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Why Filipinos should Defend West Philippine Sea?
We need every single Filipino to defend this Philippine Territory.
What is China Robbing or Stealing from the Filipinos and Philippines that we do nothing, for our Future Generations Natural ,Resources, lands, seas, and Territory.
Blaming the past won't do, but doing a solid action in the present will protect unborn Filipinos to wake up to a country that is not lost at sea disputes.
Hold on, God provided these Natural Riches for Filipinos ,the land is given by God to us and the. fish to our countrymen, and the territory to our homeland.
Cement Infra wont replace the centuries of Fish, Natural Gas, Oil, lands Seas, and Territory. The Infra will perish, but not the Gift from God for centuries, so we must defend it.
Though total estimates vary, the region is thought to contain oil reserves of at least 7.7 billion proven barrels, with more optimistic estimates reaching as high as 213 billion barrels. This is a huge sum, and if true, would be the equivalent of about 80 percent of the oil reserves of Saudi Arabia. The varied estimates demonstrate that no consensus has been formed on the numbers. Though Beijing has suggested the Spratly Islands may also contain oil reserves, no reliable estimates have been on these areas either. However, many believe there to be a significant hydrocarbon prize in the region.
Natural gas might be the most abundant and sought-after hydrocarbon resource in the South China Sea. Natural gas reserves are estimated to total around 266 trillion cubic feet and make up about 60-70 percent of the region’s hydrocarbon resources. Indeed, most of the hydrocarbon fields explored in the exclusive economic zones of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines contain natural gas, not oil.
As with oil, estimates of the region’s natural gas resources vary widely. One Chinese estimate for the entire SCS estimates natural gas reserves to be 2 quadrillion cubic feet, with the hope that Beijing can produce 15 billion cubic meters of LNG a year. Yet another Chinese report estimates 225 billion barrels of oil equivalent in the Spratly Islands alone. It is hypothetically possible therefore, that total gas resources (as opposed to proved reserves) in the South China Sea would be almost 900 trillion cubic feet (Tcf). This would be equivalent to the amount of natural gas in Qatar, which sits on the world’s third largest reserves.
Rare Earth Metals
As defined by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, rare earth metals are a set of seventeen chemical elements in the periodic table, specifically the fifteen lanthanides plus scandium and yttrium. The metals are important because they provide critical components in next generation technology; everything from hybrid cars to flat screen TVs to top-of-the-line smart phones have rare earth metal elements. Though the availability of REM’s in the South China Sea is still being determined, large deposits have recently been found just off Japan’s east coast, and China has previously used its virtual monopoly on the minerals to punish Japan in the Senkaku/Diaoyu island conflict.
According to studies made by the Filipino Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the South China Sea holds one third of the entire world’s marine biodiversity and provides about ten percent of the world’s catch. Major marine species include hairtail, chub mackerel, black scraper, anchovy, shrimps, crabs and smaller fishes. According to some estimates however, 40% of the stocks are collapsed or overexploited and 70% of the coral reefs are heavily depleted. Overfishing and destructive practices such as dynamite and cyanide fishing primarily contribute to this depletion.
In spite of the focus on hydrocarbon reserves, some scholars suggest that disputes over fishing rights have emerged as a larger driver of conflict. Indeed, depleting supplies have led to clashes in the past, and annual Chinese fishing bans under the auspices of environmental protection are seen as simply another way of claiming sovereignty. The South China Sea is filled with fishing vessels; China alone sent 23,000 fishing boats in August of this year after the annual ban was lifted.
Del Rosario, Morales insist: Filipinos don’t want to give up West PH Sea
Filipinos want the government to assert the country’s sovereignty even if people support President Rodrigo Duterte, former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales said on Thursday.
According to them, people can segregate their support for Duterte and the desire for actions against China’s militarization and intrusion of the West Philippine Sea.
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