The Philippines first took claim of the then called Kalayaan Group of Islands in 1956. Two decades later, it was discovered that the place was rich in oil and natural gases. Ever since then, disputes over what we now know as Spratlys Islands heated.
Among all the Nations vying over the potentially wealthy islands, China and Vietnam had contested over it on several occasions resulting in sunken ships and countless deaths. Both claim historical rights over Spratlys dating who knows when.
Now, the Philippines is taking a stand. After all, based on the international convention on the laws of the sea, the country has rightful claim over Spratlys Islands. What can a poor country with scarcely enough resources on its own take on a super power nation whose economy is closely linked to its own? Continue reading