Philippines seeks speedy UN ruling on sea dispute with China
Published on Jun 19, 2014 11:51 AM
MANILA (AFP) - The Philippines said on Thursday it would ask a UN tribunal to expedite its appeal to declare China's expansive claims to the South China Sea invalid, as tensions over the contested waters worsen.
A formal request will be filed seeking a resolution on the case within the year or early 2015, foreign department spokesman Charles Jose said.
"We are consulting our legal team to present a request to the tribunal if it can hasten its process earlier, rather than later," Mr Jose told AFP. He declined to say when the request would be formally transmitted.
Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario separately said a speedier ruling was necessary "because the situation is getting worse by the day in the South China Sea".
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