MANILA, Philippines – Filipino netizens tweeted #CHexit (short for “China exit”) on Twitter late Tuesday afternoon, July 12, after UN arbitration court ruled in favor of the Philippines over China. The popular new term “Chexit” (inspired by “Brexit” which refers to Britain leaving the EU) symbolizes the Filipino’s frustration over China’s aggressive territorial moves in the South China Sea.
The hashtag became top topic on social media, shortly after the ruling was announced at about 5 PM, Tuesday.
— champagnepapi (@gelobustamante) July 12, 2016
The landmark rule is a testament of China’s dangerous aggression and non-abidance to this rule should have significant implications #CHexit
— Rae Emmanuel (@raefication) July 12, 2016
Get out CHINA! Philippines won. Whats ours will remain ours. #CHexit
— Joshua Velasco (@jfvelasco24) July 12, 2016
— Stacey Bellido (@stacey_bellido) July 12, 2016
Best exit of the year! #CHexit
— Nami (@renzellcruz) July 12, 2016
Even popular social media icon Senyora Santibanez (fictional character) tweeted:
Magbunyi! Atin ang West Philippine Sea! #CHexit
— SENYORA (@Senyora) July 12, 2016
On arbitration court ruling
Arbitration court has ruled that China’s claims have no legal or historical basis igniting the possibility of a new record of tension and confrontation in the region.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop issued a statement after the decision was released calling on the Philippines and China to abide by the ruling “which is final and binding on both parties.”
“Adherence to international law is the foundation for peace, stability and prosperity in East Asia, as it has for many years,” the statement said.
However, China’s Foreign Ministry comprehensively rejected the ruling, saying its people had more than 2,000 years of history in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), that its islands did have Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) and that it had announced to the world its “9-dash” map in 1948.
Neighbors Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have overlapping claims.
Photos: West Philippine Sea before and after
The UN tribunal also ruled that China had violated the Philippines’ sovereign rights by building artificial islands, converting reefs to military facilities causing “permanent irreparable harm to the coral reef ecosystem.”
Below are some photos, before and after China occupied the island:
PRESS RELEASE by PCA