Why so gloomy? Netizens disappointed with Yasay reaction to South China Sea ruling

David Lozada
Why so gloomy? Netizens disappointed with Yasay reaction to South China Sea ruling
A lot of netizens also notice how the foreign affairs secretary used South China Sea instead of West Philippine Sea during his press conference

MANILA, Philippines – Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Perfecto Yasay got the ire of netizens on Tuesday, July 12, after the Philippines won the controversial case against China on the West Philippine Sea.

#Yasay and #DFASec trended on Twitter, with many netizens feeling “disappointed” with Yasay’s reaction to the ruling.



A lot of netizens also noticed how the foreign affairs secretary used South China Sea instead of West Philippine Sea when he called for restraint following the ruling.



Some netizens even called Yasay a “party-pooper” because of his non-jubilant reaction despite the nationwide celebration. (READ: #CHexit: Filipinos celebrate PH victory over China)

“[The] Tribunal concluded that, as between the Philippines and China, there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources, in excess of the rights provided for by the Convention, within the sea areas falling within the ‘nine-dash line’,” a press release from The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) said on Tuesday.

Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said Cabinet members are preparing a summary of the historic decision for President Rodrigo Duterte. – Rappler.com

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