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Arbitral Tribunal decides in favor of Philippines vs. China case over South China Sea

/ 09:00 AM July 12, 2016

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The Philippines won a historic decision by the international arbitral tribunal on the maritime dispute case between Philippines and China which was issued Tuesday, July 12, 2016, 5 p.m.

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BACKSTORY: Philippines wins arbitration case vs. China over South China Sea

The three year old arbitration case was first initiated by the Philippines in January 2013 following the tense standoff between Philippine and Chinese vessels at Scarborough shoal, also known as Panatag Shoal or Bajo de Masinloc.

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READ: Key points of the arbitral tribunal’s verdict on Philippines vs China case

Read more about the case through these articles below:

#InquirerSeven FAQ about the Philippines vs. China arbitration case

Read our #InquirerSeven listicle to know the story behind the territorial disputes and arbitration case between the Philippines and China, and what will happen after the UN makes its decision.

Tribunal case is far more than just a matter of rocks and reefs

The tribunal case that will decide the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China has more far-reaching effects other than resolving who will gain control over a bunch of rocks and reefs, its repercussions may also affect the economic and geopolitical security of the region and the rest of the world.

The heart of the dispute over the West PH Sea

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A year before the UN rules on the arbitration case between the Philippines and China, then Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario questioned the “historic rights” China used as a basis for its claims in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

FULL TEXT: DFA chief Del Rosario’s speech at UN tribunal

Read former Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario’s speech to the UN tribunal that outlined the reasons why the Philippines brought its territorial disputes with China to arbitration, and the importance of the case to Southeast Asia and the rest of the world.

Why the Unclos is important to the West Philippine Sea dispute

Almost a year ago, Associate Justice Antonio Carpio warned of the repercussions should the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) decide that it had no jurisdiction over the arbitration case as China’s nine-dash line encompassed almost the entire West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Justice Carpio debunks China’s historical claim

Associate Justice Carpio said that the Panatag Shoal (Scarborough Shoal) has always been a part of the Philippines, having been used as an impact range for Philippine and American planes during joint military exercises, after the case was brought to the UN tribunal over two years ago.

UNCLOS explained: Why China’s claims in South China Sea are invalid

A month before the Philippines submitted its arguments to the International Permanent Court of Arbitration two years ago, then Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza said that China’s nine-dash line failed to meet the requirements previously set by the UNCLOS.

PH says China’s territory subject to Unclos

Former DFA Spokesperson Raul Hernandez cited international laws and the UNCLOS to assert that China could not project itself beyond its territorial boundaries as Chinese patrols started to prowl the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) two years ago.

PH power team to The Hague; UN tribunal to rule first on jurisdiction

Former President Benigno Aquino III assembled a delegation, which included members of the Cabinet security cluster, to the oral arguments in the Hague, which first decided the case of the Philippines vs China a year ago.

‘CHexit’ PH waters urged – Netizens raise call on eve of UN ruling

Ahead of the results of the UN arbitration, Filipinos took to social media to and referenced the ‘Brexit’ term, coined for Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, in a “#Chexit” campaign to curb Chinese infringement in Philippine territorial waters.

Asean foreign ministers voice concerns on South China Sea

Foreign ministers from other member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations said they were “seriously concerned” by the developments in the disputed territory months before the arbitration case.

China won’t budge on South China Sea sovereignty

China’s foreign minister voiced the country’s claim on virtually the entirety of the disputed region, and why they won’t permit other nations to infringe in their claimed territorial waters, ahead of the results of the U.N. arbitration.

South China Sea: China willing to pay the price of defiance

China remained determined in its defiance of any decisions to be made by the UN arbitration tribunal over its territorial disputes with the Philippines, confident that in terms of territory and resources, it will not lose a thing.

China: We are the victims in dispute, won’t heed UN decision

A year before the arbitration case between the Philippines and China over the disputed territory, a Chinese foreign minister claimed that it was the Philippines who caused the disputes in the first place, and that they will not follow the United Nations’ decision on the case.

Beijing will not ‘step back’ in South China Sea—media

Chinese state-run media asserted the country’s sovereign claims over its disputed territory with the Philippines and other ASEAN contries, even as US naval patrols close in on islands in the contested seas, ahead of the results of the UN arbitration case.

China wants PH to drop UN suit

With a disadvantageous position with the UN arbitration tribunal, China urged the Philippines to return to bilateral negotiations regarding the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

UN Tribunal ruling ‘null, void, nonbinding’- China 

Less than a year ago, China remained firm that it will not give up its claim on the disputed territory and will not follow any decision made by the international Arbitration Tribunal, further accusing the tribunal of violating China’s sovereign rights.

China’s army plays down South China Sea island-building

PH’s top marine law expert hopeful China will respect sea ruling

Maritime affairs expert separates facts from fiction on Scarborough Shoal

China turning reefs into ‘artificial islands’ for ‘dominance’–expert

South China Sea row endangers PH maritime industry–expert

Endangered wildlife collateral damage in Spratlys row

IN PHOTOS: China’s reclamation in West Philippine Sea

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