‘Philippines has right in WPS but no might yet’

‘Philippines has right in WPS but no might yet’

The Philippines as a claimant in the West Philippine Sea stand precariously amidst all the other claimants.
In a historic ruling last July 12, 2016, the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) found no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to a “nine-dash line” in the South China Sea and Beijing had breached the sovereign rights of the Philippines, which brought the case.

The PCA also ruled that many purported islands controlled by China are not in fact islands, but instead reefs or rocks, which do not generate territorial rights.

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China refused to honor the ruling and raised a serious accusation against the judges of the tribunal, saying they took bribes from the Philippines in exchange for invalidating Beijing’s expansive and excessive claims in the South China Sea.

Despite China’s continued militarization of the South China Sea that continues to cause regional tensions, the Asian giant has declared that it is “always a builder of world peace, contributor to global development and defender of international order.”

DFA Sec. Locsin the Philippines has the “right” but “no might yet”

Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. stands on the reason that the country has the “right” but “not might yet” on the issue territorial claim in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).
“Defense Secretary (Delfin) Lorenzana says Sandy Cay is ours. The erudite paper I read didn’t quite say that categorically. But I like the categorical tone. IT IS OURS,” Locsin said in a tweet on Saturday.
“While Lorenzana is right and I am so happy that is his position, when we come to argue our case to these features we must be as tight, precise and economical in our claims – Occam’s Razor; because all we have is right. We have no might yet. But soon we will. It is on its way,” he tweeted.

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