UNCLOS

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PerryScope By Perry Diaz Now that the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) has ruled strongly in favor of the Philippines’ maritime disputes against China in the South China Sea (SCS), people are wondering, “What’s going to happen next?” Unless China accepts the arbitral tribunal’s ruling – in parts or in its entirety – nothing is going to happen in terms of enforcement. While the Philippines Read More …

The venue of the arbitration hearing is the Peace Palace in The Hague. (Photo credit: PCA)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Little did China realize that her attempt to take over the South China Sea (SCS) would be met with resistance from the United States as well as the Permanent Court of Arbitration. And with the speed it took to accomplish the one-two punch against the rising superpower in Asia-Pacific in a matter of two days, it left China with few options, Read More …

Hainan claims to administer all the waters enclosed by the dashes from 1 to the heavy red line intersecting the dashes between 8 and 9. The enclosed waters comprise two million square kilometers. China claims a total of three million square kilometers of maritime space, and all the resources found there, out of the 3.5 million square kilometers of maritime space in the South China Sea.

Making life worth living By Ellen Tordesillas Malaya China’s 9-dashed line map, which was recently expanded to 10 dashes, goes against the “concept of global commons” which was the foundation of the 1982 United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said in a speech delivered on the 75th Anniversary of the College of Law of the University of Read More …

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No Limitation  By Ted Laguatan Lodging the complaint with the International Tribunal on the Law of the Seas (ITLOS) against China’s illegal and immoral invasion and use of brute force to take over Philippine atolls and islands was a good move. A favorable decision would affirm Philippine ownership of certain real estate, marine and energy resources within the country’s 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone as defined Read More …

Design of military base to be built on Mabini Reef (Source: Huanqui.com)

PerryScope By Perry Diaz Recently, China confirmed that construction work is ongoing at the Mabini Reef (Johnson South Reef) in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). However, she declined to say what she’s constructing. She told the Philippines that it’s none of her business because the area is “Chinese territory.” It doesn’t matter that Mabini Reef is within the Philippines’ 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone Read More …

President Obama Delivers Commencement Address At West Point

By REY O. ARCILLA MALAYA (Obama finally corrected the grave mistake he and his underlings have been making when they kept upbraiding China by telling her to abide by the UNCLOS.) Asked about the Chinese apparently building a military base on Mabini Reef which belongs to the Philippines under international law, President Noynoy Aquino merely said that China is violating the 2002 ASEAN Declaration on Read More …

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No Limitation By Ted Laguatan Push has now come to shove. Emboldened by the lack of military resistance in occupying Philippine islands and with her fishing and navy boats sailing at will in our waters, China’s military leaders have now initiated a bold land reclamation military base project in Mabini Reef (Fiery Cross Reef). Location: about 150 miles from Palawan and within the Philippines 200 Read More …

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POSTSCRIPT By Federico D. Pascual jr. The Philippine Star  UNCLOS CITED: Is Noynoy Aquino still the president of the Philippines sworn to enforce the law or is now the lawyer of Chinese fishermen poaching in Philippine waters? He has been quoted as saying that Philippine authorities may not imprison the Chinese fishermen caught off Hasa-hasa (aka Half Moon) shoal near Palawan three weeks ago with Read More …

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By Jack Greig The National Interest A recent Foreign Policy article argued that China’s deployment of a billion-dollar offshore oil rig into maritime territory claimed by both Vietnam and China represents a potentially dangerous escalation of tensions in the South China Sea—one signaling China’s determination to exploit energy resources that lie under disputed waters. Over the past two decades, China has gone from being a Read More …

New York City Hall press conference for TPS for the Philippines. (File Photo: by Elton Lugay)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TED LAGUATAN (650) 504-7350 US Pinoys call on Aquino to ask Obama for TPS approval and drone technology In anticipation of President Barrack Obama’s visit to the Philippines, the US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG) group called on President Benigno S. Aquino III to persuade Obama to: Approve the Philippine request to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to Philippine nationals and to Read More …