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YES, let us thank Noynoy Aquino's correct stance towards China re the West Philippine Sea disputes (despite his falling for lousy arrangements that came with the purchase of an old warship in 2013 and allowing too many Chinese mining operations in our soils).
But let us not forget Justice Antonio Carpio, who played a large role in leading the legal team that presented its arguments at The Hague, and the authors and sponsors of Republic Act 9522, the act which amended an old baselines law not compliant with the UNCLOS.
But the arguments were already there, weren't they, collectively shaped by various discussants (historians, legal experts, etc.) from a long way back to the recent. Thank you, All. [S / -I]