Palace adopts wait and see attitude on South China Sea row


AMID intense tension Malacañang described as “historic” the ruling to be issued Tuesday by the United Nations Arbitral Court on the case the Philippines filed against China over the territorial issue in the West Philippine Sea.

“We will have to wait for the final decision of the UN Permanent Court or arbitral court dyan sa Hague. And then once they have decided, then ang gagawin po natin ay pag-aaralan natin yung decision; and once napag-aralan ng Sol Gen, then that’s the time that we shall explore our next move,” according to presidential communications office secretary Martin Andanar when asked of the Palace’s expectations.

Andanar reiterated that Malacanang will study carefully and thoroughly whatever ruling the UN Arbitral Court comes out with, pointing out that the government will act accordingly based on the recommendation of the Solicitor General.

“It will be a very, very historic week for everybody. Magde-decision na po ang UN Arbitral Court at hintayin na lang po natin ang magiging decision. And kung anuman yung lalabas doon ay pag-aaralan po ng ating Solicitor General at from there doon po tayo mag-iisip kung ano po yung mga hakbang na dapat gawin ng ating pamahalaan,” Andanar said.