Carpio slams Duterte's stand in WPS: There are peaceful ways to assert rights in West PH Sea

Carpio slams Duterte's stand in WPS: There are peaceful ways to assert rights in West PH Sea




Retired Supreme Court (SC) Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has no kind words for the President of the Republic when he uttered the words “Inutil ako” as regards the issue in the West Philippine Sea as against China.
“A country does not need to go to war to assert its sovereign rights,” he said in a statement.


“There are lawful and peaceful means of asserting sovereign rights,” he added.
Retired Supreme Court (SC) Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio
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Carpio reaction was provoked by the pronouncement of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte that he is not prepared to go to war to China in asserting the Philippines’ rights in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).
The retired magistrate reminded the President “Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia are asserting their sovereign rights to their maritime zones against China’s claims.”
“These countries do not go to war against China, and neither does China go to war against these countries,” he said.


Carpio also cited that “the UN Charter outlaws resort to war to settle territorial or maritime disputes.”
“Moreover, the Philippine Constitution renounces war as an instrument of national policy, which means the Philippines cannot go to war to enforce the arbitral ruling,” he added.
Carpio stressed “China does not possess Philippine exclusive economic zone (EEZ) which is beyond the 12-nautical mile territorial seas of disputed islands or high-tide geologic features.”
“Naval powers like the US, UK, France, Australia, Japan, and Canada regularly sail in our EEZ in the West Philippine Sea, proving that China is not in possession of our EEZ in the West Philippine Sea,” he said.


“The President should not say that China is in possession of our EEZ in the West Philippine Sea because factually China is not in possession,” the retired SC Justice corrected the President.


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