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Maritime Law of the Philippines

Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila de Lima said on Monday she is set to meet with officials of the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) for the review of the country’s Maritime Law.

The OSG is an attached agency of the DOJ.

This is the action taken by De Lima on the directive of President Benigno S. Aquino III for the review of the Maritime Law in order to come up with the official position of the country in filing its argument before the international court concerning the Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal issue.

De Lima said that one of the considerations they will look into is whether or not a complaint will prosper even without the consent of the People’s Republic of China (PROC).

It can be recalled that China did not agree to bring up the dispute in the Scarborough Shoal before the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS).

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