Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has warned of potential repercussions should the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (Unclos) decide that it has no jurisdiction on the case filed by the Philippines over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute against China.
“If we don’t apply the Unclos, the constitution for the ocean and seas of our planet cannot also apply to any maritime dispute in the rest of the oceans and seas of the world,” he said at a forum sponsored by the Department of National Defense on the West Philippine Sea at Camp Aguinaldo on Wednesday.
“It will be the beginning of the end of Unclos. The rule of naval canon will prevail in the oceans and seas of our planet. There will be a naval arms race among coastal countries. It is happening now, just imagine if the tribunal says we don’t have jurisdiction, the nine-dash line is valid,” he added.