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Former nat’l security adviser Golez gives 7 reasons why PH-China joint oil drilling threatens nat’l security

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on August 1 expressed support for the possibility of a joint energy exploration with the Philippines in the South China Sea.

Wang made this statement a day after President Rodrigo Duterte said that the Philippines has found a partner in developing oil fields, adding that exploration and exploitation of the resources in the disputed territory would start again this year.

Wang also warned against “unilateral development” by other claimants to the South China Sea to avoid tensions and the possibility that no one would have access to develop the available resources in the territory.

Energy exploration at Recto Bank has been suspended since 2014 while waiting for the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. The PCA did rule on July 12 in favor of the Philippines, invalidating China’s claim of sovereignty over the entire South China Sea.

Former national security adviser Roilo Golez took to Facebook to offer his thoughts as to why a joint oil exploration and drilling venture with China in the West Philippine Sea, particularly in Recto Bank, is “against Philippine national interest and a threat to national security.” Here are his 7 reasons:

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“1. It will be a violation of the Philippine Constitution which states, Article XII, Sec 2: “The State shall protect the nation’s marine wealth in its archipelagic waters, territorial sea, and exclusive economic zone, and reserve its use and enjoyment exclusively to Filipino citizens.” A 50-50 joint venture is not allowed. It must be at least 60% Filipino. But knowing the practice, they will surely find a way to make the joint venture appear majority Filipino. So why allow it at the outset when there is a big possibility of cheating?

  1. The most likely joint venture partner is the China National Offshore Oil Corporation or CNOOC, a giant state-owned entity which will technologically, politically, physically and financially dominate the Philippine partner. It will for sure bring in the infamous giant billion dollar oil rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 shown in photos here and will come escorted by big China Coast Guard ships for its “protection” and to bully the neighborhood. For sure, PLA Navy warships will also be in the vicinity especially with Mischief Reef ready to host warships and combat planes.
  2. The state-owned CNOOC is indistinguishable from the the Chinese government. As earlier mentioned, it will operate backed up by Chinese coast guard and navy muscle, ready for action in case of a dispute. Should the oil rig be found violating the agreement and our laws, how can the Philippines enforce its rules and laws? In the Malampaya case, the Philippines is dealing with a private entity that did not come escorted by the British Navy, and subject to standard dispute settlement practices.
  3. The Chinese business practice is different from the Philippine business practice. How would disputes be settled? Disputes frequently happen in joint ventures, that’s why there is an arbitration clause. Would it be Arbitration by law or by muscle?
  4. A joint venture would give the Chinese Coast Guard the excuse to permanently base their ships in Recto Bank so close to Palawan’s coastline. And they would be frequenting Philippine ports for R & R. That will be a national security nightmare more costly than the oil revenue we can generate from the joint venture.
  5. CNOOC has a bad human rights record in Myanmar when it even became the target of demonstrations there. It also got implicated in illegal drugs trafficking.
  6. And finally it would be an unequal joint venture. Aside from dealing with CNOOC’s armed security group, how can the Philippines monitor the production of the oil rig which expectedly will ship part of the production to China. In the case of Malampaya, all the gas production is being transported by pipeline to Batangas and cannot be diverted thus fully accounted for. If the Chinese diverts the production to China, how does the Philippines monitor and control.
  7. Finally, should the joint venture terminate or gets pre-terminated due to violations, how do we tell CNOOC to leave? Gegerahin natin?”

In a separate Facebook post, Golez urged Duterte not to approve the joint oil drilling venture with China.

“Dito sa Recto Bank tabi ng Palawan gustong dalhin ng mga pu.. inang Tsino ang oil rig nila para sipsipin ang oil natin. Mr. President, Mr. Foreign Secretary, huwag po tayong pumayag! Pardon my language,” Golez wrote.

Golez also laid out a potential scenario in a PH-China joint oil exploration and drilling in Recto Bank. He said China will likely send their giant oil rig that was used to bully Vietnam, send China Coast Guard ships to escort the rig, put the Philippines at a disadvantageous position in various aspects, and put the Philippines at a risk of not being able to monitor the exploration and drilling.

“I submit for the review of the DFA, the NSC and Malacanang what I believe is the most likely scenario in a Philippines-China joint oil exploration & drilling operation in Recto Bank, Palawan area, a sure case of unequal joint development arrangement, putting the Philippine side at terrible disadvantage. NOTE HOW CLOSE RECTO BANK IS TO THE SHORELINE OF PALAWAN, BUT BELIEVE IT OR NOT, CHINA CLAIMS RECTO BANK IS THEIRS!

