After China snub, what now?

Atty. Romel Bagares

By Romel R. Bagares

Just as pundits have predicted, China soon announced it is not taking part in the arbitration proceedings initiated by the Philippines over the two countries’ territorial dispute in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea for the Chinese).

So, what happens next – does this mean an abrupt end to the Philippines’ quest for an effective legal solution to the riddle of the Chinese Nine-Dash Line claim?

Well, not quite.

Or at least, not yet.

The Philippine case against China was anchored on Annex VII of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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February 3, 2013 12:18 pm  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Vera Files

153 Responses

  1. johnmarzan - February 3, 2013 8:21 pm

    I thought Sonia brady (who suffered a stroke) and erlinda basilio did a poor job in dealing and “negotiating” with china (obvious ba?)

    domingo lee, who did not come from the diplomatic corp and who was pnoy’s original choice, would have been a better choice since he spoke their language, a not-so-insignificant quality, and has a deep understanding of the China’s culture. Plus, he is trusted by the president, another huge plus. but serge osmena seems to think otherwise and thinks his bullying and silly questions directed at Mr. lee was a-ok. (comment #7)

    http://www.ellentordesillas.com/2011/11/25/the-danger-that-domingo-lee-poses-to-national-interest/

  2. arvin - February 4, 2013 11:01 am

    Masyado talagang matigas ang bansang China sa usapain na iyan.

  3. Rudolfo - February 5, 2013 6:22 am

    What can we say, baka balik china ang Pilipinas ?…Iyan yata ang mga “protocols” ng mga chinese-Filipino blooded sa bansa..Anyway, our generation is just maybe, the time to know the hundreds generations long, impregnating the Filipinas, around the 7107 Islands of the country..What matters is the decency of the government, and the stability of the future, especially the coming generations…Siguro kung Hapon y Japanese yata ang nag-kupkop ng Pilipinas, di siguro nangyari ang mga iyan, etc..?..Mas solid ang Hapon, kaysa sa PNOYS at very innovative and progressive…Dito yata nagkamili sina Manuel Quezon at kanyang mga tropa noon, na mabigyan ng kalayaan ang Pilipinas, agad-agad, kahit na wala pa sa sapat na panahon…My food for thoughts..

  4. xman - February 5, 2013 11:04 am

    “China’s reliance on oil and gas imports has been rising, forcing the country to scramble for control over overseas oil businesses and possibly heightening tensions in the Middle East.”

    http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20130204000028&cid=1102&MainCatID=0

  5. Ellen - February 5, 2013 10:57 pm

    Ayan, Romel, hindi na mga tindahan sa Baguio ang background. European setting na.

  6. Ellen - February 6, 2013 3:03 pm

    From a concerned OFW:

    Bakit nag pabaya ang ating gobyerno sa larangan ng “military arsenal improvements” bakit hindi pinaghandaan ang ganitong posibilidad? Mula noong 1945 (liberation) hanggang ngayon 68 taon na ang nakalipas wala pa rin tayong kasangkapan ng pangdigma na medyo bago-bago?

    Samantalang ang mga kalapit bansa natin ay mga ‘sophisticated” ang kanilang mga military equipment sa Ground, Navies, at Airforce, ang pilipinas (tayo) ni isang F-16 fighter jets ay wala! Bakit hinayaan ng ating gobyerno na magkaganito ang ating hukbong sandatahan, “military arsenal.”

    Sa tingin namin tayo (pilipinas) ngayon ang pina kataw-tawa na bansa sa asya, dahil sa mga pangdigma nating mga kagamitan ay puro luma at bulok na ang iba! (obsolete) panahon pa sa hapon, kong meron mang bago-bago kaunti mga maliliit lang!

    Itong nagyari nagyon ay leksyon na ito nga ating gobyerno, dahil sa pagka walang bahala, at laging umaasa sa America.

    Ngayon na nagpakita ng negatibong aksyon ang America sa isyo ng scarborough shoal, kailangan lutasin natin ng sariling initiatibo.

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