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How the Philippines formally claimed the Spratlys
« on: November 12, 2017, 02:44:56 PM »
The Philippine claim to the Spratlys, which it calls the Kalayaan Island Group, is defined in Presidential Decree No. 1596 which was signed into law in June 11, 1978 — a period of martial law in the Philippines which gave the Office of the President the power to legislate. The boundaries defined in the decree appear below:



The full text of the decree is available below, c/o of the Chan Robles virtual library:

http://www.chanrobles.com/presidentialdecrees/presidentialdecreeno1596.html

PRESIDENTIAL DECREE NO. 1596

PRESIDENTIAL DECREE NO. 1596 – DECLARING CERTAIN AREA PART OF THE PHILIPPINE TERRITORY AND PROVIDING FOR THEIR GOVERNMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

WHEREAS, by reason of their proximity the cluster of islands and islets in the South China Sea situated within the following:

KALAYAAN ISLAND GROUP

From a point [on the Philippine Treaty Limits] at latitude 7º40′ North and longitude 116º00 East of Greenwich, thence due West along the parallel of 7º40′ N to its intersection with the meridian of longitude 112º10′ E, thence due north along the meridian of 112º10′ E to its intersection with the parallel of 9º00′ N, thence northeastward to the intersection of parallel of 12º00′ N with the meridian of longitude 114º30′ E, thence, due East along the parallel of 12º00′ N to its intersection with the meridian of 118º00′ E, thence, due South along the meridian of longitude 118º00′ E to its intersection with the parallel of 10º00′ N, thence Southwestwards to the point of beginning at 7º40′ N, latitude and 116º00′ E longitude.

are vital to the security and economic survival of the Philippines;

WHEREAS, much of the above area is part of the continental margin of the Philippine archipelago;

WHEREAS, these areas do not legally belong to any state or nation but, by reason of history, indispensable need, and effective occupation and control established in accordance with the international law, such areas must now deemed to belong and subject to the sovereignty of the Philippines;

WHEREAS, while other states have laid claims to some of these areas, their claims have lapsed by abandonment and can not prevail over that of the Philippines on legal, historical, and equitable grounds.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers in me vested by the Constitution, do hereby decree as follows:

Section 1.    The area within the following boundaries:

KALAYAAN ISLAND GROUP

From a point [on the Philippine Treaty Limits] at latitude 7º40′ North and longitude 116º00′ East of Greenwich, thence due West along the parallel of 7º40′ N to its intersection with the meridian of longitude 112º10′ E, thence due north along the meridian of 112º10′ E to its intersection with the parallel of 9º00′ N, thence northeastward to the intersection of parallel of 12º00′ N with the meridian of longitude 114º30′ E, thence, due East along the parallel of 12º00′ N to its intersection with the meridian of 118º00′ E, thence, due South along the meridian of longitude 118º00′ E to its intersection with the parallel of 10º00′ N, thence Southwestwards to the point of beginning at 7º40′ N, latitude and 116º00′ E longitude;

including the sea-bed, sub-soil, continental margin andr space shall belong and be subject to the sovereignty of the Philippines. Such area is hereby constituted as a distinct and separate municipality of the Province of Palawan and shall be known as “Kalayaan.”

Section 2.    Pending the election of its regular officials and during the period of emergency declared in Proclamation No. 1081, and unless earlier provided by law, the administration and government of the area shall be vested in the Secretary of National Defense or in such officers of the Civil government or the Armed Forces of the Philippines as the President may designate.

Section 3.    This Decree shall take effect immediately.

Done in the City of Manila, this 11th day of June, in the year of Our Lord, nineteen hundred and seventy-eight.


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