“It’s going to be very bad. It will be a disaster. Money that we are using now for education, infrastracture, and social services, will have to be reallocated to defense. And I think everybody loses here.”
In an interview on Esquire Magazine’s October edition, Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio says that an unfavorable ruling against the Philippines in the case filed before the UN Tribunal will send a grim message to the international community that “international law is not there to protect their maritime zones.”
The magistrate infers that if the UN Tribunal decides that it has no jurisdiction in the in PH Case vs China, the only way the Philippines can protect its maritimes zones is to “to buy warships, buy war planes, buy anti-ship missiles. Which means that there will be a naval arms race among coastal countries in the South China Sea.”
“The only way we can protect our maritime zones is to buy warships, buy war planes, buy anti-ship missiles. Which means that there will be a naval arms race among coastal countries in the South China Sea.”
Justice Carpio describes this as a worst-case scenario where no side wins.
At the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, Carpio has voiced out that “If UNCLOS does not apply to the South China Sea dispute, as when China’s nine-dash lines are allowed to gobble up the EEZs of coastal states as well as the high seas, then UNCLOS, the constitution for the oceans and seas, cannot also apply to any maritime dispute in the rest of the oceans and seas of our planet.”
He adds that, “It will be the beginning of the end for UNCLOS.”
“It will be the beginning of the end for UNCLOS.”