Sunday, 24 July 2016 Brussels Belgium
Sec. Yasay meets HRVP Mogherini
Sunday, 17 July 2016 08:19    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail


17 July 2016 – Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr. met with the European Union High Representative and Vice President of the European Commission (HR/VP) Federica Mogherini at the sidelines of the 11th ASEM Summit in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on July 16.

HR/VP Mogherini, who is Secretary Yasay’s counterpart, acts as EU foreign minister. The meeting between the two ministers was the occasion to exchange views on issues of common interest and concern between the Philippines and the EU, such as regional peace and security, Mindanao peace and development, and bilateral agreements.

Following the award of the arbitral tribunal on the merits of the Philippine case on the South China Sea, HR/VP Mogherini referred to the official statement conveying the EU position issued on 15 July 2016. Both Ministers agreed on the need for peaceful settlement of disputes, respect for international law, and the upholding of freedom of navigation and overflight. HR/VP Mogherini also remarked that the Philippines’ immediate call for calm was the right and wise approach.

On Mindanao, Secretary Yasay expressed appreciation for the EU’s continued valuable support for peace and development. They also remarked that bilateral relations between the Philippines and the EU are strengthening as evidenced by the expected entry into force soon of the PH-EU Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) and the ongoing negotiations on the PH-EU Free Trade Agreement.

The meeting ended with both ministers expressing their desire to continue to conduct high-level bilateral meetings either in Manila, Brussels, or at the sidelines of other international meetings such as in ASEAN. END

Last Updated ( Monday, 18 July 2016 08:01 )
EU Statement on Arbitration Award
Friday, 15 July 2016 11:06    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail


The European Union and its Member States, as contracting parties to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), acknowledge the Award rendered by the Arbitral Tribunal, being committed to maintaining a legal order of the seas and oceans based upon the principles of international law, UNCLOS, and to the peaceful settlement of disputes.

The EU does not take a position on sovereignty aspects relating to claims. It expresses the need for the parties to the dispute to resolve it through peaceful means, to clarify their claims and pursue them in respect and in accordance with international law, including the work in the framework of UNCLOS.

The EU recalls that the dispute settlement mechanisms as provided under UNCLOS contribute to the maintenance and furthering of the international order based upon the Rule of Law and are essential to settle disputes.

The EU also underlines the fundamental importance of upholding the freedoms, rights and duties established in UNCLOS, in particular the freedoms of navigation and overflight.

The EU supports the swift conclusion of talks aiming at an effective Code of Conduct between ASEAN and China implementing the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea.

Recalling its Statement of 11 March 2016, the EU calls upon the parties concerned to address remaining and further related issues through negotiations and other peaceful means and refrain from activities likely to raise tensions. As a member of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and as a High Contracting Party to the 1976 Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in South East Asia, the EU also wishes to "foster cooperation in the furtherance of the cause of peace, harmony, and stability in the region". The EU therefore stands ready to facilitate activities which help to build confidence between the parties concerned.

While underlining the importance of all States working together to protect the marine ecosystem already endangered by the intensification of maritime traffic and dredging, the EU and its Member States will continue to organise High Level Dialogues on Maritime Security Cooperation and the exchange of best practices on joint management and development of shared resources, such as fisheries, as well as on capacity-building measures.

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 July 2016 11:10 )
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 07:13    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail

12 July 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.

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.

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 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.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 July 2016 07:16 )
Statements of EU officials on the Arbitration Ruling
Thursday, 14 July 2016 15:05    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail
  • Statement of President Donald Tusk relative to the arbitration decision on the South China Sea contained in his remarks at the EU-China summit in Beijing

"Finally, on the South China Sea we will see an important ruling today. Therefore let me repeat this: The rule-based international order is in our common interest and both China and the EU have to protect it, as this is in our people's best interest."


  • Statement of HRVP Federica Mogherini relative to the arbitration decision on the South China Sea contained in her speech at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, China.

