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They are hoping President Duterte would not bother to read about the hocus-pocus behind the ruling, seemingly gifted to him from his erstwhile enemy as a bedrock of Philippine diplomacy, or is it rather, a Trojan Horse, filled with foreign interests, and about to cost the Philippines, not just the 21 million Euros they had inexplicably spent to win a case against a party that had ZERO REPRESENTATION in the kangaroo tribunal, which itself was illegally convened to arbitrate a matter involving national sovereignty that Article 298 of UNCLOS had prohibited, unless consented to by all the countries involves, which consent was clearly absent in the case of China.|
The real cost of the bogus "ruling" made without due process, and without valid authority and jurisdiction, is more like 210 billion dollars of lost revenues from the sharing of the mining and fishing resources of the waters under dispute, which is 10,000 times the amount already wasted on a bunch of foreign freeloaders willing to write anything to please their payors.
In fact, now is the best time, and best chance, for the Philippines to get the most benefits from a bilateral negotiation. But if Duterte listens to his advisers turned kibitzers for foreign interests, then he would insist that what is clearly invalid be made the basis for a lasting and valid bilateral agreement, which is simply impossible to achieve under any scenario. Then, not only will he be unable to get China to agree to his advisers' precondition on behalf of their foreign backers, the Philippines would lose out on what would probably be the most magnanimous sharing arrangement that China will give to any country, including Vietnam, and regret it for all posterity.