Federalism Expert Lectures Florin Hilbay on EEZ "He is An Idiot and a Liar"


Florin Hilbay counters Pres. Rody Duterte statement regarding the Exclusive Economic Zone by referring to Republic Act 8550 and commenting with his own interpretation of the law.



Pres. Duterte stated that "No country in the world has a sovereignty sa kaniyang economic zone. It is not a questioon of sovereignty. Ang recognized lang 'yung 12 miles. We cannot drive them away because they have insisted na kanila." Duterte stated.



Florin Hilbay counters Pres. Duterte's statement by saying "RA 8550 specifically defines 'Philippine Waters' as 'all bodies of water within the Philippine territory... and all other waters over which the Philippines has sovereignty and jurisdiction including the 200-nautical miles EEZ."

The statement of Hilbay caught the attentions of Federalism expert and Singapore based political analyst, Orion Perez who even called Hilbay as an idiot and a liar. The idiot is misinterpreting the text of RA 8550.

The law merely states that the provisions of the provisions of the Code are to be enforced in "all Philippine waters including other waters over which the Philippines has sovereignty and jurisdiction" AND THEN ADDS "and the country's 200-nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and continental shelf."



Read the Complete Lecture of Orion Perez:

FLORIN HILBAY IS AN IDIOT AND A LIAR

The idiot is misinterpreting the text of RA 8550 by saying that "RA 8550 specifically defines "Philippine Waters" as "all bodies of water within the Philippine territory... and all other waters over which the Philippines has sovereignty and jurisdiction including the 200-nautical miles EEZ" in order to imply that the Philippines "HAS SOVEREIGNTY" over the EEZ, which is clearly not true.

He has clearly misinterpreted it!

This is what the text of RA 8550 says:

"Section 3. Application of its Provisions. - The provisions of this Code shall be enforced in:

(a) all Philippine waters including other waters over which the Philippines has sovereignty and jurisdiction, and the country's 200-nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and continental shelf;"

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People who have English as THEIR FIRST LANGUAGE (sorry, I'm in that group: My dad is Cebuano, my mom is Tagalog, so English was the neutral language they spoke to each other and to us kids at home, so English comes naturally to us) can clearly see that the text DOES NOT DEFINE THE EEZ AS BEING PART OF PHILIPPINE WATERS over which we have sovereignty and jurisdiction.

It merely states that the provisions of the Code are to be enforced in "all Philippine waters including other waters over which the Philippines has sovereignty and jurisdiction" AND THEN ADDS "and the country's 200-nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and continental shelf."

The original text actually treats the EEZ and continental shelf as being SEPARATE ENTITIES which are distinct from "All Philippine Waters including other waters over which the Philippines has sovereignty and jurisdiction" which is why it was separated with the conjunction "AND" instead of saying "WHICH INCLUDES."

The text did NOT say "including other waters over which the Philippines has sovereignty and jurisdiction WHICH INCLUDES the country's 200-nautical mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and continental shelf." There was no point at which the EEZ and continental shelf were being included under "other waters over which the Philippines has sovereignty and jurisdiction" because we simply do not have sovereignty over the EEZ. Our Sovereignty is only until the end of the Territorial Sea boundary which is 12 nautical miles from the territorial baseline.



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It is also very clear that HILBAY DOES NOT KNOW WHAT AN EEZ IS.

Whereas the Philippines has full jurisdiction and FULL SOVEREIGNTY over our Territory and Territorial Waters, we do not have sovereignty over our EEZ.

In fact, we do not have Sovereign Rights over the waters of the EEZ itself, our Sovereign Rights are to the RESOURCES, particularly those found within and under the Seabed.

We certainly do not have sovereign rights over the Surface Waters of the EEZ because the Surface Waters of the EEZ are actually INTERNATIONAL WATERS, as per UNCLOS!

How did such an idiotic fool with lousy English-language comprehension skills like FLORIN HILBAY become a Bar "topnotcher?"

Hilbay is destroying the reputation of the Legal Profession in the Philippines because he is forcing a subjective interpretation based on his own caprices, partisan preferences, and biased opinion, instead of understanding the objective facts based on what UNCLOS has defined!

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It's ironic that HILBAY is using RA 8550 to state his case when within the text of RA 8550, there is also Section 4, item 18 which states:

"18. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ. - an area beyond and adjacent to the territorial sea which shall not extend beyond 200 nautical miles from the baselines as defined under existing laws."

In other words, the EEZ is correctly being identified as being BEYOND and ADJACENT to the territorial sea. "Beyond," meaning OUTSIDE the territorial sea, and therefore outside our territory.

Are his English language abilities really that substandard? I don't mean to be elitist in terms of my having grown up with English as the language I feel most comfortable in, but Hilbay simply cannot function properly as a Filipino lawyer if he lacks facility in English because that is the language in which the vast majority of our laws and legal decisions are written in!

Source: Orion Perez FB Page


Federalism Expert Lectures Florin Hilbay on EEZ "He is An Idiot and a Liar" Federalism Expert Lectures Florin Hilbay on EEZ "He is An Idiot and a Liar" Reviewed by Phil Newsome on 6/29/2019 Rating: 5

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