"And so I come to a third priority, beyond managing crises and working for resilience: it is working for a better global governance based on multilateralism and on international law. Beijing is a crucial interlocutor towards a more multilateral and cooperative world order. We see it every day, being a crucial permanent member of the UN Security Council. I saw it first-hand during the negotiations with Iran and we are close to the one-year anniversary of the Iranian deal we concluded on the 14th July last year, with a key contribution of China not only in reaching the deal during the negotiations but also on the implementation of the deal. And the lessons we learnt on that occasion and afterwards is that when all world powers cooperate towards the same goal, within a multilateral framework, within the international norms and rules, our potential is really immense. What was deemed to be impossible becomes true and implementable, because the deal was not only reached but after six months it was also implemented. So we only need to strengthen and deepen such cooperation at international level and multilateralism. To do so, it is crucial that we all respect our international commitments, implement the decisions that are taken collectively and abide by the same set of rules. This is why our European Union insists on the need to address all maritime disputes in a peaceful way and in full respect of international norms and law. A violation of global rules makes the entire international system weaker; it makes conflict more likely; and it makes the whole of us less secure.

This is why on the South China Sea the European Union underlines the fundamental importance of upholding the freedoms, rights and duties established in UNCLOS, in particular the freedoms of navigation and overflight, and why the European Union - as you probably know very well - does not take any position on sovereignty aspects related to claims on land and maritime space. The European Union does call upon the parties to fully respect decisions rendered by the relevant courts and tribunals and, in particular, we always invite our partners and friends to settle disputes in a peaceful and cooperative manner and avoid escalations that would be detrimental for the entire region."

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 July 2016 15:10 )
Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr., PHL Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Monday, 04 July 2016 14:02    | Written by mcgjr    PDF Print E-mail

Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Republic of the Philippines

Perfecto “Jun’’ Yasay, Jr. was appointed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte as Secretary of Foreign Affairs on 30 June 2016.

Secretary Yasay, former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman, was cited by Business Week Magazine as one of the “Stars of Asia” along with 50 other prominent Asian leaders, as being at the forefront of change and striving for a firmer foundation for Asia by mending a social fabric torn by crisis. He also received the EDSA People Power Freedom Award for his advocacy for transparency and the fight against corruption in government service.

Jun Yasay is an outstanding lawyer, with experience in both the Philippines and the United States. He litigated numerous corporate, civil, and criminal and immigration cases under the Philippine and American legal and judicial systems and in various quasi-judicial and administrative bodies. He authored numerous articles and commentaries on various fields of law published in US-based Philippine newspaper and magazines, and was a host of live radio broadcast in Metro New York, giving commentaries and counsel to program listeners with special legal concerns. He was featured and editorialized in various US-based Philippine newspapers, for successfully representing and championing the cause of Filipinos in criminal and in deportation and de-naturalization proceedings in the United States. He also served as visiting Professor of Law at the Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii.

A practicing lawyer specializing in Corporate Law and Securities Regulation, Jun obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from University of the Philippines, Bachelor of Arts, major in Political Science from Central Philippines University in Iloilo City and secondary education in Davao City National High School in 1961.

As a student, he extensively participated in several international conferences and seminars on leadership, world peace, refugee migration and development in the US, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

In July 1969, he was elected as the youngest Vice-President of the World Alliance of YMCA’s at the age of 23 in Nottingham, England.

Other awards and recognitions include the Gold Vision Triangle Award, the highest award granted by the YMCA of the Philippines for community service, particularly in the area of youth leadership, as well as the Domingo Bascara Leadership Award. The Davao Sun Star gave him the Dabawenyo of the Year Award in 1997, the Central Philippine University conferred on him the Distinguished Centralian Award and the University of the Philippines Law Class of 1972 also gave him the Outstanding Achievement Award in 1996.

He was also a Podium Speaker at the United Nations in Geneva Switzerland at the Experts Meeting on the Growth of Domestic Capital Markets, Geneva, Switzerland, 27 May 1998.

Jun is the author of two books, to date: Out of the Lion’s Den: The Travails and Triumphs of a Public Servant and Terminal Four: Corruption in America’s Only Colony in Asia.

Born on 27 January 1947, he is married to Cecile Joaquin Yasay. They have five children, Nino, Oliver, Richie, Raveena, and Stephanie.

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