MANILA, Philippines - The baselines law signed by President Arroyo that classified the Kalayaan Islands and Scarborough Shoal as a “regime of islands” is a “sellout,” detained Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV has said.
Radio dzBB’s Nimfa Ravelo reported Thursday that Trillanes said the the Philippines has no more choice but to accept it due to lack of time.
“The tragic part is, we have no choice but to accept it because of the approaching deadline. Otherwise, we would be forever disqualified from claiming our extended continental shelf (ECS),” he said in an article on his Web site.
The baselines bill defines the scope of the national territory in compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).