Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio today said the Philippine government should asked the Hague-based Permanent Court of Arbitration to issue a provisional measure ordering China to stop the ongoing construction in the West Philippine Sea. “The Philippines can ask the Tribunal to issue a provisional measure directing China to stop its reclamation to prevent serious harm to the marine environment,” Justice Carpio said.
“Even if China ignores it, the world will know China is defying an international order,” he added.
“Seventy percent of fish in the Philippines are spawned here…Carried by the tides to Palawan and even Vietnam. So, this is our food source and China doesn’t care,” the justice said in a forum entitled “Towards Common Actions on Maritime Commons—Safeguarding Maritime Security in Asia Through Regional Cooperation” in Ortigas, Pasig.
Justice Carpio said, in an interview with Mario Esteban of Elcano Royal Institute, the Philippine government is expecting a decision on jurisdictional issue to be released in August or September after a hearing next month – another hearing will be held in November. “And after that, we wait for the decision of the tribunal. We expect the tribunal to decide on the merits with finality in the first quarter of 2016.”