DND: PH to defend territory even without PCA ruling

DND: PH to defend territory even without PCA ruling


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Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Delfin Lorenzana explains that even without the 2016 Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ruling which invalidated Chinese claims over the West Philippine Sea, the Philippines is committed to protecting its rightful territories.

“What President (Rodrigo) Duterte said last night regarding the PCA ruling is correct. There is no international law enforcement body that can enforce it. However, even without the PCA ruling, we will continue to defend what is rightfully ours,” DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said in a statement.

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This came after the Chief Executive, in his public address on Wednesday night, claimed that invoking the 2016 PCA ruling is just a waste of time.

“Iyang papel, sa totoong buhay between nations, iyang papel, wala iyan (The document showing our victory, in real life, that is nothing between nations),” he said.


The President also said he attempted to assert the ruling but the country gained nothing from it.

Tayo nanalo. Ngayon pagdating ko, ang barko nandiyan sa West Philippine Sea, China ship. Tayo wala na. Tapos sabi nila itong papel sa kaso na nanalo tayo, i-pursue mo. Pinursue ko, walang nangyari (We won. Now, China’s ships are still there in the West Philippine Sea when I assumed office. However, we already withdrew ours. And they are convincing me to pursue the ruling. I pursued it but nothing happened),” he added.



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