(BOSTON, Massachusetts) The Philippines still hopes China will change its
mind and participate in the arbitration case filed at the international
arbitral tribunal, Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia said.
The Philippines has submitted its memorial to the tribunal this year, and
according to Cuisia, the deadline for China's submission for a similar
memorial will be on December 15 this year.
China however continues to refuse joining the arbitration case.
According to Cuisia, many people say that if China has strong grounds for
its own claim, it must participate in the case filed by the Philippines.
"So we’re still hopeful that the Chinese authorities will change their mind.
Because then it gives us an opportunity to have a very good, well, I guess
presentation to the Tribunal of our own position and they will also present
their position," he said.
President Aquino, who is arriving here in Boston today, is also expected to
talk about the West Philippine Sea issue when he delivers messages at the
John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and at Columbia
University in New York, Cuisia said.
"The reason the President is very confident to speak about it, not only
because he knows the issue very well, but we have very strong grounds for
advancing our position," he noted.(full