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|Subject: Philippine Territory on 28 Sept. 1945 July 26th 2015, 1:06 pm|| |
President Harry S. Truman’s Proclamation 2667 declared the Spratlys integral part of the Philippine Territory on 28 Sept. 1945[/size]Posted on June 24, 2015In a WAIS post last 14 June 2015 entitled: “National Waters and International Law (Robert Whealey, USA,)”
Robert Whealey asked: “In reply to Bienvenido Macario (11 June), the international laws on the seas need an update by an expert in traditional international law. Are there any nations that claim 2, 4, 12, or 200-mile zones?”
My answer in the e-mail on Sun, Jun 14, 2015 at 9:20 PM:
Yes. Pres. Truman under Proclamation 2667 in fact made the first claim beyond the traditional 12 nautical miles (22.224 kilometers) from the shore on Sept. 28, 1945. At that time the Philippines was firmly a U.S. territory. Therefore even if today’s Washington DC politicians are unaware, the oil, gas and mineral rich Spratlys are in fact owned by the Philippines an abandoned US Territory that I have promptly claimed.
The 200 nautical miles claim was also made by Chile on June 23, 1947 & Peru on Aug. 1, 1947. Later in 1982 the UNCLOS (UN Convention on the Law of the Sea) formally adopted the 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone.
Attached is the map of the Philippines with the projected 12-nautical mile; 200-nautical mile and the Extended Continental Shelf at the theoretical 350 mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
This is the dispositive portion of Proclamation 2667.
” Having concern for the urgency of conserving and prudently utilizing its natural resources, the Government of the United States regards the natural resources of the subsoil and sea bed of the continental shelf beneath the high seas but contiguous to the coasts of the United States as appertaining to the United States, subject to its jurisdiction and control.
In cases where the continental shelf extends to the shores of another State, or is shared with an adjacent State, the boundary shall be determined by the United States and the State concerned in accordance with equitable principles. The character as high seas of the waters above the continental shelf and the right to their free and unimpeded navigation are in no way thus affected.”
Harry S. Truman: Proclamation 2667 – Policy of the United States With Respect to the Natural Resources of the Subsoil and Sea Bed of the Continental Shelf