2016 (Political Law) Bar Exam Questions: Question 17

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[a] Define the archipelagic doctrine of national territory, state its rationale; and explain how it is implemented through the straight baseline method. (2.5o/o)

[b] Section 2 of RA 9522 declared the Kalayaan Island Group (KIG) and Scarborough Shoal as “Regimes of Islands.” Professor Agaton contends that since the law did not enclose said islands, then the Philippines lost its sovereignty and

jurisdiction over them. Is his contention correct? Explain. (2.5%)

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