Elect leaders who will stand up to China : Carpio on 2022 elections

Elect leaders who will stand up to China : Carpio on 2022 elections

Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio is hitting the headlines again and is saying that Filipino voters in 2022 must elect political leaders who will “assert and preserve” the country’s rights in the West Philippine Sea.
“We have to make this an election issue in 2022,” the retired justice said at an online forum.

The future leaders of the country should be able to assert the arbitral ruling which declared the nine dash line theory of China which claims the entire South China Sea, Carpio said.
Retired Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio
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Current Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been openly criticized for setting aside the arbitral ruling against China’s nine dash line claiming different territories in the entire South China Sea.
China from the very start has refused to recognize such ruling, and as a matter of fact continues to do expansive activities while the rest of the countries in this part of the world is very busy with the global pandemic brought about by the novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19.
Carpio said the current administration simply “does not want to displease China.”

“Malaysia government and Vietnamese government are now willing to sign an agreement with the Philippine government that in the Spratlys, there are no geologic features that generate an EEZ, all territorial seas,” he said.

“That would be in consonance with the ruling if we sign that agreement. We will fortify the ruling by signing that. But our own government does not want to sign that because that will displease China,” Carpio said.

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