Guevarra: ICC suit vs China’s Xi filed to stress a point
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday expressed belief that the complaint by two former government officials before the International Criminal Court against Chinese President Xi Jinping wasn’t filed to get a favorable judgment.
Instead, Guevarra stressed the complaint was filed by former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales to “tell the world that there are still some Filipinos who are unwilling to defer further action to enforce the arbitral ruling.”
” I believe that the complaint was filed not with the hope of a favorable judgment by the ICC, but probably to impress upon China that if the Philippine government is not willing to vigorously assert its West Philippine Sea arbitration victory at this time, there are Filipinos who are unwilling to defer further action to enforce the arbitral ruling.”
“The complaint may also have been filed to stress a point: that our withdrawal from the ICC was a mistake, as this is one forum where enforcement action in the WPS may actually be sought. All of these notwithstanding, I trust that the President has the greater interest of the country in mind in pursuing his kind of foreign policy, and for that reason we ought to give him all the leeway and flexibility he needs,” Guevarra said.