Win or Lose: PHL government ready to accept tribunal’s decision, China won’t

Philippine government is ready to accept whether the arbitral tribunal under International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea decides in favor of Philippines or not. “I think in terms of the resulting award, win or lose we will accept the award. We expect at the very least for China to do the same,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario told reporters in an event for media.

Chinese government is firm on its stand that it will not accept the decision of the tribunal. China “will neither accept nor participate in the so-called South China Sea arbitration unilaterally initiated by the Philippines, and that the arbitral tribunal does not have jurisdiction over this case,” its foreign ministry said last December 2014.

It is expected that the tribunal will come up with a decision within the first quarter of 2016.

“The way it has been estimated for us, by March we should be submitting our responses to the queries that were handed down by the arbitral tribunal and China has until June to respond to our responses,” the Secretary said. Decision is expected approximately six months after presentation of oral arguments on July.