‘Joint venture with China on South China Sea violates Charter’


MANILA, Philippines – A joint venture with China in the West Philippine Sea is a violation of the Constitution, according to a senior magistrate of the Supreme Court (SC).

“The language of the Constitution is explicit, that the exclusive economic zone is part of the national territory and that it should be for the enjoyment and exploitation exclusively of Filipinos…
Felep 1aWe cannot enter into joint development within the EEZ,” Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said in a recent interview.
EEZ stands for exclusive economic zone.

Carpio explained that while the government may enter into contracts with China or other countries, such contracts cannot be done through sovereign…

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