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WATCH: Joint exploration with China akin to surrendering, says Carpio

"When we filed a case, the case was ongoing, China really wanted us to withdraw the case. And China made an offer," says Supreme Court senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio at a forum at the Asian Institute of Management on Oct. 14, 2016. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV

MANILA, Philippines — Supreme Court senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio recalled why the Philippine government refused to sign a deal with China after the 2012 standoff on Scarborough Shoal.

"You remember in the standoff with China in 2012, the Americans brokered that agreement... of a mutual withdrawal. We believed China would withdraw, so we withdrew but China did not withdraw. And that's why they're still there," Carpio said at a forum at the Asian Institute of Management on Oct. 14, 2016.

Carpio was one of the legal minds behind the winning arbitration case of the Philippines against the Asian giant over waters and features in the South China Sea.

In this video, the high court magistrate explains why China is likely to offer a similar deal to the Duterte-led government on joint exploration of the West Philippine Sea, part of the South China Sea that the arbitral ruling confirmed to be part of the Philippines' jurisdiction, and why the Philippines' own claims might be on the losing end.

In Brunei on Sunday, President Rodrigo Duterte, meanwhile, vowed to boost ties with the emerging superpower during his four-day state visit to Beijing later this week.

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We will stick to our claim. We do not bargain anything. We will continue to insist on what is ours,” Duterte told reporters at the Davao International Airport before leaving for a three-day visit to Brunei.

“I will be very careful not to bargain anything for after all," he added. — Video report by Efigenio Toledo IV; Text by Camille Diola

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