#CHexit: Filipinos celebrate PH victory over China
MANILA, Philippines – Filipino netizens hailed the ruling of a United Nations-backed arbitral tribunal that favored the Philippines in its historic case against China in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). (READ: Philippines wins case vs China)
Shortly after the ruling spread on the Internet late Tuesday afternoon, July 12, #CHexit – short for "China, exit!" – started to climb as a top trending topic in the Philippines on Twitter. The hashtag became the number one topic on Twitter 15 minutes after the ruling was announced at about 5 pm.
Great job for the Arbitration Team for 3 years of hard work and winning the ruling on West PH Sea #CHexit— Kenneth Bastian (@onezeronine2) July 12, 2016
The landmark rule is a testament of China's dangerous aggression and non-abidance to this rule should have significant implications #CHexit— Rae Emmanuel (@raefication) July 12, 2016
Let me just repeat so that the others at the back may hear: WPS IS OURS!!! #CHexit! Stop raping our seas and plundering our resources!— K M (@KBOMolina) July 12, 2016
Get out CHINA! Philippines won. Whats ours will remain ours. #CHexit— Joshua Velasco (@jfvelasco24) July 12, 2016
The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) and other activist groups, which marched to the Chinese embassy in Manila on Tuesday to denounce China's 9-dash line claim, also praised the ruling.
Assert PH sovereignty
Sensing the less than euphoric statement from Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr, netizens also urged the new administration to stand its ground.
Yasay’s impotent and joyless statement on this historic ruling in our favor further fuels my suspicions that Duterte is pro-China.— J.P. Mercado (@jprmercado) July 12, 2016
Now that arbitral tribunal has given us back the rights to our EEZ, will DU30 and Yasay find a way to enforce our rights or kowtow to China?— Yusuf Ledesma (@yusufledesma) July 12, 2016
The law is clearly in favor of PH. Really hoping the current admin sees through this battle. We have to assert what is ours.— Crissel (@crisseltam) July 12, 2016
In a statement, Yasay said the Philippines “welcomes” the award, but urges concerned parties to exercise sobriety and restraint.
This ruling by an arbitral tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, comes after a 3-year process pursued by Manila but snubbed by Beijing. – With David Lozada/Rappler.com