Opposition personalities like Florin Hilbay, Risa Hontiveros, Kiko Pangilinan et. al has been trumpeting the PH win over China in the Permanent Court of Arbitration as a major triumph of the PNoy admin and the Philippines, comparable to David slaying a Goliath.
However, as former DFA Secretary Perfecto Yasay said, the PH victory over China in the PCA was a pyrrhic victory in actuality after spending $7-M to pay for the foreign lawyers but helpless when it comes to enforcing the PCA ruling versus China.
But that is not the only black eye for the PH!
According to the status update of retired broadcaster Jay Sonza, the PH was scammed by the PCA (Permanent Court of Arbitration).
Why? Because the PCA is not actually associated or affiliated with the United Nations?
You may read Sonza’s FB post below.
So I consulted Google and Wikipedia re Permanent Court Arbitration, this is what Wikipedia has to say and pay particular attention to the last line:
The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) is an intergovernmental organization located at The Hague in the Netherlands. The PCA is not a court in the traditional sense but provides services of arbitral tribunal to resolve disputes that arise out of international agreements between member states, international organizations or private parties. The cases span a range of legal issues involving territorial and maritime boundaries, sovereignty, human rights, international investment, and international and regional trade. The PCA is constituted through two separate multilateral conventions with a combined membership of 121 states. The organization is not a United Nations agency,  but the PCA is an official United Nations Observer.
Sonza added: Nakoko na, natanso pala sina Carpio at aquino admin. gumastos sa isang private court. kaya pala hindi kinilala ng china ang jurisdiction.
Pinoy Facebook netizens expressed their disgust at the PNoy administration in light of Sonza’s revelation.
Netizen JM Espedido can’t help it but rub this embarrassment to the faces of the opposition critics. and yet those lawyers and Hilbay was given a big sum of taxpayers money for a case that we won yet no one recognize. In short, an expensive “pieces” of paper
Norberto Cercado Patay tyo jan pati UN hindi pala kilala ang PCA. Hindi na talaga natuto ang mga dilaw puro fake news hehehe
Dan Steely Doesn’t have to be true… Just have to look like it is…
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