Senate concurs ratification of international protocol preventing use of weapons against civilian aircraft

Because no treaty or international agreement shall be valid and effective unless concurred in by at least two-thirds of all the members of the Senate, the Senate voted August 10 to concur in the ratification to the Protocol relating to an amendment to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Article 3 bis).

“The Protocol inserts an Article 3 bis to the original Convention, which relates to the use of weapons against civil aircraft in flight and interception of aircraft flying above a State’s territory without authority,” says in Senate Resolution 1334.

Senate President Franklin M. Drilon said that the resolution would help the government in its efforts towards prevention of the use of civil aircraft for unlawful purposes, with due recognition to international laws on the matter.

“The Protocol, while recognizing the sovereignty of a State over its airspace, enjoins States from resorting to the use of weapons against civil aircraft so as not to endanger the safety of the aircraft and the lives of persons onboard,” adds in the resolution.

The Protocol Relating to an Amendment to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Article 3 bis) was adopted by consensus during the 25th Session of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on 10 May 1984 in 11 Montreal, Canada. To date, 144 counties have ratified the Protocol.

President Aquino ratified the said Protocol on 5 May 2014 and has submitted it to the Senate for concurrence in its ratification, in accordance with the Constitution.