MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine embassy in Beijing advised Filipinos in China to be "careful" in the face of tensions due to the release on Tuesday, July 12, of a historic ruling on the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea).
"Nais paalalahanan ng Pasuguan/Embahada ng Pilipinas ang mga Pilipino sa Tsina na maging maingat sa mga banta sa inyong sarili o kaya'y mga ari-arian dahil sa kasalukuyang sitwasyon o usaping politikal," the embassy said in an announcement Saturday, July 9.
(The Embassy of the Philippines wants to remind Filipinos in China to be careful in the face of threats to their welfare and the safety of their belongings because of the current situation or political issue.)
The embassy reminded Filipinos to take the following precautions:
"Ang pag-iingat sa inyong personal na seguridad ay mahalaga. Umaasa ang Pasuguan sa inyong kooperasyon at suporta upang maprotektahan ang kapakanan ng lahat ng Pilipino sa Tsina," the Philippine Embassy said.
(It is important to be careful of your personal safety. The embassy hopes for your cooperation and support to protect the welfare of all Filipinos in China.)
The Permanent Court of Arbitration is set to announce a historic ruling on the Philippines' case against China on Tuesday. (READ: CHEAT SHEET: What you need to know about PH-China case)
China has rejected the case, saying that the arbitral tribunal has no right to hear the arbitral proceedings.
This case brought diplomatic ties between Manila and Beijing to their lowest point in history. Governments of both countries, however, stressed that "people to people relations" remained healthy despite the arbitral proceedings. (READ: Duterte fuels hope as PH, China mark 41 years of ties) – Rappler.com
Paterno R. Esmaquel II is a senior reporter leading Rappler’s coverage of religion and foreign affairs. He finished MA Journalism in Ateneo and MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at email@example.com.