  1. China will send either their giant oil rig Haiyang Shiyou 981 (red oil rig in photo) which China used to bully Vietnam in 2014 or even their newest giant oil rig Bluewhale 1 (the yellow rig shown in photo) or both. The Philippines cannot match this.
  2. The rig or rigs will for sure be escorted by China Coast Guard ships, an SOP for them, and beyond the horizon ready for action will be deployed their PLAN destroyers. Thus, China’s security force will get very close to Palawan. In case of dispute, China has dominant coast guard and naval muscle in area.
  3. The Chinese oil rig force will be so dominant, thus setting up an unequal technological, financial, military, security and economic arrangement.
  4. The Philippine side will have no way of effectively monitoring what the oil rig is doing, the progress of the exploration, the exploration results and worst, the Philippines will not be able to monitor the oil production for sharing purposes.”

Sources: ( facebook.com , inquirer.net , facebook.com )

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Netizens slam Duterte for saying women ‘could not stand threats and intimidation’

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President Rodrigo Duterte drew flak for another controversial comment involving women after he remarked on May 24 that women “could not stand threats and intimidation.”

Duterte said that while he believed in women’s competence, it does not necessarily ring true in all aspects of life.

“I believe in the woman, the competence and capability, pero hindi lahat sa buhay dapat.Hindi ka, hindi, hindi. Dapat lang. It’s not appropriate when you cannot stand threats and intimidation,” he said in his May 24 speech.

He also said that women should be “prim and proper” and talked about his reservation in sending women police and soldiers to the field because unlike men, they did not grow up with a mindset that involves violence.

“Ang mga babae, sundalo pati pulis, ayaw ko ‘yan sa bukid. Unlike men kami, maliit pa lang, suntukan, bakbakan, barilan. And we grew up with a sort of a mindset na sometimes prone to violence. Itong mga babae, prim and proper man ‘yan, isang tingin lang sa nanay niyan, wala na tunaw na ‘yan. Tapos gawin mong pulis, ipaaway mo doon. Naku,” Duterte remarked.

Netizens then took to social media to react to Duterte’s most recent statements, making #BabaeAko trend again on Twitter.

“Mr. President, you just horrifyingly disrespected your own mother who bravely fought against the Marcos dictatorship. She withstood threats and intimidation. Siya ay babae! #BabaeAko,” a Twitter user remarked.

Forensic expert Dr. Raquel Fortun spoke out, too, saying “I am threatened and intimidated a lot. All my life. Don’t me. #BabaeAko.”

So did film and theater actress Chai Fonacier, who said, “Encouraging women — and I mean including those who identify as women — and our friends from the entire spectrum to share your #BabaeAko statements to fight the misogyny that the President and his ilk normalize through their behavior. Make them remember the feminine strength.”

KABATAAN Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago also reacted, saying she refused to be stereotyped.

Former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay urged other Filipinos to protest against Duterte’s misogynistic statements.

Other Twitter users weighed in on the issue.

Duterte’s previous misogynistic remarks

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His remarks in his speech on May 24 seemed to have sought to explain another controversial remark he made on May 16 when he said that he did not want a politician, especially a woman, to become the next Ombudsman.

“Mag-nominate sila, pero I choose, but gusto ko ‘yung bilib ang tao sa integrity niya. Of course it could not be a politician, lalo na hindi babae,” he said during a chance interview.

This gave birth to the launching of the #BabaeAko movement on social media on May 21 by women activists and other people who also want to protest Duterte’s misogynistic and sexist statements.

One of  the women who joined the #BabaeAko campaign was former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo who said, “Akala ko taumbayan ang boss ni Duterte. Yun pala sina Marcos, Gloria, Trump at China. Para sa bayang makatarungan at malaya, lalaban ako.”

In February, he was also slammed for telling his audience of former NPA rebels that he told his soldiers to shoot female rebels in the vagina.

Sources: ( rappler.comphilstar.com )

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New DOT chief to ask Montano why he rushed official New York engagement to watch Broadway show

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Newly installed Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said she plans on talking with Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) COO Cesar Montano to ask for his side on certain accusations that were hurled against him.

