Philippine Group Demands China Brings its Territorial Claims to the ICJ

A Philippine political group called 1Sambayan said China should bring its Spratlys territorial claims to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Saturday, March 30th.

1Sambayan claimed a ruling by a Permanent Court of Arbitration in July 2016 stated the Ayungin Shoal falls within the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

“Ayungin Shoal is submerged at high tide, outside the territorial sea of any high-tide feature, and thus forms part of the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Philippines,” 1Sambayan stated, defending the claim of the shoal belongs to the Philippines.

They also denounced the harassment of Philippine vessels resupplying the BRP Sierra Madre by the Chinese Coast Guard on March 23rd, as well as increased aggression by China in the West Philippine Sea.