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Unformatted text preview: f the State. However, applying the doctrine, even these bodies of water within the baseline, regardless of breadth, form part of the archipelago and are thus considered as internal waters. Q: Is the Spratlys Group of Islands (SGI) part of the Philippine Archipelago? ACADEMICS CHAIR: LESTER JAY ALAN E. FLORES II U N I V E R S I T Y O F S A N T O T O M A S VICE CHAIRS FOR ACADEMICS: KAREN JOY G. SABUGO & JOHN HENRY C. MENDOZA Facultad de Derecho Civil VICE CHAIR FOR ADMINISTRATION AND FINANCE: JEANELLE C. LEE VICE CHAIRS FOR LAY‐OUT AND DESIGN: EARL LOUIE M. MASACAYAN & THEENA C. MARTINEZ 5 UST GOLDEN NOTES 2011 A: No. It is too far to be included within the archipelagic lines encircling the internal waters of Philippine Archipelago. However, the SGI is part of the Philippine territory because it was discovered by a Filipino seaman in the name of Vice‐Admiral Cloma who later renounced his claim over it in favor of the Republic of the Philippines. Subsequently, then Pres. Marcos issued a Presidential Decree constituting SGI as part of the Philippine territory and sending some of our armed forces to protect said island and maintain our sovereignty over it. Q: Do you consider the Spratlys group of Islands as part of our National Territory? A: Yes. Article I of the Constitution provides: “The national territory comprises the Philippine archipelago, x x x, and all other territories over which the Philippines has sovereignty or jurisdiction, x x x.” The Spratlys Group of islands falls under the second phrase “and all other territories over which the Philippines has sovereignty or jurisdiction”. It is part of our national territory because Philippines exercise sovereignty (through election of public officials) over Spratlys Group of Islands. A: Yes. This doctrine also applies to foreign government because of the sovereign equality of all the state. Accordingly, immunity is enjoyed by other States, consonant with the public international law principle of par in...
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