Ang Malaya (Jan 13): In case ITLOS favors PHL: China will stop or lose face
“We have case at International Tribunal for the law of the Sea and once the body rules in our favor, we expect that this will restrain China from conducting any activities in the region or they will lose face before the international community,” Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesman Colonel Restituto Padilla said as quoted by PhilStar.com.
The AFP is currently limited on monitoring disputed territories in West Philippine Sea. Philippine government is expecting a decision within the first quarter of 2016.
Amid China’s aggressive behavior in West Philippine Sea, the AFP is shifting its focus from insurgents to territorial defense.
“We are expecting the delivery of several equipment. The main reason they were acquired is territorial defense,” Colonel Padilla said before 2014 ends. “We will use them as we gradually transition so we can include them in our doctrine. That will be our focus next year (2015).”
In said resolution, the BTC mentioned the circumstances related to the BBL that it submitted to President Benigno Aquino III and turned over to the leadership of both Houses of Congress in a formal ceremony at Malacañan Palace on September 10, 2014
The purpose of the BBL according to the said resolution are to establish an effective and efficient autonomous government in the Bangsamoro, and to undertake the processes of normalization, participation in the affairs of government and nation building, and the formation of genuinely principled political parties, in time for synchronization with the 2016 Presidential elections;
The proposed BBL when enacted by Congress shall address the needs and aspirations of the people in the Bangsamoro and consonant to the letter and spirit of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).