"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," Yasay said in a statement, published on the ministry's website.
The secretary added that Filipino experts were studying the decision and the related issues "with the care and thoroughness," and called on the concerned parties "to exercise restraint and sobriety."
The Chinese government refused to accept the Permanent Court of Arbitration's ruling, claiming that it was "null and void."