Philippines begins presentation of arguments on case
The Philippines on Tuesday began its presentation of
arguments on the case against China over disputed islands in
the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) during the first
day of hearings at the Arbitral Tribunal at the Permanent
Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands.
bulletin issued by Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail
Valte on Wednesday, she said the proceedings before the
Arbitral Tribunal opened, with Solicitor General Florin
Hilbay taking the floor to present to the Tribunal the
sequence of arguments to be presented during the course of
the First Round of Arguments.
The Palace official
said “the thrust of the presentation of the Philippine side
today (Tuesday) focused on the lack of basis for China’s
historic claims over the Nine-Dash Line”.
Counsel Paul Reichler discussed the nature of China’s
historic rights claim and how these purported historic
rights, supposedly derived under the United Nations
Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), in fact do not
exist under the provisions of the convention," she said.
Valte said Reichler mentioned that China has asserted
exclusive rights over the areas covered by the Nine-Dash
Line and has deprived the Philippines of fishing and
Professor Bernard Oxman
tackled the lawfulness of China’s claim to the South China
Sea beyond its maritime entitlements under the UNCLOS and
how it encroaches on the rights of coastal states like the
Philippines, she added.
(Full story: 11.25.15)
(KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia) President Benigno S.
Aquino III listens to the discussions during the
10th East Asia Summit at the Kuala Lumpur
Convention Centre on Sunday (November 22) at the
sidelines of the 27th ASEAN Summit. The East
Asia Summit is a forum for dialogue on broad
strategic, political and economic issues of
common interest and concern in East Asia. Also
in photo are United States of America President
Barack Obama and Presidential Communications
Operation Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr.
(Photo by Lauro Montellano, Jr. / Malacañang