Malacañang rejected Wednesday’s call by former top diplomat Albert del Rosario from the Philippines to increase Manila’s legal win over the South China Sea over Beijing as world rulers gather at the 74th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN).
Bringing up the 2016 decision that invalidated China’s sweeping claims to the meeting over the resource-rich waters would be “pointless” as the UN has no “enforcement force.”
Earlier, Del Rosario said the Philippines, scheduled to talk at the UN Assembly on Sept. 28, should take its arbitral decision to the global forums to force China to comply with the law.
The UN General Assembly is an outstanding place because all nations will listen and the Philippines will be able to put forward a case for the UN to reassert that right is power and that the rule of law must be upheld.
Meanwhile, Panelo laughed at Del Rosario’s proposal, stating that even if Locsin increases the decision, he believes nothing would occur. Panelo said President Rodrigo Duterte thinks the Philippine government is dealing with the maritime conflict efficiently at the moment.
The Philippines and China agreed to undertake joint oil and gas exploration in Manila’s exclusive economic zone, even though both nations still have to address the South China Sea maritime conflict.
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