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Carpio: Joint explorations in West PH Sea must follow service contract

Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News
Jan 21 2021 05:14 PM

https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/01/21/21/carpio-joint-explorations-in-west-ph-sea-must-follow-service-contract

MANILA — Any joint exploration between China and the Philippines “must follow the service contract system” of the country as an assurance that the nation is not giving up its sovereign rights in the West Philippine Sea, retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said Thursday.

Carpio, in a virtual forum, said China would come in through the Philippine service contract system under the terms of reference in the memorandum of understanding signed by the two countries on oil and gas development.

The contract system being referred to states that the oil and gas belong to the Philippines, and the country would govern the interpretation of the service contract. Both countries have signed a memorandum of agreement in November 2018 and the terms of reference (TOR) in August 2019.

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