On July 12, 2016, the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), issue a decision that directly favor the Philippines against China over the case of disputed island over the West Philippine Sea (WPS).
Over the years China, Philippines and some neighboring countries are keep on fighting their rights and sovereignty over some disputed islands in the South China Sea or WPS.
Finally, after more than 3 years of process the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) release a unanimous decision, saying that there is no historic basis on the “nine- dash line” on the claims of China in the South China Sea which also occupy Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the WPS.
China’s historic claims to resources between China and Philippines has no legal basis in excess of the rights provided for by the Convention, the historic claims is believed to be rich in natural gas resources that nearly occupy the entire Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Philippines.
The Tribunal also explain all the violation that China committed over the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Philippines. China violated the Philippines right in fishing in their own Exclusive Economic Zone, China build artificial island over the Philippines Exclusive Economic Zone, China’s illegal exploration over the Philippines Exclusive Economic Zone and allowing their own fishermen to catch fish over the Philippines Exclusive Economic Zone
Meanwhile according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Sec. Perfecto Yasay , the Philippines are already expecting that the decision of the arbitral tribunal will be highly favorable to us.
Sec. Perfecto Yasay, also said that despite the decision of the PCA, the Philippines is still open for bilateral or one- on-one conversation.
Now that the decision is already issue by the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal, will China abide the law? China has already express that any decision favoring Philippines will not be honor or follow by China days before the issuance of decision by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).