Retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio supports the move to bring to the United Nations General Assembly the legal victory of the Philippines over China over the South China Sea to win the support of world leaders.
The UN General Assembly is the locus of world opinion, and if you want to manipulate world opinion, you continue there, Carpio said in an interview on ANC’s Headstart. Xi opposes the arbitral win of the Philippines in the South China Sea Carpio, saying that China must comply with the decision in two ways. The first, which he said seems unlikely, is if China complies with the ruling on a voluntary basis.
The second is if China is forced to comply with the ruling by world opinion. Does world opinion matter to China? Indeed, because China has to export to survive.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague affirmed the sovereign rights of the Philippines to its exclusive 200-nautical-mile Economic Zone (EEZ) in 2016, denying China’s ancient asset claim in the South China Sea using its principle of the 9-mile line.
China claims significant parts of the South China Sea and is increasing its resource-rich waters militarization activities. The territorial claims are disputed by other parties, such as Malaysia, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
Last September, former Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert Del Rosario urged the Duterte government to bring the arbitral decision to the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Del Rosario proposed that the DFA formulate a plan on how to convince the global village of nations to take a stand on the rule of law in favor of the Philippines. Carpio said that the government should submit the resolution to the UN General Assembly. If this government doesn’t want it, it can possibly be done by the next government. We don’t just look at this government, Carpio said.
We are providing the Filipino people with a choice on how to enforce the rule. The Filipino people need to know there are alternatives-it’s not just a matter of either going to war with China or submitting to China. There are many other ways to implement the ruling, he said. End of an era ‘ retired earlier this month at the Supreme Court as Carpio retires Carpio after 18 years with the Supreme Court.
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