FORMER Supreme Court justice Francis Jardeleza is proposing that the July 2016 ruling of the Hague arbitral panel on our territorial disputes with China be brought before the United Nations, this newspaper reported the other day — strangely the only one to do so.
Jardeleza echoed the insistence recently of former foreign affairs secretary Albert del Rosario – under whose watch we lost Scarborough Shoal because he believed a US diplomat’s lie* — that the Duterte government should also do the same.
Such a proposal is crazier than the Aquino government’s move itself in 2013 to drag China into arbitration proceedings over our territorial disputes, which the superpower refused to participate in.
If not for Duterte’s bold move — and Filipinos’ immense trust in him that his policy was largely unchallenged — to shelve the ruling of a panel dominated by Europeans, we would have been isolated in East Asia as the only nation hostile to the military and economic superpower in the region. Continue reading