Philippines arbitration - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Philippines arbitration


Do we let greed continue running the world?

Jul 14, 2016 - 1:00 PM

Once our President makes a decision it will be binding on us on our children and on our children s children I do hope we get the answer right before it is too late

The moment of truth in the West Philippine Sea

Jul 10, 2016 - 6:00 PM

What is at stake is not only regional security in Asia but also shared access to global commons in accordance to modern international law

HIGH-CALIBER TRIBUNAL. The arbitral tribunal is led by Judge Thomas Mensah (president, C), the first president of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. The high-caliber tribunal also includes the following (L to R): Judge Jean-Pierre Cot, Judge Stanislaw Pawlak, Judge Rüdiger Wolfrum, and Professor Alfred H. A. Soons. Photo courtesy of PCA

Q and A: Is South China Sea now a superpowers' battleground?

Nov 28, 2015 - 5:00 PM

UP law professor Jay Batongbacal says: The South China Sea and the region are becoming the arena for competition between these great powers

MARITIME SECURITY. US President Barack Obama speaks following a tour of the BRP Gregario Del Pilar in Manila Harbor in Manila on November 17, 2015 after arriving to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

PH vs China: Why a win for Manila benefits the region

Nov 28, 2015 - 12:07 PM

Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal says a ruling striking down China s 9 dash line will be a victory not just for the Philippines but also for other claimant countries

GLOBAL INTEREST. Seven countries send observers to the arbitral tribunal hearings at The Hague on the Philippines' historic case against China. File photo from the Permanent Court of Arbitration

Lawyer Estelito Mendoza: Is PH case vs China 'worth it?'

Nov 27, 2015 - 9:17 PM

Estelito Mendoza says of the Philippine case: I do not believe in filing cases just to gain a reputation I believe only in filing a case if it will bring relief to my client

BRINGING RELIEF? Veteran trial lawyer Estelito Mendoza (right) questions whether the Philippine arbitration case against China will work to Manila's favor if Beijing defies the final ruling. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Aquino on sea row: India was also sued but followed ruling

Nov 22, 2015 - 8:17 AM

Philippine President Aquino compares the historic Philippines vs China with the arbitration case Bangladesh won against India over the Bay of Bengal

ADOPT CODE. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets ASEAN leaders, later telling them to adopt a Code of Conduct on the South China Sea. EPA photo

China to benefit from following arbitration ruling – Justice Carpio

Nov 06, 2015 - 11:30 AM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says China s global ambitions will make it costly for Beijing to defy an international arbitration ruling favoring the Philippines

'SAVING FACE.' Philippine Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says Beijing cannot afford to defy an international ruling on the South China Sea arbitration case. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Justice Carpio: 'Catastrophe to withdraw China case'

Nov 06, 2015 - 8:59 AM

Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio gives the warning to presidential aspirants who he says should detail their stance on China

2016 CHALLENGE. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says presidential candidates must say whether or not they will withdraw the arbitration case against China. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

'PH likely to win, lose some claims vs China'

Jul 10, 2015 - 11:24 AM

Maritime law expert Jay Batongbacal explains that sovereignty and China s land reclamation beyond the Philippines exclusive zone are Manila s main hurdles in the arbitration case

The Philippine team at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, before the start of the oral arguments in connection with the arbitration case against China. Among the team members are Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Secretary Ronald Llamas, Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte, Jr., Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa, Jr., Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Benjamin Caguioa, Deputy Executive Secretary for Legal Affairs Menardo Guevarra, Consul General Henry Bensurto, as well as the legal counsels led by Mr. Paul Reichler of Foley Hoag.

'China miscalculated US response to reclamation'

Jun 09, 2015 - 7:55 AM

Former ABC News Beijing bureau chief Chito Sta Romana tells Rappler China is caught in a bind after the US strongly responded to its reclamation activities

'CHINA'S FURIOUS.' Former ABC News Beijing bureau chief Chito Sta Romana says China was furious that the US strongly criticized its artificial island-building in the South China Sea

Soon in schools: West Philippine Sea 101?

