FORT DEL PILAR- The Philippine Military Academy Foundation Inc. (PMAFI) headed by CAV ANSELMO S AVENIDO, Chairman visited the Philippine Military Academy last November 21-22, 2015 with the intention of providing continuous development for the teaching personnel of the Academy for both military and civilian instructors. The Foundation commits yearly to the advancement of the Faculty and improvement of facilities. For the past five (5) years, PMAFI has been allotting an average of P5 million pesos yearly primarily dedicated for scholarship grants, research grants, lectures and seminar grants, facility improvement and equipment donation.
With the continuous support that PMAFI has been sharing with PMA in achieving its vision to be of International Standards by 2028, the Academy and the cadet aspirants are ensured of an opportunity for a more competent and knowledgeable faculty that the cadets can best learn from and are guaranteed of up-to-date facilities and learning equipment to prepare them in contributing to nation-building and winning the peace.
The Academy prides itself of having a pool of civilian faculty who will be 100% MA degree holders by 2018. Through the several trainings and scholarships sponsored by the foundation, having a 100% PhD PMA Faculty in the near future is not farfetched.
FORT DEL PILAR- A lecture on West Philippine Sea dispute was delivered by Hon Justice Antonio T Carpio, Senior Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, to the members of the Cadet Corps of the Armed Force of the Philippines at Lopez Hall of Leaders, Philippine Military Academy, last November 12,2015. The CCAFP was privileged to hear from Justice Carpio on the vital information on the country’s tedious battle against those who are claiming stake on a piece of our archipelago- the very land that the AFP had sworn to protect. The lecture provided an opportunity for the cadets to be fully enlightened and be aware on the dispute.
At present, all the claimant states are signatories of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, the current recognized international law on the dispute, and uses this as the basis for the Philippines' arbitration case. The UNCLOS allows for a more cooperative, coordinated, and shared enjoyment of the West Philippine Sea while the Nine-dashed Rule only serves the interests of China. The magistrate then explained that UNCLOS grants the Philippines a 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) where it can fish, and explore oil and gas. Under UNCLOS, parties can come to an amicable settlement even while the case is going on. The tribunal will be happy if the parties struck an agreement. “The policy under UNCLOS is there can be a voluntary agreement, a compromise before the decision is made, and that would be welcomed by the tribunal,” Justice Carpio said.
According to Department of Foreign Affairs, The oral hearing on the merits of the Philippines-China arbitration case under Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) will be held from November 24 to November 30, 2015, in The Hague, Netherlands. This will give a chance for the country to present its arguments and use UNCLOS to debunk China’s claim over the West Philippine Sea.
The Philippines' arguments revolve around the right to fish, as well as to exploit other resources, in the West Philippine Sea. China, on the other hand, is claiming the disputed waters using the so-called 9-dash line, a demarcation that is not found in UNCLOS. China asserts that the 9-dash line is based on its historical rights. Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio of the Philippine Supreme Court, however, says that even China’s ancient maps contradict China’s arguments.
China prefers bilateral talks to resolve the long-running dispute. One-to-one negotiations allow the Asian giant to use its economic, political, and military clout against smaller countries like the Philippines. The Philippines wants a multilateral solution, and eventually opted for arbitration. Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, and Taiwan also have claims to the South China Sea, a strategic waterway dubbed as an artery of global trade.
The command, through the leadership of LTGEN OSCAR P LOPEZ, AFP, Superintendent, PMA, thanked the speaker for sharing his expertise, helping the audience understand the Philippine’s position on the matter, putting into perspective the claims on the dispute, and helping the cadets understand the duties of military personnel as protectors of the country’s sovereignty.