Philippines tells tribunal: South China Sea case has world impact

MANILA, Philippines - The formal hearings on the South China Sea dispute started on Tuesday at The Hague, Netherlands with the Philippine delegation asking the United Nations arbitral tribunal to declare its jurisdiction to handle the case against China.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario urged the Arbitral Tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration should declare its jurisdiction over the South China Sea case because of its global impact. [READ MORE]