Lacson urges Pinoys to support the "Patriotic move" by Del Rosario & Morales vs. China

Lacson urges Pinoys to support the "Patriotic move" by Del Rosario & Morales vs. China

Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson is appealing to all Filipinos to support the “patriotic move” done by former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III officials -  former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales.

The former government officials has alleged in their complaint in the International Criminal Court (ICC)  - that the Chinese President Xi Jinping committed crimes against humanity in implementing Beijing's "systematic plan to control the South China Sea,"as against all Filipino fishermen.

Senator Lacson said if the case prospers , it will further boost the 2016 arbitral win of the Philippines.

Senator Lacson , inset are former Aquino officials Del Rosario and Morales (photo credit to owner)

"Unang una, patriotic move ang ginawa ng dalawa, dating Ombudsman Morales at dating Secretary del Rosario. At sundin natin bilang Pilipino na suportahan ang kanilang [complaint], kasi patriotic move yan,"he said during a radio interview with DWIZ.

(First of all, what former Ombudsman Morales and former Secretary Del Rosario did was a patriotic move. We should support their complaint because it was a patriotic move.)

"At kung sakaling magtagumpay sila, malaking boost yan sa arbitral ruling na panig sa atin kasi maski papano kasi ang arbitral ruling alam natin na unimplementable yan, di ma-enforce iyan."

(Should they win, it will be a big boost to the arbitral ruling, which we know is unimplementable, unenforceable.)

The Senator did not go so  much as to state that the said complaint will prosper, let the ICC decide whether it has jurisdiction over the case because he notes China is not a member of the said international body.
"Bahala ang ICC mag-decide noon. Kasi may provision diyan tungkol sa kung hindi miyembro o miyembro. Base sa nabasa ko, hindi absolute na kung 'di ka member, completely walang jurisdiction ang ICC," he said.
(Let the ICC decide. Because there's a provision regarding members or non-members. Based on what I read, it's not absolute that if you're not a member, the ICC doesn't have jurisdiction.
"May provisions doon, may qualifying circumstances kung saan meron silang pwede maging jurisdiction."

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