Philippine legal team facing Tribunal today to answer questions

The Philippine legal team will be facing the five-man Artbitral Tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Peace Palace at The Hague, Netherlands today. Philippines is six hours ahead of Netherlands. The team is expected to answer additional questions from the Tribunal in the issue of jurisdiction and admissibility.

The First Round of Arguments on Jurisdiction and Admissibility began last Tuesday, July 7.

“The Second Round of Arguments is scheduled for today. We are confident that the delegation will be able to thoroughly answer additional questions from the Tribunal and convey the full merit of our arguments. We continue to hope for a favorable ruling,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a statement.

Philippines is being represented by Solicitor General Florin T. Hilbay as Agent. Counsels are Paul S. Reichler and Lawrence H. Martin from law firm Foley Hoag LLP in Washington DC; Professor Bernard H. Oxman from University of Miami School of Law; Professor Philippe Sands QC from Matrix Chambers in London; and Professor Alan Boyle Essex Court Chambers in London.

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

“The Philippine side has undertaken sufficient preparation to ensure that the best answers will be provided to the questions expected to be propounded by the Tribunal during the second round,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said Friday, July 10.