Ex-SC Justice Carpio visits BU, speaks on West Philippine Sea sovereignty

Friday November 29,2019

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One of the greatest legal luminaries in the Philippines, former Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio graced Bicol University, and talked on the West Philippine Sea dispute last November 28, at the BR-FICC Amphitheater in Bicol University East Campus in Legazpi City.

The lecture revolved on the theme, “Defending Philippine Sovereign Rights in the West Philippine Sea”. Justice Carpio imparted his knowledge on the Philippines’ legal claims over the disputed maritime territories in the West Philippine Sea that is being contested by the People’s Republic of China.

“War is not an option. War has never been an option. Let us fight the battle legally, through the rule of law and public opinion,” Justice Carpio said.

The esteemed justice presented various documentary evidences, including verified and published geographical charts, which prove the Philippines ownership and debunks Chinese claims over the contested territories.

Justice Carpio also encouraged the Filipinos to continue resorting to the Rule of Law as embodied in the UNCLOS and stating that, “We are almost there,” in settling the issue with China.

The event was attended by students and teachers of various higher educational institutions, particularly the law schools, in the Bicol Region, including the University of Nueva Caceres (UNC), University of Santo Tomas (UST) Legazpi City, and Bicol College (BC). Justice Carpio’s presence in BU was through the invitation of BUCL Dean Atty. Hardy B. Aquende.

Representing BU President Arnulfo M. Mascariñas, who was in Belgium, the Justice was met by BU Vice President for Administration and Finance (VPAF) Atty. Joseph Bartolata, Vice President for Planning and Development (VPPD) Prof. Jerry Bigornia, Financial Management Division (FMD) Head Atty. Loyd P. Casasis and Legal Affairs Office Head Atty. Daryl Alfante-Redoblado.

The gathering was spearheaded by the BUCL College Student Council, in partnership with the Bicol University’s University Student Council and the BU College of Social Sciences and Philosophy’s (CSSP) College Student Council. (Suzene Cajegas and Julius Embile –BUCL)