Solicitor General Jose Calida on Tuesday revealed that the lawyers of both petitioners and respondents have agreed to dismiss the writ of kalikasan petition aimed to protect the West Philippine Sea (WPS).
In a statement, Calida said that the fishermen petitioners and respondents agreed that the petition be dismissed by the Supreme Court following the continuation of the oral argument of the petition.
The Solicitor General noted that the decision was made during a “conference” following the suspension of the oral argument.
During the continuation of the oral argument on the petition, Calida submitted a “Pinagsamang Sinumpaang Salaysay” from 19 fishermen petitioners — wherein some of the fishermen said that they are “not in support of the instant petition.”
“At the outset, the Office of the Solicitor General hereby submits several Affidavits where Petitioners from Palawan and Zambales in effect withdrew their signatures from the instant Petition,” Calida said.
Following the submissions of the affidavits, the SC decided to suspend the oral arguments and invited the counsels for a “conference” in the en banc conference room.