Among these accusations came from an Abante report where Montano was said to have rushed a speaking engagement staged by the DOT in New York to watch the Broadway musical show “Hamilton.”

DOT reportedly launched the Philippine Tourism Presentation and Dinner Reception on May 9 to showcase Philippine tourism and fashion at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. Montano was introduced as the event’s keynote speaker, but he was said to have only spoken for a bit before hurriedly leaving the venue, disappointing the guests, which also included US officials.

Montano was said to have been invited to the event in behalf of the now-resigned Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo. He was also named as one of the two hosts, the other being Teo, of the said event.

In reaction to this report about Montano, Puyat said she would talk to Montano as well as the Tourism attache and other DOT officials who attended the event to verify the accusation in the report mentioned above.

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Puyat said that she would investigate into the “Buhay Carinderia” program that the TPB is set to implement. This was after Philippine Star Boo Chanco accused Montano of issuing P80-million worth of three checks to the event proponent and organizer.

“I still don’t have the papers. I will be asking [and] will be arranging a meeting with Mr. Cesar Montano to ask about ‘yung mga nabasa ko sa ‘Buhay Carinderia’ – kung totoo ba na walang bidding ‘yung P80 million na advance,” Puyat said on May 15.

“I’m planning to talk to him and ask his side. I want to ask all those who were there if it actually happened,” Puyat added.

In March 2017, TPB employees filed a complaint against Montano for his alleged corruption and mismanagement of the agency. These include hiring friends and relatives, using TPB’s funds for personal trips, and showing incompetence in fulfilling his obligations as the agency’s COO.

Sources: ( tnt.abante.com.phphilstar.comrappler.com )

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Eldest Tulfo vows to help Wanda clear her name, berates ‘black sheep’ Ben over controversial P60-M DOT ad deal

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Inquirer columnist Ramon Tulfo spoke up about the controversy involving his siblings, now resigned Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo and hosts Ben and Erwin Tulfo, over the P60 million tourism ad deal.

The eldest Tulfo wrote in his Inquirer column on May 10 that while President Rodrigo Duterte himself advised the Tulfo family to avoid talking to the media, he took it upon himself as the family’s acting patriarch to tell the story behind the controversy.

First up, Ramon blamed Teo for not hiring smart staff members who could have advised her against inking a deal with PTV 4, where one of the Tulfo brothers, Ben, was a blocktimer.

As a blocktimer, Ben pays for his TV show’s airtime on the state-run channel.

According to Ramon, Wanda was only complying with President Duterte’s injunction for his Cabinet secretaries to support PTV 4, adding that she did not know Ben’s company would get most of the multimillion advertising contract with DOT.

He also hit Ben, whom he called a “black sheep” with a “middle child” syndrome as the fifth child out of 10 siblings, for signing the P60-million advertising contract with PTV 4 despite knowing that there would be a conflict of interest on Wanda’s part.

Ramon also said that Wanda still tried to save Ben, who insisted on his innocence amid the controversy, leading her to resign from her post. He also explained that Wanda seemed to have forgotten the fact that her husband was on the board of director of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza), a part of DOT, when Duterte appointed her as tourism chief. He added that it should have been up to her husband to step down from his post upon his wife’s appointment.

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In the same column, he also slammed Wanda’s lawyer, Ferdinand Topacio, whom he said did not even consult the Tulfo brothers on returning the P60-million funds from the ad deal. He also described the lawyer as “all talk,” a counsel who’s only focused on gaining publicity for himself.

Unlike what has been previously reported about Wanda resigning out of delicadeza amid the controversy, Ramon let it slip that he commended President Duterte for “sacking Wanda,” prompting some people to ask whether Wanda was fired instead of resigned.

Before he ended his column, he vowed to support “Wanda’s fight to clear her name, but not Ben’s.”
Wanda resigned on May 8 to show delicadeza and to spare everyone, especially Duterte, from the pain caused by the controversy, according to her lawyer.

The issue started with the Commission on Audit’s report showing the DOT paying P60 million worth of commercials to PTV 4, which in turn, tapped Ben’s Bitag Media Unlimited Inc. to air the tourism ads during Ben and Erwin’s show “Kilos Pronto.”

Malacañang said that Teo’s resignation does not mean that she is off the hook since the Ombudsman is still looking into her and other government officials involved in the controversial ad deal.

Sources: ( inquirer.netnews.abs-cbn.com , nnphilippines.com )

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