MANILA-- The Philippines is open to a joint exploration in the disputed West Philippine Sea not only with China but also with other countries.
We are open to broader options for partnerships, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement Thursday.
We are not limiting ourselves to exclusive economic relationships, Abella added.
He reiterated President Rodrigo Duterte's position, saying he was open to joint exploration of resources in the disputed sea.
The President is open to possible cooperation with foreign entities in exploring and extracting mineral and gas resources in the West Philippine Sea, he said.
Abella, however, said that any exploration must not violate the Constitution.
Any venture, however, must be compliant with the Philippine Constitution and local laws, and have terms which protect the national interest and are beneficial to the Filipino people, he said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK