MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine solicitor general says the government will fight for the country's landmark victory in arbitration to be upheld when it talks to China about their disputes in the South China Sea.
Solicitor General Jose Calida disclosed the Philippine position on Friday. The position runs against that of China, which ignored the ruling and opposes use of the decision as basis for any negotiations.
The decision handed down Tuesday by the tribunal in The Hague invalidated Beijing's expansive claims in the South China Sea as sought by the Philippines based on a U.N. treaty that governs the world's oceans.
President Rodrigo Duterte has been more reconciliatory to China that his predecessor, Benigno Aquino III, who filed the case against Beijing in 2013, straining relations.