By Genalyn Kabiling
China is interested in finding oil resources to advance its industrial development, President Duterte recently said amid the Asian superpower’s controversial presence in the South China Sea.
The President made this observation as he talked about the practice of rich countries to exhaust oil resources elsewhere in the world to boost their industrialization.
“It’s really the resources, eventually it’s geopolitics. China with all of its whatever, posturing there, is also interested in oil. So lahat ‘yan because it fuels industrialization,” Duterte said during the celebration of Eid’l Fitr, the end of the Muslim feast of Ramadan, in Davao City yesterday.
The Philippines and China are locked in a dispute over ownership of some islands in the South China Sea. The President, however, has refused to wage war with China over the territorial dispute and instead agreed to a joint oil exploration in the potential oil- and gas-rich region.
In his remarks in Davao on Saturday, Duterte noted that western nations sought to conquer oil-rich countries like in the Middle East mainly in quest of oil and gas resources. Oil was important to further propel the economic growth of these industrialized nations, he added.
“The secret is the oil. ‘Yung ang problema. And they used the resources of that country and the fat of the land to reach or arrive now on their present level of industrialization,” he said.
“Anywhere you look in this world, even the mic in front of me and the glass of water, and the paper that I will be reading or I may not. Lahat ‘yan, it’s oil. It’s oil there outside. You’d see many vehicles produced by the — even the primitive lathe machines and that is a product of an equipment or machine using oil,” he said.
Duterte, however, said the problem now was massive industrialization of the world’s richest nations has caused climate change.
He said the Philippines and other developing nations could no longer catch up with these industrialized states especially after countries are being compelled to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to prevent further global warming.
“Ang problema dito is the western countries, the democracies they have reached this height of industrialization. Now we are trying to catch up. But the Philippines and the rest could not because mataas na sila,” he said.
“And so it created a monster in the lives of the people on earth, and that is the destruction of the environment and puts into jeopardy the next generation. Maghirap ‘yan sila (They will become poorer),” he said.
He said he hopes the latest environmental challenge would be addressed for the sake of the future generation.
“I don’t know how they would endure it but they will suffer if we do not correct it now. I’m praying to God that somehow this generation of ours can do something about it,” he added.