Look: Calida was all smile before SC oral arguments on WPS case
Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday to defend the government during the continuation of the Supreme Court’s oral arguments into a petition for the issuance of a writ of kalikasan to protect and preserve the West Philippine Sea from Chinese intrusion.
It’s his turn to be interpellated. He expressed confidence during a brief media interview that the petition would be defeated.
Fishermen from Palawan and Zambales sought relief from the SC against what they called “neglect of performance of the duties of the government in violation of environmental laws resulting in environmental destruction of damage in the shoals.”
They said the government specifically failed to act on activities of Chinese fishermen in Scarborough or Panatag Shoal, Ayungin Shoal, and Mischief Reef or Panganiban Reef.
The group explained that Ayungin Shoal and Panganiban Reef are part of the exclusive economic zone where the country has jurisdiction, as declared by the 2016 decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. They said Scarborough Shoal, on the other hand, is part of the EEZ under Republic Act 9522 to the Philippine Baselines Law.