Philippines Wins Over China In Battle For The West PH Sea According To International Court
After the long running feud between the Philippines and China over the West Philippine Sea, the international arbitration court has finally released their verdict and favored the legal case filed by the Philippines against China’s claim to this island rich in different resources. It discredited China’s claim to island, and affirms that the island is rightfully owned by the Philippines according to the law.
The PCA or the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s landmark ruling was the first grounds that went against China’s claimed. This also caused an international alarm in which it can be recalled, the reason why United States had sent warships in the areas claimed by China.
It can also be recalled that the China has insisted on bilateral negotiations instead of participating in the arbitration.
Since early 2014, even during when the proceedings has just started, China has been into show off tactics against the Philippines and has built artificial islands and massive structures in which the experts identified to be for military use.
In 2012, it has also allegedly harassed the Scarborough Shoal which left the Filipino fishermen residing in the area, jobless.
But as we celebrate the victory, Lauro Baja, former ambassador to the United Nations, says that the decision will notpush China to leave its Exclusive Economic Zone. Quoting from his statement, he says “The ruling will not solve the situation in the West Philippine Sea by itself,”
While the President expects a “soft landing” from China, Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay acknowledges that the tribunal had no power to impose on China and says he would need to seek negotiations.
Quoting from his interview with DZMM last Saturday, he said:
“Pag-aralan natin desisyon…After that, we will act on the basis of what we feel will promote the best national interest. We should not compromise on anything that will erode our sovereignty, our territorial rights or our rights under UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea),” he said.