Monday, April 27, 2015   

Manila seeks quick ruling on suit with China
(06-18 19:58)

The Philippines wants an international tribunal to issue a decision as quickly as it can on a Manila complaint that questions the legality of China's massive South China Sea claims because the disputes continue to escalate.
Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said that the Philippines would ask its lawyers to petition the Arbitral Tribunal in the Hague, the Netherlands, to issue an earlier ruling after China said it would not get involved in the case, which should shorten the arbitration proceedings.
''I am hoping we could get something by next year ... because China is not participating and because the situation is getting worse every day in the South China Sea,'' del Rosario told reporters.
Philippine officials have said a tribunal decision may take three to four years.
The tribunal has given China until December 15 to submit written arguments and evidence against the Philippine complaint, but Beijing said it would not join the arbitration proceedings.--AP

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