Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Philippines Wins its Case Against China, Now its Time for CHEXIT!

July 12, 2016
5:05 P.M.

The Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague awarded exclusive sovereign right over the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) to the Philippines.

The decision was awarded 3 years after the case was filed by the Philippines in Netherlands.
The Philippine delegation before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea during the hearing of the case against China. Photo: Permanent Court of Arbitration

“The Tribunal concluded that there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas falling within the ‘nine-dash line.’” as stated during PCA's press release.

A Chinese Coast Guard Vessel vs. a small supply PH vessel
 “Having found that none of the features claimed by China was capable of generating an exclusive economic zone, the Tribunal found that it could—without delimiting a boundary—declare that certain sea areas are within the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines, because those areas are not overlapped by any possible entitlement of China,” it added.

The tribunal further declared, "all of the high-tide features in the Spratly Islands (including, for example, Itu Aba, Thitu, West York Island, Spratly Island, North-East Cay, South-West Cay) are legally “rocks” that do not generate an exclusive economic zone or continental shelf."

“Our experts are studying the Award with the care and thoroughness that this significant arbitral outcome deserves. In the meantime, we call on all those concerned to exercise restraint and sobriety,” said Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr.
China's planned "Static Aircraft Carrier" is actually a full scale multi-purpose military base.
Since international law dictates that the region within the Philippines EEZ is ours, it is time for China to do a #CHexit from the West Philippines Sea, clamored many social media users, activists and patriotic Filipinos.

Many environmentalists are also worried of the damage China incurred in the resource rich region.  As one Filipino Facebook user posted, "China heavily invested in having a powerful naval fleet, but if you notice they only have a single aircraft carrier. They are not very much interested in mobile aircraft platforms, but on static landing strips such as reclaimed islets. Greedy China. They have no regards for environmental values, damaging thousands of hectares of atolls and reefs just to achieve their nefarious ambitions."

Manila filed the case in 2013 challenging China’s claim. China ignored and refused to participate in the hearings and vowed to ignore the verdict.

Many Filipinos are now urging their fellow countrymen to be more loud in protesting China's incursion in the West Philippine Sea.

And now, they are threatening to sink BRP Sierra Madre in response to the court ruling.

China “could tow away or sink” the BRP Siera Madre in response to the upcoming Philippine legal case against China at the Hague, State-run Global Times said in strongly-worded editorials on Friday.

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