Palace comments on ‘Philippines, Province of China’ tarpaulins

“It’s absurd and I’m sure it’s the enemies of the government who are behind it. So to them, try again. You need a better gimmick than that,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in today’s press briefing commenting on the hanging of tarpaulins indicating Philippines as a province of China.

Roque said that the government will gain nothing by posting the said tarpaulins.

He said that certainly there is no truth in the message brought by the banners.

“We continue to assert our sovereignty and sovereign rights. But we decided to move on on issues which are non controversial because we know the final resolution particularly on the issue of sovereignty on the disputed islands will take many many many years to resolve since this was not the subject of arbitral ruling that we won two years ago,” he added.

Today is the second anniversary of the award of the Arbitral Tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration favoring Philippines’ position in West Philippine Sea.

Acting Chief Justice Antonio T. Carpio, in his keynote at the Kasarinlan Foreign Policy Forum held July 9, said “the award means the Philippines has a full 200 nautical-mile exclusive economic zone in the West Philippine Sea excluding the territorial seas of the islands, high-tide rocks, which remain in dispute since UNCLOS has no jurisdiction over territorial or sovereignty issues.”

Justice Carpio noted that among the most important aspects of the award is the ruling that China cannot use the so-called historic nine-dash line as legal basis to claim any part of South China Sea waters and resources.