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File resolution before UN asking for South China Sea demilitarization, Philippines President urged by Ben Rosario September 01,2020   |  Source: Manila Bulletin

The Philippines may be an underdog in the ongoing territorial dispute in the South China Sea but can be expected to win the support of the United Nations if President Duterte will appeal for UN intervention for the demilitarization of the dispute area.

House Deputy Minority Leader and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate aired this optimism as he urged Duterte to heed the advise of former Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio to file a resolution asking the UN to supervise complete demilitarization of the South China Sea.

“It is almost certain that majority of the UN members will vote for the complete demilitarization of the South China Sea recognizing that China threatens international peace with its military expansionism in the region and will not allow for a peaceful resolution of the dispute if it maintains military superiority in the South China Sea,” said Zarate.

Zarate, together with Bayan Muna chairman Neri Colmentares, said the Carpio proposal is an appeal for a peaceful resolution of the territorial dispute amid China’s alleged continued bullying tactics on Philippines and other countries laying claim over areas of the oil-rich sea.

“We strongly support the move of former acting Supreme Court Chief Justice Antonio Carpio that the


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