contract arrangement would remain faithful to both the Constitution and the ruling

PH-CHINA TIES. President Rodrigo Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping discuss matters during the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang photo

Locsin says arbitral ruling 'unnecessary' in joint exploration with China

Sep 11, 2019 - 3:52 PM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr says this is because the memorandum of understanding is clear the venture will be done without prejudice to Manila and Beijing's claims in the West Philippine Sea

TOP DIPLOMATS. In this file photo, Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr (L) and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (R) arrive for a press conference at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on March 20, 2019. Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Duterte 'ignoring' arbitral ruling to make way for joint exploration

Sep 10, 2019 - 9:46 PM

After repeatedly saying he will assert the Hague ruling before China, President Rodrigo Duterte says the landmark decision can be ignored

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping pose for posterity prior to the start of the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Philippines, China form groups to implement oil, gas exploration deal

Aug 30, 2019 - 8:57 AM

(UPDATED) The creation of the groups brings the two countries one step closer to implementing contracts on exploiting natural resources in the West Philippine Sea

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping discuss matters during the bilateral meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on August 29, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Joint oil, gas exploration deals to abide by both PH, Chinese laws – Sta Romana

Aug 29, 2019 - 2:46 PM

The Chinese are willing to be 'flexible' and 'pragmatic' as the two countries thresh out cooperation agreements on exploiting the resource-rich West Philippine Sea, says the Philippine envoy to China

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives a warm welcome from Philippine Ambassador to the People's Republic of China Jose Sta. Romana upon his arrival at the Beijing Capital International Airport in the People's Republic of China on August 28, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte EO removes obstacle to oil exploration deal with China firm

May 30, 2019 - 12:25 PM

With Executive Order No. 80, public bidding is no longer required for PNOC Exploration Corporation to tap firms hoping to participate in its petroleum service contracts

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the Joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on April 8, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] DFA foils oil exploration with China – for now

Dec 27, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr emaciates Beijing's MOU to start joint development by making it an 'agreement to negotiate'

Carpio, Del Rosario say PH 'safe' with China oil deal

Nov 23, 2018 - 10:09 PM

Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio and Ambassador Albert del Rosario agree that 'nothing is being given away' in the oil deal between the Philippines and China

DEFENDER. Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio speaks at a West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) forum in Makati on November 23, 2018. Photo by LeAnne/Rappler

Del Rosario calls for 'full transparency' in PH-China oil deal

Nov 21, 2018 - 11:25 AM

'It behooves our negotiators to ensure that our Constitution is not violated,' former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario tells Rappler

FULL TRANSPARENCY. Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario calls on Filipinos to seek 'full transparency' about possible oil and gas development in the West Philippine Sea. Photo by Angie de Silva

2 senators ask Duterte to release details of draft deals with China

Nov 19, 2018 - 3:53 PM

Senators Antonio Trillanes IV and Francis Pangilinan also seek a Senate probe into the deals that will be signed by President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping

COOPERATING WITH CHINA. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with President Xi Jinping during his state visit in October 2016. File photo by Toto Lozano/PPD

‘Oil is everything’ – Duterte’s rhetoric on West PH Sea joint exploration

Nov 16, 2018 - 1:00 PM

In the weeks leading to a framework agreement on joint exploration with China, President Rodrigo Duterte emphasizes the Philippines' need for oil

PH signs deal with Israeli firm for oil exploration east of Palawan

Oct 18, 2018 - 9:30 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte signs a Petroleum Service Contract allowing Israeli company Ratio Petroleum Ltd to explore for oil and gas in a 416,000-hectare area east of Palawan

PHILIPPINE-ISRAEL ENERGY COOPERATION: Officials of the Philippine government, the State of Israel and Israeli firm, Ratio Petroleum Ltd., come together for a photo after President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed today (17 October) the Petroleum Service Contract of Area 4 (East Palawan) under the Fifth Philippine Energy Contracting Round.  (L-R) DOE Assistant Secretary Caron Aicitel E. Lascano, DOE Undersecretary Donato D. Marcos, DOE Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi, Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin Jr., President Rodrigo R. Duterte, H.E. Rafael Harpaz, Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines, Mr. Yigal Landau, owner and Member of the Board of Ratio Petroleum Ltd., Mr. Eitan Aizenberg, Chairman and Senior Vice President for Exploration and Production of Ratio and Petroleum Ltd., and Mr. Itay Raphael Tabibzada, CEO and President of Ratio Petroleum Ltd. Photo from DOE Public Affairs Office

Philippines to sign exploration deal with Israeli oil company

Sep 04, 2018 - 3:33 PM

The Philippines offers Ratio Petroleum an area east of Palawan to explore for oil resources

