PH to include more ancient maps in territory case vs China


MANILA – The Philippines intends to submit more ancient maps to the United Nations arbitral tribunal to strengthen its case against China’s so-called Nine-Dash-Line map, the Foreign Affairs chief said on Thursday.

China has been claiming about 90 percent or the whole West Philippine Sea citing its nine-dash-line of its ancient map. “If you look at the historical maps and the maps you’ve seen here, for instance, Scarborough Shoal is very much a part of the Philippines,” Del Rosario stressed.

Scarborough Shoal is more than 500 nautical miles from China’s Hainan Island.

In an interview, Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said that this office will hold several consultations to see if the Philippine side can add more evidence to the Memorial or the written argument that has been submitted on March 30, 2014.

“We are going to review and revisit what we have submitted and see if we have to submit some more,” Del Rosario reiterated to journalists, adding that this would include more ancient maps that they may have missed before.

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