The areas being considered for exploration are in the West Philippine Sea
, waters within the country's 370-kilometer exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the South China Sea.
If the other party does not recognize the sovereignty of the Philippines over the West Philippine Sea
whether it is Chinese government or Chinese oil companies or energy companies, then it is against our Constitution," he said.
One of Duterte's campaign promises in 2016 was to ride on a jet ski to an island in the West Philippine Sea
and plant a Philippine flag.
The USS Philippine Sea
was commissioned in March 1989.
The lawmaker added that a joint exploration with other claimants in the West Philippine Sea
is the 'low- hanging fruit' option, and the other is to explore for oil in other promising areas, like the Philippine Rise in the eastern seaboard.
If another country succeeds - through might, not right - in making the West Philippine Sea
their exclusive fishpond, it will not only lead to the disappearance of a large chunk of space from our territory, but also fish from our table," Recto said.
Citing reports from the Philippine Department of National Defense and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario said Manila has ''protested the recent sightings of two Chinese vessels and a People's Liberation Army Navy, or PLAN, ship at the vicinity of Escoda Shoal in the West Philippine Sea
on December 11 and 12 respectively.
5-million-square-kilometer South China Sea, including swaths of the West Philippine Sea
and waters close to the shores of other claimants to territory in the strategic waterway-Brunei, Malaysia, Vietnam and Taiwan.
99Zarate said Duterte's co-ownership statement 'is reversing our country's historic victory at the international tribunal and he is now giving the West Philippine Sea
to China on a silver platter.
China's militarization has been ongoing despite the ruling of UN-backed tribunal favoring the Philippines' claim to exclusive sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea
Villanueva made the appeal in the wake of reports revealing the ongoing militarization and building of artificial islands by China in the disputed islands in the Spratly archipelago, despite the 2016 ruling of United Nations-backed tribunal affirming the Philippines' claim to exclusive sovereign rights over the West Philippine Sea
Pamalakaya said China has established defense facilities in the West Philippine Sea