Pres. Duterte to ASEAN: Arbitral ruling in favor of PH can’t be ignored by any country

Pres. Duterte to ASEAN: Arbitral ruling in favor of PH can’t be ignored by any country


The country under the leadership of President of Rodrigo Roa Duterte has never in any manner relinquished any rights with respect to its claimed territories in the highly disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

The President reiterates that no country can ignore nor diminish the Philippines’ arbitral victory in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) as it sebunked China’s nine dash line theory.

The Chief Executive asserted the country’s arbitral win in his speech during the virtual plenary session of the 37th Asean Summit, emphasizing that the legal victory is now part of “international law”.

(photo credit to PNA)

“The Philippine position is clear and firm. We must solve the disputes peacefully and in accordance with international law, including UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea),” he said.

Duterte call the sea dispute as “Asean’s strategic challenge”,, he said dealing with this delicate problem would bare a country’s strengths and weaknesses.

“The 2016 arbitral award on the South China Sea is an authoritative interpretation of the application of UNCLOS. It is now part of international law. And its significance cannot be diminished nor ignored by any country, however big and powerful,” he added.

Duterte emphasized and reiterated the need to fast-track a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea to promote peace and stability in the busy waterway.

“The Philippines is one with Asean in transforming the South China Sea into a sea of peace and prosperity for all. We are committed to the immediate conclusion of a substantive and effective Code of Conduct in the South China Sea. And if I may add, it has been a long time and it is a long wait,” he said.

It was last July 12, 2016, when the Philippines won the arbitration case it lodged against China after the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands invalidated Beijing’s nine-dash line claim over the contested waters. China refused to acknowledge the arbitral ruling.

The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and China, are the different countries who have different claims in the South China Sea (SCS).




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