With the oral argument next week on the adjudication case the
Philippines has filed
with the arbitration tribunal over China’s
alleged violation of the code of conduct of claimant countries in the , the Department of
Foreign Affairs (DFA) reiterated the national government is positive it will
win. West Philippines
"We are quite confident that we will get a favorable decision both on the issue of jurisdiction and merits of the case," DFA spokesperson Asst. Sec. Charles Jose told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) exclusively on Tuesday at the Multi-Sectoral Forum on the West Philippines Sea Issue held here.
In 2013, the
lodged the case against
with the UNCLOS arbitral tribunal. It submitted its 4000-page memorial, its
written argument, on March 30, 2014, which it supplemented on March 16, 2015. China
The arbitral tribunal set the deadline on December 15, 2014 for
to submit its counter-memorial, but failed to do so. China
Jose said the
legal team, headed by
Solicitor General Florin Hilbay, will set to defend the case from July 7 to 13
at The Netherlands-based UN court. Philippines
"It will be more of an elaboration, clarification no'ng dalawang memorial na sinumite natin, but we will be more focusing on the issue of jurisdiction (… of the two memorial we submitte…)," said Jose.
would not heed on the UN court decision, in case it would favor the Philippines, Jose said: "It will be up to
the international community to convince that it would be to its best
interest to follow the decision." China
Jose furthered that China's shying away from the ruling will be counter-productive to its country as it may affect other foreign policy initiatives it will enter or have entered into.
"Let's say other countries will see
following the rules of the game, will they still play the game with someone
that does not know how to follow rules? China China
has very important initiatives – foreign policy initiatives – are they going to
allow this issue in the
to undermine that?” he asked. West
Jose said the court decision is expected to be announced between the months of January to April 2016.