July 12, 2016 / 9:40 AM / 3 years ago

Philippines urges 'restraint and sobriety' after South China Sea ruling

Demonstrators display a part of a fishing boat with anti-China protest signs during a rally by different activist groups over the South China Sea disputes, outside the Chinese Consulate in Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines July 12, 2016. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines’ foreign minister called for “restraint and sobriety” in the South China Sea on Tuesday after an international arbitration court issued a decision favorable to Manila and condemned by Beijing.

“Our experts are studying this award with the care and thoroughness that this significant arbitral outcome deserves,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Perfecto Yasay told a news conference.

“We call on all those concerned to exercise restraint and sobriety. The Philippines strongly affirms its respect for this milestone decision.”

Reporting by Enrico Dela Cruz; Writing by Martin Petty; Editing by Nick Macfie

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