Bulletin No. 2 of Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte on the Commencement of the First Round of Philippines Arguments for the Hearing on Jurisdiction and Admissibility
[Released on July 8, 2015, the Hague, Netherlands]
The Philippine delegation composed of representatives from all three branches of government has begun presenting its arguments for the PH position before the Arbitral Tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Peace Palace at The Hague, Netherlands.
Solicitor General Florin Hilbay introduced the case for the Philippines and presented the order of speakers for the afternoon session.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario made an impassioned plea for the Tribunal to recognize its jurisdiction due to the importance of the case not just to our country but to the entire world owing to its impact on the application of the Rule of Law in maritime disputes.
Paul Reichler, Chief Counsel for the Philippines, presented the justification for the Tribunal’s jurisdiction over the Philippine claims under UNCLOS. Professor Philippe Sands followed Reichler’s presentation by stating that the Philippines did not raise questions of sovereignty over land or raise questions of maritime delimitation.
The First Round of Philippines Arguments will continue tomorrow, July 8, 2015, from 10 am to 1 pm Netherlands time for the morning session. The afternoon hearing will be from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm, also Netherlands time.
The article was originally posted at http://www.gov.ph/2015/07/08/bulletin-2-arbitral-tribunal-the-hague/