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FULL TEXT: DFA Secretary Yasay statement on West PH Sea ruling

/ 05:46 PM July 12, 2016
May 29, 2016 Memorial Day- Former President Fidel V. Ramos with Former Security and Exchange Commission Chair Perfecto Yasay, who just recently accepted Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte's offer to be the new DFA Secretary attends the Memorial Day ceremony at the Manila American cemetary in Taguig where more than 17,000 soldiers are buried. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Statement of Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay on the West Philippine Sea arbitration case
The Republic of Philippines v. The People’s Republic of China
Department of Foreign Affairs, Pasay City | July 12, 2016

The Philippines welcomes the issuance today, 12 July 2016, of the Award by the Arbitral Tribunal constituted by the Permanent Court of Arbitration under Annex VII of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the arbitration proceedings initiated by the Philippines with regard to the South China Sea.

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Our experts are studying the Award with the care and thoroughness that this significant arbitral outcome deserves. In the meantime, we call on all those concerned to exercise restraint and sobriety.

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The Philippines strongly affirms its respect for this milestone decision as an important contribution to ongoing efforts in addressing disputes in the South China Sea.

The Philippines strongly affirms its respect for this milestone decision as an important contribution to ongoing efforts in addressing disputes in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). The decision upholds international law, particularly the 1982 UNCLOS.

The Philippines reiterates its abiding commitment to efforts to pursue the peaceful resolution and management of disputes with a view to promoting and enhancing peace and stability in the region.

SOURCE: DFA

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