- On July 12, the UN Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled against China’s claim of the “9-dash line”
- Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III plans on filing Resolution No. 6 to celebrate the efforts of former President Aquino and other members who played crucial roles in the ruling
- The Resolution also recognized the efforts of former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario
Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, who is projected to become the next Senate President, has filed Resolution No. 6 on Friday, July 22, lauding former President Benigno Aquino III and the Philippine delegation for their win in the UN Permanent Court of Arbitration against China.
The resolution seeks to commend Aquino and also former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Supreme Court Associate Justices Antonio Carpio and Francis Jardeleza, and former Solicitor General Florin Hilbay for their incredible work in the landmark decision.
However, Resolution No. 6 did not include Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Philippine Consul General Henry Bensurto Jr who are also considered by government insiders to have made major contributions to the win at The Hague.
Pimentel, who is an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, said that the historic triumph was only made possible with “the vision, foresight, diligence, and courage” of outgoing President Aquino. In fact, Pimentel, who is eyeing the Senate Presidency, gave credit to Aquino for making the “critical decision” of filing the case at the international tribunal.
“It is just fitting and right that the Philippine Senate should recognize the heroic efforts made by those involved in achieving the historic legal victory over areas in the West Philippine Sea,” the Senator said.
Lately, the roles of Justice Jardeleza and former Solicitor General Hilbay are being questioned since they originally opposed the inclusion of the Itu Aba issue in the case filed by the Philippines.
On July 12, 2016, the UN tribunal ruled in favor of the Philippines, stating that China had no legal basis on their claims to the “9-dash line.” Furthermore, the court ruled that the features within the Spratly Islands, which China claims as sovereign territory, are considered rocks and therefore do not produce an exclusive economic zone or continental shelf. - Kami Media