Duterte to meet with US ambassador, lawmakers


Posted at Jul 19 2016 04:33 PM | Updated as of Jul 19 2016 04:34 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte and US Ambassador Philip Goldberg. Composite Image

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte will meet with US Ambassador Philip Goldberg on Tuesday, exactly a week after an international court ruled in favor of Manila's arbitration case against China.

A DZMM report said Duterte will also talk with a delegation from US Congress after his meeting with Goldberg at the Malacañang Palace.

The Philippines and the United States are bound by a decades-old defense treaty and the Southeast Asian nation, under former President Benigno Aquino III, turned to Washington to help deter Beijing's reclamation activities in the South China Sea.

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) last week found that China has no historic title over the resource-rich sea.

The tribunal also said the Asian superpower trampled on Manila's maritime rights by building artificial islands, destroying coral reefs and causing "irreparable harm" to the marine ecosystem.

China boycotted the PCA hearings, saying the court had no jurisdiction, and has reacted furiously, vowing to ignore the ruling and arguing that it misinterprets international law.

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Experts have urged the Philippines to ask help from allies such as the United States, Canada, and Australia in getting China to respect the arbitration ruling.

Malacañang previously said it will not use the PCA decision to taunt China, but will instead carefully study its next moves. -- With a report from Dexter Ganibe