MANILA, Philippines — American motion movie “Uncharted” was pulled out from Philippine cinemas on the request of the Division of Overseas Affairs (DFA) over a scene that featured a picture of China’s nine-dash line, the DFA mentioned Wednesday.
In a press release, the DFA mentioned Beijing’s nine-dash line declare within the South China Sea is “contrary to national interest.”
The DFA mentioned it requested the Film and Tv Assessment and Classification Board (MTRCB) to drag out the screening of the movie from cinemas within the nation.
In its response to the division, the MTRCB mentioned it had “ordered Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. to cease and desist from exhibiting the said motion picture, unless and until they are able to remove the objectionable scenes,” in accordance with the DFA.
“MTRCB further reported that Columbia has since complied with its order and has pulled out the movie from the cinemas,” the DFA added.
This isn’t the primary time that the DFA requested to ban the screening of a Hollywood film which has a scene that includes China’s nine-dash line.
“The nine-dash claim is contrary to national interest, which has been settled in the 2016 Arbitral Award,” the DFA pressured.
Manila and Beijing have been locked in a long-standing maritime dispute.
In 2013, the Philippines filed a case with the Everlasting Courtroom of Arbitration (PCA) at The Hague within the Netherlands difficult China’s sweeping declare of almost your entire South China Sea, together with components of the West Philippine Sea.
The PCA dominated in favor of the Philippines in July 2016 invalidating China’s nine-dash line declare. Beijing has repeatedly refused to acknowledge the ruling.
“The Arbitral Tribunal held that China’s nine-dash line has no legal basis as its accession to UNCLOS (United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea) has extinguished any of its rights that it may have had in the maritime areas in the South China Sea,” the DFA went on.
“China also never had historic rights in the waters within the nine-dash line,” it added.
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