Jan 06, 2015 - 7:43 AM

The DFA wants students to learn about the Philippines marine wealth and maritime claims by incorporating the West Philippine Sea in the curriculum

'VALUE RESOURCES.' Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Charles Jose says his department's proposed West Philippine Sea curriculum aims to teach students to value the Philippines' marine resources. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

PH lawyer: We can ‘demolish’ China’s arguments

Dec 20, 2014 - 9:30 AM

The full statement of Philippine counsel Paul Reichler on China s position paper against arbitration the US study on the 9 dash line and Vietnam s submission

'IRRELEVANT ARGUMENTS.' The Philippines' counsel Paul Reichler says China's position paper makes Manila's job to defend its case easier. Chinese Foreign Ministry Wang Yi (in photo) ordered the publication of the paper on December 7. File photo by Rolex Dela Pena/Pool/AFP

PH lawyer: China ‘felt pressured’ to respond

Dec 20, 2014 - 9:03 AM

The Philippines legal counsel Paul Reichler tells Rappler China s position paper shows that Beijing felt pressured to show that it is not an outlaw nation

DEMOLISHING ARGUMENTS. Philippine counsel Paul Reichler tells Rappler Manila can 'easily refute' China's arguments. Photo courtesy: Foley Hoag

PH ordered to file written comment on case vs China

Dec 17, 2014 - 11:42 PM

The Hague based arbitral tribunal gives the Philippines until March 15 2015 to address as it considers appropriate any public statements made by the Chinese government in relation to the dispute

TOP JURISTS. The Arbitral Tribunal in the Philippines' arbitration case against China, L to R: Judge Jean-Pierre Cot,  Judge Stanislaw Pawlak, Judge Thomas A. Mensah (President), Judge Rüdiger Wolfrum, Professor Alfred H. A. Soons. File photo from PCA website

China ignores deadline to respond to PH case

Dec 16, 2014 - 9:41 AM

China reiterates that it will not accept or participate in the Philippines case on the South China Sea snubbing a December 15 deadline to respond

NO MEMORIAL. China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang says arbitration is not the way to resolve the South China Sea dispute. File photo by Kim Hee-Chul/EPA

What China's snub means for PH arbitration case

Dec 15, 2014 - 1:31 PM

China snubs the deadline to respond to the Philippine s arbitration case What does this mean for Manila?

Rough seas: Will PH ‘lawfare’ work vs China?

Dec 13, 2014 - 1:26 PM

Legal and foreign affairs experts say the outcome of the Philippines arbitration case is uncertain and Manila must work harder on diplomatic and military tracks

LEGAL GAMBIT. The Philippines takes China to court. Will it get the Asian superpower to comply with a ruling favoring Manila? File photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Vietnam joins Philippines in case vs China

Dec 12, 2014 - 4:52 PM

Vietnam submits its position on the Philippine arbitration case against China the first time another South China Sea claimant legally challenged China s claims

VIETNAM RESPONDS. Le Hai Binh, spokesperson for the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry, says Vietnam "expressed its position" to the tribunal handling the Philippines' arbitration case. File photo by Hoang Dinh Nam/AFP

China: PH legal case weak on jurisdiction

Dec 07, 2014 - 2:09 PM

Turning the tables on the Philippines Beijing says Manila abused international law by filing an arbitration case on the South China Sea dispute

TURNING TABLES. China accuses the Philippines of violating international law by resorting to arbitration. In this photo, Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario holds a press conference after Manila filed its pleading last March. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Will China follow PH arbitration case ruling?

Oct 30, 2014 - 8:15 AM

An American international law scholar says countries that are parties to laws such as UNCLOS already agreed to follow processes such as arbitration

‘Dealing with China not like haggling in Divisoria’

Feb 27, 2014 - 8:02 PM

Senators call on the Philippine government to consider the implications of a Chinese offer not to submit its pleading in its arbitration case against Beijing