Robredo: PH sovereign rights in sea row ‘not debatable’

robredo ph sovereign rights in sea row not debatable

Sumary of Robredo: PH sovereign rights in sea row ‘not debatable’:

  • VICE President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenza maintained on Thursday that the Philippines’ sovereign rights over the Ayungin Shoal was “not debatable” and that China was “trespassing”.
  • Robredo and Lorenzana issued their statements separately but on the same day that political experts proposed that there may be a need for the two countries to go back to the negotiating table to resolve the territorial dispute over a portion of the South China Sea which the Philippines has claimed lay within its exclusive economic zone or EEZ.
  • “Ako, sinabi ko na ito noon, sinabi ko na rin ngayon: na iyong facts, hindi naman siya debatable.
  • Hindi naman ito subject to opinion kasi mayroon nang ruling—mayroon nang ruling iyong arbitral tribunal.
  • Kaya nga lagi nating inuulit-ulit na kung covered na siya ng ruling ng arbitral tribunal, hindi naman tayo kailangang makipag-debate (As for me, I have said this before and I will say it again: The facts are not debatable.
  • This is not subject to opinion because a ruling has been inssued.
  • This is why we repeatedly say that this is covered by the ruling of the arbitral tribunal that is why there is no need to debate about it),” Robredo, a presidential aspirant, said in response to a question during a media interview on Thursday in Cavite.
  • “Klaro na bahagi ito ng ating EEZ at mayroon tayong sovereign rights over dito.

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