Associate Justice gives lecture on the West Philippine Sea

By UA&P Alumni

The UA&P School of Law and Governance (SLG) recently held a Magisterial Lecture on the “Historical Facts, Historical Lies and Historical Rights in the West Philippine Sea” delivered by Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio, a known advocate of protecting and preserving Philippine territorial and maritime sovereignty.

Carpio gave SLG students a primer on the issues surrounding the Philippines’ dispute with China over the Spratly Islands, and explained the nuances and historical context of the countries’ claims of sovereignty over the the West Philippine Sea (also known as the South China Sea). With the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal expected to make a ruling on the matter in the near future, Carpio said that a favorable decision for the Philippines—which has a rightful historical and legal claim over the Spratlys—would gain international support as it would also benefit neighboring countries Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and Indonesia.

Echoing his recent appearance before the Senate, he also said that the Philippines needs to have government institutions to watch over and protect the country’s maritime zones. (Read more: “Carpio briefs senators on West Philippine Sea dispute” – CNN Philippines)

The Associate Justice has given several lectures here and abroad on the dispute over West Philippine Sea. Aside from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, Carpio has visited a number of institutions in Germany, France, The Hague, and Belgium to deliver a series of lectures on the topic. In a speech he gave last year, he said that “The Philippines is fighting a legal battle not only for itself but also for all mankind cialis super active. A victory for the Philippines is a victory for all States, coastal and landlocked, that China has shut out of the global commons in the South China Sea.”

Carpio was the first appointee of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to the Philippine Supreme Court after her assumption into office in January 2001. At 52, he was one of the youngest ever appointees to the Supreme Court. Currently, he is the Chair of the Court’s Second Division and Chair of the Senate Electoral Tribunal. He also heads the High Court’s Committee on the Revision of the Rules of Court.