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The South China Sea Dispute: A Legal Analysis of Military and Law Enforcement Roles – A Position Paper by the International Law and Relations Society of the Philippines (ISIP) submitted to the Senate 15Nov23

Download the PDF here: https://rigobertotiglao.com/position-paper-final-15-november-2023/

The International Law and Relations Society of the Philippines (ISIP), is an intellectual society composed of retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Reynato S. Puno, retired CG Admiral Joel S. Garcia, Dr. Melissa Loja, Prof. Romel Bagares and Atty. Al Soriano.

This position paper was submitted by ISIP to the Senate Committee on National Defense and Security, Peace, Unification and Reconciliation, Committees on Foreign Relations, Public Works and Finance and Special Committee on Philippine Maritime and Admiralty Zones, that are conducting public hearings on the West Philippine Sea.

This Position Paper by the International Law and Relations Society of the Philippines (ISIP) addresses the escalating tensions in the West Philippine Sea, particularly focusing on a recent incident where a Chinese ship confronted a Philippine vessel. The paper aims to guide the Philippine Congress in formulating laws to protect national sovereignty in the dispute with China.

The document explores the distinctions between military and law enforcement forces and their legal implications in territorial, maritime, and resource disputes in the West Philippine Sea. It emphasizes the importance of understanding these differences for effective policy-making and legal enforcement in international disputes, particularly in the context of the South China Sea. The paper seeks to provide a comprehensive legal perspective to support legislative and diplomatic efforts in these complex international matters.

Download the PDF here: https://rigobertotiglao.com/position-paper-final-15-november-2023/

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  1. Dorina S. Rojas

    Informative and interesting. Sen. Robin Padilla, often ridiculed by self-declared playing bright boys and girls, has every right to question the presence of US military planes during Philippine mission trips in the WPS. I hope the Senators read and understand this Position Paper before making decisions and reactions that rival the acting skills and prowess of Sen. Padilla when he performs in the movies.

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