Filipino maritime expert digs up proof of Manilaâ€™s century-long jurisdiction over Scarborough Shoal Exclusive by RaÃ¯ssa Robles A Filipino maritime law expert has dug up a 1916 Philippine Supreme Court decision which shows Manila â€“ not China â€“ has had actual legal and maritime jurisdiction over Scarborough Shoal for at least a century. In contrast, China imposed its legal jurisdiction over Scarborough Shoal only this week by creating a law-making body to enact laws over Sansha City, which now includes Scarborough Shoal or Huangyan Island. China started imposing its maritime jurisdiction over Huangyan this year when it asserted the rights of its fishermen to fish in and around Huangyan. Dr. Jay Batongbacal, a University of the Philippines law professor, told me that the lawsuit decided by the Philippinesâ€™ top court in 1916 â€“ led by Filipino Chief Justice Cayetano Arellano â€“ â€œis clear evidence that we were exercising jurisdiction over the shoal and incidents on it during the American colonial periodâ€ in the Philippines.â€ â€œThis case is proof we are the ones responsible when it comes to shipwrecks on Scarborough,â€ he said. read more here: raissa robles | Is China wrong?