The critics of President Duterte are having a field day on social media, attacking the President for negotiating 60%-40% deal with China anfd in PH favor in the oil extraction in Spratlys.
The President simply wanted to make sure the country will not experience brownouts or power outages years before our major source of energy Malampaya runs out, which happened to be with the other superpower (US) that actually gave us crumbs around 10%.
FYI, both deals have no claims to ownership.
Austin Ong, whom his FB followers called “Prof” asked in exasperation who do we hold accountable when the country starts experiencing brownouts because critics derailed the Duterte admin’s oil and gas exploration deals with China?
Ong hoped the country had a law that requires critics to have a concrete, feasible, better alternative proposal before criticizing, bashing?
Ong’s FB musings attracted the critics of President Duterte.
Of course, they did not drop by to praise Ong’s FB post but to embarrass Ong by correcting his statement that the other superpower (US) which was awarded the contract to extract gas and oil from Malampaya only gave 10% to the Philippines.
The most prominent critic of Ong’s FB post was none other than UP professor Jay Batongbacal, a lawyer and maritime law expert.
Here’s the comment of UP Prof. Jay Batongbacal on Ong’s FB post:
Jay Batongbacal asked Ong: And are you referring to that Malampaya contract which is subject to the 60/40 split at no cost to the PH, which is what they are asking China to follow?
To which netizen Pateño Al Anthony asked Batongbacal for clarification:
Jay Batongbacal Ilan ulit ang royalty ng malampaya?
Batongbacal replied: Pateño Al Anthony 60%, the same that they are trying to get China to give. See further info here:
Netizen Geller Merka joined the discussion and asked Batongbacal: where in the article states 60%?
Batongbacal replied with a link from a newspaper article that he thought would better explain to the commenter asking where did he get his 60%.
And then, netizen Giovanni-Imee Agcaoili Tolentino joined the discussion to correct Batongbacal about his assertion that the PH got 60-40% deal with Shell (Dutch) and Chevron (US company).
Jay Batongbacal, ung 60-40 in favor of Ph kng joint exploration and venture, and shares, maganda na un. ung sa malampaya, base sa links na binigay mo, 60-40 nga pero 60% of the 30% of the total proceeds lng pla un… which is 18% lng tlaga…
Netizen Kevin Yague backed up Giovanni-Imee Agcaoili Tolentino‘s assertion by dropping the screenshot of the businessmirror article as proof that Batongbacal was wrong.
Netizen Ralph Cruz Ramirez took a swipe at Batongbacal for issuing erroneous and misleading statements.
Either kulang ka sa research, kulang sa reading comprehension sa links na binigay mo or nagbubulagbulagan ka dahil dilaw ang paningin mo! Kahit anupaman, sarili mo lang niloloko mo!
Netizen Noyski Navarrete could only ask fellow commenters if Batongbacal is indeed a lawyer.
Lawyer ba talaga si Jay Batongbacal? Maritime law expert ba talaga? Is there truth to the saying that personal interests numbs the mind? Ang alam ko lang kasi ang Yellow virus kills brain cells.
After the embarrassing exchange, UP Prof Jay Batongbacal disappeared in the thread, never to return to the thread to reply and make a face-saving stance.
You may read Austin Ong’s original FB post below.
Overheard over lunch with Professors…
Imagine if we had a law that required critics to have a concrete, feasible, better alternative proposal before criticizing, bashing?
The critics attack President Duterte who negotiates for 60%~40% sharing in favor of the Philippines with the one of the two superpowers years before our major source of energy Malampaya runs out, which incidentally happened to be with the other superpower that actually gave us only 10%… yet where are the headlines and critics?
Both deals had no claims to ownership.
When our country starts rolling brown-outs, who do we hold accountable?
Source: Austin Ong