Back out from debate projected Duterte as loser, Carpio as hero
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Carpio’s research helped win in July 2016 international arbitration for the Philippines. The Hague court outlawed Beijing’s sea claims. China and Duterte belittled the ruling. Beijing in August 2017 blockaded a ninth Philippine sea-feature, Sandy Cay, within the territorial waters of Kalayaan Island municipality of Palawan. Cussing Carpio on national TV last Wednesday. Duterte said, “Pareho man tayo abogado. Gusto mo mag-debate tayo?” He enumerated two or three topics. Accusing Carpio of involvement in the withdrawal of Philippine Navy ships from Panatag during the 2012 standoff with China, the President said he would resign if unable to prove it. The 2016 Hague ruling supposedly is trash paper because unenforceable. China reportedly is in possession of the West Philippine Sea. Carpio gladly accepted “the challenge to debate anytime at the President’s convenience.”
Bondoc, J. (2021, May 12). Back out from debate projected Duterte as loser, Carpio as hero. The Philippine Star, p. 7.
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Territorial waters; Disputes; International law; Law of the sea; Exclusive economic zone; Governments; Philippine Bar Association; Duterte, Rodrigo; Carpio, Antonio; Roque, Harry; del Rosario, Albert; del Pilar, Gregorio; Xi, Jinping; Beijing; South China Sea; Philippines; Scarborough Shoal; Panatag Shoal; Spratlys; Palawan; Sandy Cay
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