The Philippines expects a United Nations tribunal at The Hague on July 7 to 13 to rule in its favour in the dispute with China over territories in the South China Sea. China has refused to participate in the arbitration proceedings. The upcoming hearings will decide whether the tribunal has jurisdiction over the case. Foreign secretary del Rosario will lead the government delegation, assisted by US-based lawyers.Spokesperson:
We prepared a strong case. We believe we stand on strong legal ground. We believe the tribunal will look at our case with favour. We are confident of the Philippine position on this matter.