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See you in court! Palace shrugs off Hilbay’s plan to file case vs. DFA

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Malacañang has shrugged off the plan of former Solicitor Florin Hilbay and other people to file a case before the Supreme Court to compel the Department of Foreign Affairs to reveal to the public the diplomatic actions it has taken regarding China’s militarization in the West Philippine Sea.

In a press briefing Thursday (July 12), Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Hilbay can file a case because the Philippines is a “free country.”

“They can file it and we will meet them in Court. I do not know what else they want but in my briefings, I go into some detail on what we have done,” he said.

In an interview over CNN Philippines, Hilbay said he and other individuals are considering running to the Supreme Court to compel the DFA to disclose details of the diplomatic protests it supposedly filed against China.

On the second anniversary of the Philippines’ victory against China in an international arbitral court, Roque said the administration has not abandoned its claims over disputed areas in the South China Sea.

Roque assured the public that President Duterte has not abandoned the country’s claim to the disputed areas at the West Philippine Sea.

“[W]e assure the public that on the second year of the anniversary, we will continue to assert what is ours while we move on with our bilateral relations with China,” he said.