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Written by Romel

February 25, 2013 at 6:57 pm

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Interlacements

For background on the current Sabah standoff, click here.

My initial thoughts:

sabahWhat the Philippines must effectively address in its claims to historic title over Sabah: the right to self-determination, which is customary and is subject of both erga omnes partes and erga omnes omnium obligations.

In his separate opinion to the Sovereignty over Pulau Ligitan and Pulau Sipadan (Indonesia/Malaysia) case before the ICJ in 2002, ad hoc judge Thomas Franck had this to say, in his rejection of the Philippine intervention:

“13. The independence of North Borneo was brought about as the result of the expressed wish of the majority of the people of the territory in a 1963 election. The Secretary-General of the United Nations was entrusted under the Manila Accord of 3 1 July 1963 with the task of ascertaining the wishes of the people of North Borneo, and reported that the majority of the peoples of…

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Written by Romel

February 24, 2013 at 5:32 pm

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After the China Snub, What Next?

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Yahoo News Philippines just published a piece I wrote for VeraFiles on the Philippines’ arbitral case against China over the two countries’ dispute over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).

Click here for the full essay.

Written by Romel

February 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

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