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shakes hands with Armed Forces of the Philippines Vice Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Salvador Mison Jr. as the President was accorded foyer honors at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 in Pasay City on September 2, 2018 before heading off to his official visits to the State of Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Malacañang: Two areas being considered for joint exploration with China

Mar 02, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Service Contracts 57 and 72 are top of mind for Malacañang when it comes to possible joint exploration agreements between Philippine and Chinese corporations

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua as the latter accompanied the Communist Party of China Central Committee Member Meng Xiangfeng who met with the President at Malacañan Palace on January 9, 2017. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Philippines to consult ASEAN on joint China sea oil search

Jul 26, 2017 - 6:41 PM

It will not be a unilateral action from the Philippines because the premise of the president is peace and stability and unilateral action by anybody leads to destabilization Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano tells reporters

JOINT SEA OIL SEARCH? China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) and Philippine Foreign Affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano (R) attend a joint press conference in Manila on July 25, 2017. Photo by Noel Celis/ AFP

Duterte envoy De Venecia proposes joint development with China

May 14, 2017 - 4:35 PM

At the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing Duterte envoy Jose de Venecia Jr suggests turning the South China Sea into a zone of friendship

'POTENTIAL FOR PEACE.' Duterte's special envoy and former House Speaker Jose De Venecia proposes joint development of oil and natural gas in the South China Sea. Image from BRI livestream

Duterte to China: Let's share oil in West PH Sea

Dec 19, 2016 - 11:45 PM

Kung gusto ninyo let s just develop what s the oil there hati hati nalang tayo says President Rodrigo Duterte

DEAL WITH CHINA? President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during the awarding ceremony for the 2016 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas at the Malacañang Palace on December 19, 2016. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Oil spill tests on ice prove Arctic quests risky

Apr 03, 2016 - 11:10 PM

The tests reveal just how hazardous and challenging it would be if an oil spill hits the lucrative Arctic region

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Anne KAURANEN (FILES) This file photo taken on February 5, 2016 shows Marine experts in Tornio, northern Finland, drilling holes in the sea-ice and inject dye into the water to study how it flows, to model how an oil spill would behave underneath the arctic ice.   As the world's superpowers eye the lucrative Arctic region with growing interest, unprecedented oil spill clean-up tests in icy Finnish conditions reveal just how hazardous and challenging an accident in the Arctic's pristine sea ice could be. / AFP / Sam Kingsley

Binay 'presidency' to seek better PH-China ties

Apr 25, 2015 - 2:47 PM

What s wrong with that? Vice President Jejomar Binay says when asked if he would allow joint oil and gas exploration with China in disputed territory if he is elected president

BOOSTING TIES. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua (right) pays a courtesy visit to Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay (left) on April 15, 2014. Photo courtesy of the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines

Supreme Court stops oil exploration in Tañon Strait

Apr 21, 2015 - 5:40 PM

UPDATED A project of the Department of Energy and a Japanese company are deemed unconstitutional for taking place in an environmentally critical seascape

TAÑON'S TREASURES. A spinner dolphin greets human visitors in Tañon Strait. Photo courtesy of Razcel Salvarita

PH asks US to probe Filipino oil worker's death

Nov 01, 2013 - 12:32 PM

Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr makes this appeal to the US Interior Department s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

DEADLY BLAST. Commercial vessels spray water to extinguish a platform fire on board the West Delta 32 oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico off Grand Isle, Louisiana on November 16, 2012. AFP PHOTO / HNADOUT / US COAST GUARD

2nd deadliest US industry kills another Filipino

Oct 30, 2013 - 7:24 PM

Peter Jorge Voces belonged to a deadly industry that killed 3 Filipinos before him

DEADLY BLAST. Commercial vessels spray water to extinguish a platform fire on board the West Delta 32 oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico off Grand Isle, Louisiana on November 16, 2012. AFP PHOTO / HNADOUT / US COAST GUARD

Africa's most biodiverse area endangered by UK oil firm – WWF

Oct 08, 2013 - 8:56 AM

The wildlife charity claims that Soco International s oil exploration activities in and around Virunga National Park puts people animals and habitats at risk

Basic Energy, Malaysian firm in oil exploration venture

Feb 12, 2013 - 1:18 PM

The companies agree to establish a joint venture that will engage in the exploration and operation of oil wells

MILF: Put off oil exploration bids in Liguasan

Oct 30, 2012 - 1:17 PM

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front asks the government to put off oil exploration bids in central Mindanao

Taiwan protests over Philippine plan for Spratlys

Mar 13, 2012 - 11:48 AM

Taiwan protested Tuesday over a Philippine plan to explore oil and gas in disputed waters in the South China Sea where Taipei claims sovereignty