Philippines documenting China moves in Scarborough as ‘evidence’ in tribunal case


MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine government has been watching and documenting the conduct of Chinese vessels at the contested Scarborough (or Panatag) Shoal, in preparation for presenting evidence on Chinese incursions at an international tribunal, President Benigno Aquino said on Thursday afternoon.

“We are documenting everything that will have to be. At the time we get to the proper fora we will present all of this,” President Benigno Aquino told reporters when told about the increased presence of Chinese ships at the Panatag Shoal.

The Philippines and China are in the middle of a standoff at the shoal, with the two countries maintaining their presence in the territory to assert their sovereignty.

While the Armed Forces reported the presence in the area of 14 Chinese ships, only a Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources vessel and a Philippine Coast Guard ship represent the country in the standoff.

Aquino said he would be briefed by Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario regarding the country’s legal strategy in bringing the issue of the Chinese incursion to the International Tribunal on the Laws of the Sea.

The problem with bringing the dispute to the ITLOS is the need for the two contending parties to both agree to come before the tribunal.

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  • Henri

    On Scarborough (Masinloc’s “Karburo”) and the larger claims in the
    West Philippine Sea/Eastern Vietnam Sea/South China Sea, so much
    verbiage has occupied Manila’s front pages and TV/radio primetime since
    P-Noy assumed office.

    News sources range from Malacañang and DFA, to Congress and LGUs, to
    Asian experts from think-tanks, and to Zambales and Pangasinan
    fisherfolk. The noise and ruckus in support of our Philippine position,
    nevertheless, amounts almost to “N.A.T.O.” (No Action, Talk Only) so
    far, it appearing that our officials have resorted solely to cautious
    niceties and fancy ‘abante-atras’ (forward-backward) footwork.

    For so long, we’ve been hearing about… “the elevation of the West
    Philippine Sea conflicts to the International Tribunal for the Law of
    the Sea.” So, we say: “Don’t delay further. Why not JUST DO IT NOW,
    since it takes only a phone call or text message to instruct our capable
    Permanent Representative in the UN Ambassador Libran Cabactulan to do

    –South China Sea: Scareborough/Karburo

  • Henri

    And, for even longer, the post of Philippine ambassador to China has
    been vacant because Ambassador-designate Domingo Lee couldn’t hurdle the
    Commission on Appointments. This is so unfortunate, but it also smacks
    of poor crisis management in a critical game – where high stakes are
    involved, and no less than the Philippine team’s best players are needed
    onsite. Up to now, however, Malacañang/DFA are “still searching” for a
    career ambassador with proper job credentials. Shouldn’t the search have
    been conducted long before, and one replacement already earmarked,
    ratified, posted, and updated on Philippines-China-ASEAN relations? Why
    not reshuffle some senior career ambassadors in other posts or at the
    Home Office – since some are overstaying anyway?

    Surely, heavyweight China deserves to have a top diplomat to
    represent middleweight Philippines – not just a junior chargé d’
    affaires, even if he is competent enough.

    —South China Sea: Scareborough/Karburo

  • Kosing Gawlu

    Rigoberto Tiglao ang galing mo!, ang galing mong mambatikos sa presidente, bakit kaya hindi ka na lang tumakbo sa eleksiyon para malaman natin kung may ibubuga ka?, baka naman pulos bunganga ka lang sa tunay.

  • thomas

    solution: kick chinese out of rp, occupy the shoal..
    nationalize chinese assets..

  • Ano Ikaw

    Declare martial law, sieze all Chinese citizens’ assets

    • Abe Smith

       hey, there is a Hitler Club for your kind to join.

  • Ano Ikaw

    Josh Wu, eto ang sagot ko:
     海島屬於菲律賓。 如果您的邏輯在說中國人1200年發現的,正確的,您是否是說中國也擁有越南、新加坡、汶萊、甚而臺灣和日本?
    您的論據和那您的中國govt,是錯誤的。 英國發現美國是您說美國屬於英國?

  • Ano Ikaw

    The island belongs to the Philippines. If your logic in saying that the Chinese discovered it in 1200, is correct, are you saying that China also owns Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Taiwan, Phils and even Japan? (By the way the Phils was discovered by Spain, so your stupid Chinese govt says now that our country belongs to Spain? ID10t!)

    Your argument and that of your Chinese govt, is WRONG. The Spain discovered USA are you saying that USA belongs to the Spain?

    Your claims are despicable.

    • Abe Smith

       Under what delusion do you Filipinos claim the shoals?

      • SimounIbarra

        Under the International Law, on which China doesn’t want to speak of because they knew they don’t stand a chance.


      Say, I now occupy the Philippines, the Philippines is my?

      • Protect_Cheap_Dog

        In the 21st century you can’t just occupy a sovereign state and claim it yours!  Gone are those days unless you want to be called the new Hitler of the world!  

        China can try but they will face condemnations and UN sanctions along the way!

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