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We’re all in this together: Carpio asks PH to join ASEAN neighbors in correcting Chinese claims over South China Sea

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Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Antonio Carpio has called on Filipinos to join with citizens of other Southeast Asian nations in correcting China’s claims over the West Philippine Sea.

“We can call this present-day information campaign the South China Sea Truth Movement, a people’s movement using freedom of expression to explain the historical truth about the South China Sea,” Carpio said during his recent speech at the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication.

“We can invite the peoples of Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei, countries whose Exclusive Economic Zones are also encroached by China’s nine-dashed line, to join us in this Movement,” he added.

The magistrate lamented that since the 1940s China has been teaching its citizens it owns the South China Sea even without historical evidence to back it up.

He poinyed out China will not admit its mistake even after the Arbitral Tribunal ruled that its claim over 85.7 percent of its waters enclosed in the so-called nine-dashed line has no factual or legal basis.

As part of insisting its claims over these waters, Carpio cited that Chinese propagandists and trolls “spread with impunity fake history and fake news within our country.”

He added they “operate freely in Philippine social media, comment freely in Philippine online newspapers, and even take out political advertisements in Philippine print newspapers.”

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