Teodoro Locsin Jr., the nation’s everlasting consultant to the United Nations, has known as on involved events concerned in maritime disputes to tackle such battle based mostly on worldwide legal guidelines.

“The rules-based approach in UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) is the way forward in addressing maritime disputes including in our own region,” Locsin mentioned earlier than a UN assembly in New York City.

“We call on those involved in disputes in and beyond our seas and oceans to consider resorting to the available dispute settlement mechanism in UNCLOS,” he mentioned.

The Philippines received a UN-recognized arbitration court docket ruling that nullifies China’s extreme claims in the South China Sea. The Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration nearly upheld the nation’s maritime entitlements in the disputed waters based mostly on UNCLOS and different associated maritime legal guidelines.

China nevertheless has ignored the arbitration resolution and even continued with its huge reclamation actions in the contested South China Sea.

Locsin mentioned the nation owes “a lot” to UNCLOS and its judicial arm the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea for awarding the Hague victory. He mentioned the ruling is “now part of our inalienable national patrimony.”

Source: politics.com.ph