Centuries’ old map could boost philippines’ claim in South China Sea
A 300-year-old map will be submitted to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in The Hague as proof that the Scarborough Shoal or Panatag Shoal is part of Philippine territory.
According to a CNN report, the map is known as the Murillo Velarde map, originally called “Carta Hydrographica y Chorographica de las Islas Filipinas”. It was first published in 1734 in Manila by Fr. Pedro Murillo Velarde, a Jesuit priest.
According to CNN, the map could help strengthen the country’s arbitration case as it debunks the so-called nine-dash-line China has been using as proof of its claim.
In a separate report, The Philippine Star quoted Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda as saying that the map “would certainly present the side of the Philippines when it comes to any historical basis”. He also said the Philippines has a “strong” case against China, which is claiming virtually the entire South China Sea.