Arbitration ruling opened us to Chinese or Vietnamese military aggression in South China Sea
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It is sickening for the previous Yellow regime, especially its Foreign secretary Albert del Rosario, and just recently President Rodrigo Duterte’s present Defense and Foreign Affairs secretaries to be flag-waving in claiming that the arbitration suit President Benigno Aquino 3rd had filed against China was a “victory” for the Philippines. The truth – if Duterte’s officials would just bother to study the award and read international law experts’ voluminous analyses on it (rather than reports of United States media) – is that it severely damaged our national interests on such a scale that Aquino and del Rosario could be deemed to have committed treason. I discussed in last Friday’s column that the arbitration award degraded our islands in the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) into mere “rocks” not entitled to exclusive economic zones, which could have meant – if not for the award – expansive maritime areas for the country four times bigger than the size of Luzon.
Tiglao, R. D. (2020, July 20). Arbitration ruling opened us to Chinese or Vietnamese military aggression in South China Sea. The Manila Times, pp. A1, A5.
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Law of the sea; International law; Disputes; Territorial waters; Military operations; Exclusive economic zone; United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea; Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); del Rosario, Albert; Duterte, Rodrigo; Aquino, Benigno III; Obama, Barack; Pompeo, Michael; Trump, Donald
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