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Carpio: PH can’t claim Panatag

Carpio: PH can’t claim Panatag

Acting Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio said the Philippines cannot invoke sovereign rights over the Panatag or Scarborough Shoal since the 2016 decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) did not settle the dispute with China for lack of jurisdiction.

A UNITED States Navy destroyer, the USS John S. McCain, carried out last week what the US calls a “Freedom of Navigation Operation” (FNO) in the South China Sea. It passed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built by China on Mischief Reef in the Spratly Island group.

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MANY will find the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers’ joint communiqué on the South China Sea disputes wanting in so many ways.

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In the book of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament of the Bible, it is written:

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The Philippines and China discussed setting up a “two-track’’ system that would allow them to cooperate in some areas while separately handling “contentious issues’’ such as their South China Sea territorial dispute, a Manila envoy said yesterday.

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THE United Nations-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) based in the Netherland has finally ruled that China’s claim to the Spratlys in the West Philippine Sea has no legal basis and the contested islands are well within the Philippines’ maritime economic zone. It’s a historic victory for us.

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