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TODAY IN POLITICS: (JULY 07, 2015) PHILIPPINES argued its case against CHINA

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Stephen Roan
Stephen Matthew S. Roan is a Global Affairs Columnist at Politixxx Today. He previously served as Editor-in-Chief of The Bedan Roar, the official student publication of San Beda University-Rizal SHS. He was also a former Vice-President of the Bedan Model United Nations and a Student Council Board Member. With a keen interest in global politics and affairs, and as an advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals, he is now part of a youth-led network in the Asia-Pacific - the 2030 Youth Force in the Philippines - which helps realize the 2030 Agenda. He is also pursuing his undergraduate studies at De La Salle University-Manila under the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies Major in American Studies degree program. You may reach him through his email: stephenmatthewroan@yahoo.com.

On July 07, 2015, the Philippine Delegation to the arbitral tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration has started to argue its case versus the People’s Republic of China’s claim on the disputed islands in the West Philippine Sea countering on China’s nine-dash-line claim over the region. A powerhouse team led by then-Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario was joined by then-Solicitor General Florin Hilbay and the Philippines’ lead counsel “giant slayer” Paul Reicher – an American lawyer who represented Nicaragua and defeated the United States before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). 

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