AFP not expecting China to do anything violent should ITLOS ruling favor PHL

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is not expecting China to do anything violent should the ruling of the Hague-based United Nations International Tribunal on the Laws of the Seas (ITLOS) to be released Tuesday, favors the country.

For this reason, AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya sees no reason to raise the alert status of the military.

“There’s no need to raise alert. We don’t think China will take violent actions,” he added.

Earlier, a ranking Department of National Defense (DND) official said the Philippines comply with whatever the ruling of ITLOS will come out on July 12 regarding its maritime dispute with China.

“Whatever the outcome, the stand of the DND (Department of National Defense), is of course, we will follow what the international laws says, whatever (ITLOS’s) decisions, whether it is in favor of or against us, we will follow and we hope China will do the same,” DND public affairs service head Arsenio Andolong said.

“(And whatever the ruling), the President announced that he is willing to start to restart bilateral talks so we take our cue from there,” Andolong stressed.

The Philippines on 2013 filed charges against China at the ITLOS over its overlapping Nine-Dash-Line claims.

Source: The Philippine Information Agency