Carpio rejects Duterte's reasoning re the West Philippine Sea

Carpio rejects Duterte's reasoning re the West Philippine Sea




Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio slams President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s pronouncement regarding the West Philippine Sea situation were we are also claimant.

Carpio reiterates that China is not in possession of the West Philippine Sea.
Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio (photo credit to owner)

In a statement, Carpio said China is only in possession of seven features in the Spratlys, Scarborough Shoal, and Sandy Cay.
"The total area of these geologic features, including their territorial seas (if any), is less than 7 percent of the WPS," he explained.
"Foreign naval powers (US, UK, France, Australia, Japan, and Canada) continuously sail and conduct naval drills in the South China Sea, including the WPS, demonstrating that China is not in possession of the WPS," the SC Justice added.
Justice Carpio also said the fishing boats used by the Chinese do not qualify for traditional fishing, which he explained only applies "in the territorial sea and archipelagic waters."

"There is no traditional fishing in the EEZ. This very clear in the arbitral award of 12 July 2016. Reed Bank is part of Philippine EEZ. There can be no traditional fishing in Reed Bank," he explained.
"Traditional fishing is artisanal fishing using small, simple fishing boats like the wooden boats, with outriggers, of Filipino fishermen. The Chinese steel-hulled trawlers cannot qualify for traditional fishing," Carpio added.
President Duterte, said during his State of the Nation Address (SONA) that his administration would stand up for the Philippines’ rights in the West Philippine Sea in “due time,” as his dealings with Beijing came under close scrutiny in light of rising maritime tensions.






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