On July 7 to 13, the Philippines argues its historic case versus China before a UN Arbitral Tribunal in The Hague. The core issue to be resolved is: does the Arbitral Tribunal have jurisdiction over the maritime dispute?
In the hearing, a top-level delegation will represent the Philippines. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and Solicitor General Florin Hilbay will read prepared statements while counsels, led by Paul Reichler, will undertake the oral arguments. Reichler, of the US law firm Foley Hoag, has a long experience in international arbitration, taking countries like the US and UK to court.
Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio, who has extensively studied and lectured on the historical roots and legal dimensions of the South China Sea dispute, will join the team as resource person.
But the hearing will be unusual. The seats meant for China will be empty and silence will meet the presentation of the Philippines. For China is acting belligerently, refusing to participate in the proceedings.
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