Palace, critics clash on co-ownership issue

Any agreement between Manila and Beijing on a joint exploration for energy in the West Philippine Sea would not mean Philippine recognition of China's claim to nearly all of the South China Sea, Malacaang said on Thursday after critics warned that such a deal, which President Duterte described as "like co-ownership," was unconstitutional.   Prevailing jurisprudence allows the Philippines to undertake joint exploration with foreign entities, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said.   China offer   Roque explained that Mr. Duterte's statement in Marawi City on Wednesday that an arrangement to turn Beijing's and Manila's rival claims to the West Philippin...Keep on reading: Palace, critics clash on co-ownership issue

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