Ruling for West Philippine Sea case expected first quarter of 2016

“In January 2016 or sometime between January and March 2016,” the Philippines is expecting for the final judgment of the arbitral tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration said Washington-based Paul Reichler, Philippines’ lead counsel in a forum hosted by Center for Strategic and International Studies in US.

According to Rappler’s report, Reichler said if China will not file a counter-memorial until December 15 this year, the arbitral tribunal will proceed to the alternate procedure.

“On the following day [after December 15], the tribunal will present a series of questions both on jurisdiction and merits to the Philippines, arising from the Philippines’ memorial, and give the Philippines approximately 3 months to answer those questions.”

If the Philippines submits the written response within the three month period, “between the 7th and 18th of July 2015” Philippines will be called to attend for a oral hearing.

“Again we hope that China will participate. But if not, they will go forward anyway, with the Philippines appearing before the tribunal to make its arguments, and to respond to questions from the tribunal,” Reichler emphasized.

Within 6 to 8 months after the oral hearing the arbitral tribunal will issue the ruling.

That would be between January and March 2016.

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