The Philippine Ambassadors Foundation Inc. (PAFI) has hailed the ruling of the UN Permanent Court of Arbitration on the Philippines’ case against China over disputed territories in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
“It [UN arbitral tribunal] has awarded the Philippines a sweeping victory on all the significant points raised by [the country] to the tribunal. The tribunal’s decision is now part and parcel of international law deserving the respect and observance of the global community of nations,” PAFI said in a recent statement issued through its chairman, Ambassador Lauro Baja Jr.
It cited members of the Philippine panel sent to The Hague in The Netherlands for presenting authoritatively Manila’s case before the tribunal.
The ambassadors foundation pointed out the important role that career officers of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) played in the building and crafting of the “landmark case.”