Day 1 Update: Philippines made an impassioned plea before the Arbitral Tribunal

The Philippines has begun presenting its position on the jurisdictional issue and admissibility of Philippines’ case against China’s West Philippine Sea claim yesterday, July 7 before the Arbitral Tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Peace Palace at The Hague, Netherlands.

“The First Round of Philippines Arguments will continue tomorrow, July 8, 2015, from 10 am to 1 pm Netherlands time (4 pm to 7 pm PHL time) for the morning session,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a statement.

The afternoon hearing will be from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm Netherlands time (8:30 pm to 11:30 pm PHL time). The first round of presentation of Philippine arguments started July 7 and will continue until July 13.

Valte said 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,” the spokesperson said.

After the presentation of Filipino representatives, Chief Counsel for the Philippines Paul S. Reichler of Foley Hoag LLP in Washington DC presented the Tribunal’s jurisdiction over the Philippine claims under UNCLOS.

Professor Philippe Sands QC of Matrix Chambers in London, part of Philippine counsel, also presented Philippines’ position.