'Take it off the shelf': Del Rosario eyes options to move arbitral tribunal ruling forward


Posted at Jun 27 2019 01:57 PM

MANILA - Former foreign affairs secretary Albert del Rosario on Thursday said they are exploring other options on how to reinforce their position to move the arbitral tribunal ruling forward.

Del Rosario said Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio suggested going after Chinese assets in countries who have signed on United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), the international treaty that defines the rights and responsibilities of nations with respect to their use of the world's oceans and the management of marine natural resources.

"Another way that I would suggest is go to the UN general assembly and seek a resolution for getting China to comply with the tribunal outcome," said Del Rosario.

The Philippines in 2016 defeated China in a United Nations-backed arbitral tribunal, which invalidated Beijing’s historic rights to resources within a so-called "nine-dash line" in the entire South China Sea.

However, China has ignored the ruling and insists it has sovereignty over the waters. 

President Rodrigo Duterte has set aside the ruling for better economic ties with China.

"Take it off the shelf because many countries then when the outcome had first been released to the public, they did not expect it that we will shelf it," said Del Rosario.

The former cabinet official said many allies were disappointed because "we did not do what were supposed to do."

"These are one or two suggestions...there are many more. We do have recourse. Let's use that recourse before its too late. Right now there's still time to do it," he said.