Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio obtained a rebuke on Wednesday from Malacanang after he reminded President Duterte about his constitutional responsibility to defend Panatag Shoal from Chinese incursion.
Undersecretary Ernesto Abella mentioned President Duterte has not reneged on his responsibility to guard the nation’s sovereignty even whereas he has cast higher bilateral ties with China.
“Furthermore, PRRD has repeatedly asserted that RP is not giving up its claims and our entitlements over the area,” Abella mentioned, including that the President has been upfront with China that he’ll one time or one other additionally invoke the UN arbitration ruling about South China Sea.
“He has said time and again that he will defend and protect the interests of the Filipino people, and will take necessary action at a time most fitting and advantageous to us,” he mentioned.
Carpio additionally formulated a five-point technique on how the Duterte administration can reply to China’s reported plan to put in a radar station within the disputed shoal.
The Justice of the Peace defined that Panatag is a part of the national territory below Republic Act No. 9522 or Philippine Baselines Law and needs to be defended to “preserve for future generations of Filipinos their national patrimony in the West Philippine Sea.”
But he careworn that because the Philippines can’t match the army energy of China, Duterte might go for different actions to defend the nation’s sovereignty over the shoal and fulfill his responsibility as president.
First, Carpio urged that the federal government ought to file a powerful formal protest in opposition to the Chinese constructing exercise earlier than the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague.
“This is what the Vietnamese did recently when China sent cruise tours to the disputed Paracels,” he added.
The PCA dominated that Panatag Shoal is a “common fishing ground” of fishermen not solely from the Philippines but in addition from China and different neighboring nations and nullified China’s nine-dash line declare over South China Sea. The justice mentioned the federal government may additionally ship the Philippine Navy to patrol the shoal.
“If the Chinese attack Philippine Navy vessels, then invoke the Philippine-US Mutual Defense Treaty which covers any armed attack on Philippine navy vessels operating in the South China Sea,” he urged.