SUPPOSED TO BE; PHILIPPINES WILL NOT CLAIM THE SPRATLYS BECAUSE IT IS PART OF THE PHILIPPINES. SPRATLYS IS WITHIN THE 200 NAUTICAL MILE EXCLUSIVE ECONIMIC ZONE - A LAW OF SEAS - UNITED NATIONS UNCLOS. THE PROBLEM IS THE OTHER COUNTRIES ARE INTERESTED TO TAKE OVER THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS IN THE WEST PHILIPPINE SEA, SO THE PHILIPPINES IS OBLIGED TO DEFEND ITS TERRITORY AND THERE IS NO OTHER WAY THAN TO FILE A CLAIM INSTEAD OF JUST GIVING AN ORDER THAT THE OTHER INVADERS WILL MOVEOUT. THE PHILIPPINES COULD NOT DO IT AS THE INVADERS ARE GIANTS
THE PHILIPPINES AND THE ARCHIPELAGIC DOCTRINE
Archipelago is defined as a sea or part of a sea studded with islands, often synonymous with island groups, or as a large group of islands in an extensive body of water, such as sea. (De Leon, 1991) In various conferences of the United Nations on the Law of the Sea, the Philippines and other archipelago states proposed that an archipelagic state composed of groups of islands forming a state is a single unit, with the islands and the waters within the baselines as internal waters.By this concept (archipelagic doctrine), an archipelago shall be regarded as a single unit, so that the waters around, between, and connecting the islands of the archipelago, irrespective of their breadth and dimensions, form part of the internal waters of the state, subject to its exclusive sovereignty. Despite the opposition of maritime powers, the Philippines and four other states (Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Bahamas) got the approval in the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea held in Jamaica last December 10, 1982. They were qualified as archipelagic states. The archipelagic doctrine is now incorporated in Chapter IV of the said convention. It legalizes the unity of land, water and people into a single entity The Philippines bolstered the archipelagic principle in defining its territory when it included in Article 1 of the 1987...