Manila expects to win arbitral case

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The Philippines expects a United Nations tribunal to rule in its favor in an increasingly fraught dispute with China over territories in the South China Sea, including a major part of the West Philippine Sea a presidential spokeswoman said Saturday.

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Manila will argue its position against Beijing’s claim over most of the resource-rich sea at The Hague on July 7 to 13.

China has refused to participate in the arbitration proceedings.

“We cannot dictate on another country’s position. We can only speak about ours. But they have already spoken that they choose—I think this has been said months and months ago—that they will not participate in the proceedings,” Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.

The upcoming hearings will decide whether the tribunal has jurisdiction over the case.

“We prepared a strong case. We believe we stand on strong legal ground,” deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte told government radio.

“While some people say that it’s merely a jurisdictional issue, if the tribunal sees that it has no jurisdiction, then we cannot proceed. We cannot even present the merits of our case. But we are confident of the Philippine position on this matter.”

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario will lead a government delegation to The Hague, assisted by US-based lawyers, foreign affairs spokesman Charles Jose said.

If the Netherlands-based court decides it has jurisdiction, Jose said the Philippines would be asked to argue the merits of its case in another round of hearings.

“We have prepared well enough for these oral arguments,” Jose told reporters.

The Philippines is among the most vocal critics of China’s 9-dash line claim to the South China Sea, which also overlap with those of Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei.

Beijing has reinforced its claim by building artificial islands on disputed reefs.

Dwarfed by China in terms of economic and military might, the Philippines has turned to arbitration as it strengthened military alliances with the United States and Japan.

The Philippine Navy held separate naval drills with their American and Japanese counterparts last month.

The flashpoint sea hosts major sea lanes over vast mineral reserves.

WITH AFP

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4 Comments

  1. karamba raguna!
    it appears that we are only begging this un tribunal to hear our case. if they say that this tribunal has no jurisdiction over this case, ayun tepok na kaso natin..gayun ba yon.

  2. I dont think so, na maipapanalo ng ating mga lawyer ang kasong ito… Sa totoo lang, wala yatang matinik na abogado ang malakanyang palace .. we need a strong and beautiful mind of our lawyer. They should know about international proceedings and laws. Si Madam meriam lang yata ang qualified sa mga bagay na ito… I agree with Mr. Kabayan and its true…Magkaroon sana ng himala sa ICC…Never na aalis ang mga BEHO sa ating isla na kanila ng nakuha at may mga infrastructure ng nakatayo, mostly military base..Dapat managot ang Presidenteng si Pnoy sa pagkawala ng ating isla sa Tsina..Wala rin kasing alam sa mga foreign policy itong presidente na ito. BOBO

  3. The government didnt have the balls to make their presence felt and now the disputed island has been taken over and militarized showing no respect to the cowardly philippine government. while vietnam, a country no better than the phils, resisted chinese boats patrolling their waters and as a result chinese gauged them with respect and caution. Blame Filipino incompetence, corruptibility and indecisiveness.If you think a piece of paper can make china leave, filipinos are more stupid than i thought. Pathetic

  4. Relax lang po, pati na yung the press announcement. While I would like to see us t win. But Don’t count the chicken yet.

    It is always good to depend on God who has the final decision. Sa mga delegation lalo yung mg lawyer na Pinoy, hindi pa po tayo kilala sa larangan ng pagiging lawyer globally, let’s stop talking and press releases.Focus on the job and celebrate later.

    Sa napanood ko pong broadcast nuong case ni former Chief justice, except for Miriam Santiago and the legal team of former CJ-, Walang pong binatbat yung mag lawyers natin, ganun din po yung mga lawyer na congressman.

    Sori, po pero karamihan po ay medyo bobo, mga lawyer pa naman. Pasensya na po sa totoo lang.