Arbitral Tribunal convenes to deliberate today

“The Arbitral Tribunal will be convening today to deliberate on the presentations made by the Philippines in its claims against China,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a bulletin released today, July 10.

During the two-day First Round of Arguments, the Philippines presented its arguments to prove that the Arbitral Tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration has jurisdiction over the case it filed against China’s ambitious West Philippine Sea claim and that there is no bar to the exercise of its jurisdiction.

Philippine legal team also presented to the tribunal arguments regarding the strength of the Philippines’ environmental and fishing claims against China.

“The Philippines will await word if it will be propounded additional questions by members of the tribunal and if a Second Round of Arguments on Hearing and Admissibility will be required,” Valte said. If the Arbitral Tribunal requires second round of hearing, it will be conducted July 13.

The Philippine legal team is tackling the issue, raised by China, on Arbitral Tribunal’s jurisdiction over the case. The arbitration tribunal is expected to come up with a decision on jurisdictional issue from August to September. After the jurisdictional issue has been resolved another hearing is expected to be held in November this year.

Decision on Philippines’ case against the validity of China’s claim insisting sovereignty over virtually the entire West Philippine Sea is expected early 2016.