[talk-ph] Treaty of Paris boundary
Eugene Alvin Villar
seav80 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 29 18:07:32 UTC 2013
I guess all of you know about the "treaty limits" boundary of the
Philippines. This was derived from 3 documents:
1. 1898 Treaty of
2. 1900 Treaty of
3. 1930 Convention Between the United States and Great
The question is, where the heck did we arrive at setting the northern
treaty limit at somewhere around 21.5°N? Looking at all 3 documents, the
closest thing we have is the 1898 treaty which says "A line running from
west to east along or near the twentieth parallel of north latitude". 20°N
is a far cry from 21.5°N. Note that the 20°N latitude actually excludes
Batanes and thus this was corrected by the 1900 treaty. However this 2nd
treaty does not say anything about moving any boundary lines but only says
that Philippine islands outside the 1898 boundary lines that were
controlled by Spain are given to the United States.
So what gives?
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