Solon suggests how Aquino can get back at China’s bullying in sea dispute

April 21 2015 4:26 PM

President Benigno Aquino III should respond to China’s bullying by cancelling the mining and power generation contracts that were awarded to Chinese corporations, a lawmaker at the House of Representatives challenged.

Representative Fernando Hicap of the Anakpawis partylist group said on Tuesday, April 21, this was to show that the President was really serious about asserting the sovereignty of the country against China.

Hicap said that since the time of the Arroyo administration until 2012 up to 26 mining corporations have been allowed to mine gold, copper, iron, ore, nickel, manganese, lead, zinc and other minerals in the Philippines.

Their operations are spread to 16 provinces in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao but the biggest Chinese mining operation is in Zambales.

As a matter of fact, Hicap said that the Philippines was the number one source of nickel ore for China, with Indonesia next.

Hicap warned that the Philippines was being fried in its own oil as the mineral mined by China in the country was being used to make war materials that could be trained against it.

As far as the power industry is concerned, 40 percent of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines is owned by the state grid of China.