Statement of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs on the Scarborough Shoal issue, April 17, 2012

Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert F. del Rosario:
On the Scarborough Shoal issue

[April 17, 2012]

The whole world knows that China has myriad more ships and aircraft than the Philippines.  At day’s end, however, we hope to demonstrate that international law would be the great equalizer.

In pursuing a peaceful settlement of the Scarborough Shoal issue, we fully intend to humbly invite our Chinese friends to join us in the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).

The purpose of the exercise will be to ascertain which of us has sovereign rights over the waters surrounding Scarborough Shoal where Chinese ships are currently engaging in illegal activities within the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).