Documentary on WPS airs Monday

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The second instalment of the three-episode documentary entitled “Kalayaan” that tackles the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) issue will begin airing today.

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Produced by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCCO), the second episode entitled “Pamanang Karagatan” will discuss the historical right from which the Philippines and China are basing their claims on the resource-rich region.

The first episode, entitled “Karapatan sa Karagatan,” tackled the economic aspect of the maritime dispute that was fueled by a two-month naval standoff in 2012.

The second episode will feature Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, who once held an exhibit of ancient Philippine maps showing the legitimate historical rights of the Philippines over the contested waters, as one of the resource persons.

Carpio has urged Manila to request for a “provisional measure” from the United Nations, and to ask the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) to stop China’s massive reclamation in the West Philippine Sea.

The PCA is under the five-man arbitral tribunal that will decide on the Philippines’ case against China.

The second episode of the documentary will be launched online on June 22 at 4 p.m. in the official Facebook accounts of President Benigno Aquino 3rd (www.facebook.com/presidentnoy) and the Department of Foreign Affairs (www.facebook.com/dfaphl), as well as in the Facebook pages of Lourd de Veyra, Rodolfo Sabayton Jr. and RA Rivera Jr.

De Veyra and Sabayton co-hosted the documentary while Rivera directed it.

After the social media launch, the episode will be aired on People’s Television Network (PTV-4) at 5:30 p.m.

Replays will be aired on PTV-4 every 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on June 23 to 26.

The third episode will be released in early July, the DFA said.

The documentary is part of the nationwide information, education and communication campaign of the DFA to increase the level of public awareness and understanding of the issues relating to the WPS.

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