Unable to defend The Hague junket, Lacierda turns catty

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda was being catty when he dismissed as “KSP” lawyer Harry Roque’s criticism of the huge Philippine delegation to the hearing of the U.N. Arbitral Tribunal of the case filed by the Philippines against China in The Hague, Netherlands. Roque raised a valid issue. He said: “With only three oralists scheduled to […]

July 9, 2015  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  63 Comments

What the Philippine U.N. case vs China is not

Contrary to what many think that the Philippines case against China in the Arbitral Court of the United Nations Commission on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) will clarify who owns what or which of the reefs in the Spratlys, it won’t. That’s because that is not in the scope of the U.N. Arbitral Tribunal […]

July 7, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  No Comments

PH and China dispute to continue despite U.N. Tribunal case

By Ellen T Tordesillas and Tessa Jamandre, VERA Files Despite the presence of a high-level Philippine team at the hearing of the Philippines’ case against China before the Arbitral Tribunal of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) this week, the issue of who owns the contested islands in the South […]

July 5, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Vera Files  4 Comments

Should PH seek provisional measures from U.N. vs China

As China continues its massive reclamation and construction in areas surrounding the seven reefs that it occupies in the disputed Spratly islands in the South China Sea, the Philippines can only watch helplessly. The Philippine government’s protests through media now sounds like a broken record. The United Nations International Tribunal on the Law of the […]

June 30, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs  3 Comments

Vietnam delivered when the Philippines needed it most

It means a lot to the Philippines that Vietnam submitted a Position Paper to the Arbitral Tribunal of the United Nations that is handling the complaint filed by the Philippines against China on the conflict in the South China Sea. Probably so as not to further antagonize China, with whom the Philippines has rekindled relations […]

December 15, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  5 Comments

Vietnam supports PH position: UN tribunal has jurisdiction on South China Sea dispute

By Ellen T. Tordesillas, VERA Files The Philippine case against China’s nine-dash line before the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal gained support from Vietnam in a statement it submitted to the court in The Hague on Thursday. The Vietnam Foreign Ministry said the tribunal has jurisdiction to settle disputes concerning the interpretation of the U.N. Convention […]

December 13, 2014  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea, Vera Files  One Comment

China’s position paper shows wide gap with PH stand

The Position Paper of China on the case filed by the Philippines with the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal showed the wide gap between the two countries as regards their conflicting claims on th South China Sea islands, reefs and rocks. The meeting between President Aquino and Chinese President Xi Jinping may have lowered the tension […]

December 11, 2014  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Malaya  No Comments

China: UN tribunal has no jurisdiction on case filed by PH

By Ellen Tordesillas, VERA Files China insisted Sunday that the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal has no jurisdiction on the complaint filed by the Philippines seeking to declare null and void the nine-dash line on China’s maps. China’s 27-page position paper, posted on the website of its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, came eight days before the […]

December 8, 2014  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Vera Files  4 Comments

Will China withdraw from UNCLOS if UN court decides in favor of PH?

The possibility of China pulling out of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea has been mentioned in informal discussions among foreign affairs experts and observers but it was the first time that a Chinese scholar said it in public. Shen Dingli, speaking to reporters after his speech in a forum “What […]

December 10, 2013  Tags: ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, South China Sea  10 Comments

After China snub, what now?

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 […]

February 3, 2013  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Foreign Affairs, Vera Files  153 Comments