According to news from online news portal of TV5, Philippines (J), the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Netherlands has decided to hold a second round of arguments on jurisdiction and admissibility of Manila’s complaint against Beijing over its claim over the West Philippine (South China) Sea.

Deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte, who is with the Philippine legal panel in The Hague, said the lawyers are ready to field clarificatory questions from the five-member arbitral tribunal on Monday, July 13.

“The Philippine side has undertaken sufficient preparation to ensure that the best answers will be provided to the questions expected to be propounded by the Tribunal during the second round,” Valte said in a bulletin he sent to Malacañang reporters.

Speaking over government radio on Saturday, Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda echoed Valte’s statement, saying the Philippine panel had extensively prepared for the legal skirmish.