Former Senate president Juan Ponce Enrile said he supports the recent oil deal between the Philippines and China.
The Cagayan politiko made the statement during CNN Philippines Senatorial Forum last December 2.
Enrile said the government should make sure the details of the oil deal will benefit the Filipino people.
“What’s the difference between allowing Shell to enter into a contract for the exploration of oil and natural gas in the West Philippine Sea against China doing it for us? It all depends upon the terms and conditions of the agreement that we can work out with China. Second, China is a reality for us. We cannot ignore it,” he said.
“Our geography tells us that we cannot transfer our lands somewhere else so that we can ignore the incursions from China in our region. So we only have two options on this matter: either we use diplomacy, talk to China, or we use force,” he added.