The Philippines has until July 23 to submit its written answers to the clarificatory questions raised during the oral arguments at the arbitral tribunal in The Hague.
Charles Jose, Foreign Affairs spokesman, said the arbitral tribunal gave the Philippines until July 23 to submit its answers to the questions raised on July 13, the end of the oral arguments on the arbitration case Manila filed against Beijing.
The Philippine delegation, composed of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr., Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Solicitor General Florin Hilbay and US-based lawyer Paul Reichler, presented the country’s case.
The tribunal deliberated on whether or not it has jurisdiction on the case, but presented a set of questions on July 13, the last day of the oral argument.
Jose said the questions are mere “clarificatory” in nature, and the tribunal was merely asking the delegation to elaborate on some points.
The Philippines filed the case to invalidate China’s claim on almost the entire West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) base on its nine-dash line.
Beijing refused to participate in the case.
If the tribunal rules that it has jurisdiction over the case, the Philippines will present the merits of its case early next year.