Legal battle looms over sea exploration
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Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Cayetano on Thursday said the Duterte administration’s plan for a joint exploration and development deal with China over South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) resources would face tough legal challenges over a constitutional restriction, among others. Under the deal, the Philippines will get 60 percent of the benefits against China’s 40-percent share. The 1987 Constitution, however, provides that the exploration, development and utilization of natural resources should be under the full control and supervision of the Philippine government.
Panti, L. (2018, August 31). Legal battle looms over sea exploration. The Manila Times, pp. A1, A2.
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Joint ventures; Exploration; Natural resources; Governments; International agreements; Territorial waters; Exclusive economic zone; United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea; Law of the sea; International law; Legal aspects; Economics; United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA); Cayetano, Alan Peter; Lorenzana, Delfin; China; South China Sea; West Philippine Sea; Philippines; Spratly Islands; Panganiban Reef; Mischief Reef; Ayungin Shoal; Second Thomas Shoal; Recto Bank; Reed Bank
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