“The Philippines has sovereign rights over West Philippine Sea, as was formally ruled by the Special Arbitral Tribunal of the UNCLOS,” National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. said in a statement released April 24.
“As such, the President Duterte Administration will remain steadfast by this ruling. We will be resolute in our duty to enforce the country’s sovereign rights,” he added.
“Even as we pursue friendly and diplomatic relations with other nations, the Philippines’ sovereign rights remains non-negotiable. We will continue to assert our rights over the territorial seas, guided by the Arbitral award, the irreversible and permanent statutes of international law, including the UNCLOS,” he added.