MANILA, Philippines – The arbitral tribunal handling the case filed by the Philippines against China concluded the first hearing on the maritime dispute between the two countries, a Malacañang official said Tuesday.
“Today, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague, Netherlands concluded the hearing on jurisdiction and admissibility of the Philippines’ claims against China,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a statement Tuesday.
The arbitral tribunal at the Peace Palace scheduled two rounds of hearing on jurisdiction and admissibility on the case filed by the Philippines.
The first round of oral arguments was held from July 7 to 8, when the Philippine side insisted that the tribunal has jurisdiction over the case. The country also asserted its environmental and fishing claims against China that have violated international law.
Valte said the arbitral tribunal deliberated on scheduling a second round of arguments, “conscious of its duty to assure parties of the full opportunity to present its case.”
“The hearing concluded with the second round of arguments conducted today for the Philippines to address additional and clarificatory questions from the Tribunal,” she said.