MANILA, Philippines (UPGRADED)-- The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on Tuesday, July 12, said an arbitral tribunal has ruled in support on of the Philippines in its historical situation versus China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
" [The] Tribunal ended that, as between the Philippines and also China, there was no legal basis for China to declare historical civil liberties to sources, in excess of the rights offered by the Convention, within the sea areas falling within the 'nine-dash line'," a news release from the PCA claimed.
According to the tribunal, "all of the high-tide capabilities in the Spratly Islands (consisting of, for instance, Itu Aba, Thitu, West York Island, Spratly Island, North-East Cay, South-West Cay) are legally "rocks" that do not create a special economic zone or continental rack."
In a declaration, Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr said the Philippines "welcomes" the award from The Hague.
" Our professionals are researching the Award with the care and thoroughness that this significant arbitral outcome is worthy of. In the meanwhile, we get in touch with all those worried to exercise restraint as well as sobriety," Yasay stated.
Yasay added that the Philippines "highly affirms its regard for this landmark choice" to assist deal with disagreements in the South China Sea.
" The decision supports international law, especially the 1982 [UN Convention on the Regulation of the Sea]," he claimed.
This judgment by an arbitral tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, comes after a 3-year procedure pursued by Manila however snubbed by Beijing.
The Philippines made the adhering to moves in seeking the situation for the past 3 years:
Submitting a case versus China on January 22, 2013
Sending a 4,000-page pleading or memorial on March 30, 2014
Submitting a 3,000-page additional memorial on March 17, 2015
Appearing prior to the arbitral tribunal in The Hague from July 7-13, 2015, to suggest that the tribunal can listen to the Philippines' instance
Returning to The Hague to review the merits of its situation versus China from November 24-30, 2015
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he intended to wait for this judgment before choosing the Philippines' next relocations in the sea disagreement.