It sounds not sweeter for the Philippine mango, when Chinese social media cry online to boycott the product in the country amid the ruling of the Permanent Court of Arbitration over the South China Sea dispute favoring the Philippines.
In the Weibo, renowned social media in China, trends the call to boycott the Philippine fruit that are famous over the Chinese market, following the verdict of International Tribunal on the sea row case.
Other Filipino netizens also commented online that the result of the tribunal should be honored and China must scale down its reclamation and invasion activities in the disputed region.
Meanwhile, the incumbent Philippine government spearheaded by President Rodrigo Duterte didn’t yet announced its comment in the issue and instructed the country’s Solicitor General to scrutinize the court’s decision before giving statement, but its Foreign Affairs chief Perfecto Yasay calls for “restraint” and “sobriety”.
The decision said, China breached the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) concerning maritime security and also did not recognize the legality of nine-dash line of the country that served as the basis of the claim.
The case was brought by the administration of then – Philippine President Benigno Aquino in 2013, when China canon water to the Filipino fishermen over the Scarborough Shoal, part of the disputed region, to the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands.