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Message at the Second Manila Conference on the South China Sea

4 August 2016,
Manila Hotel
Distinguished Speakers, Esteemed Participants, Good Afternoon!
Let me first congratulate the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) for organizing this Second Manila Conference on the South China Sea. This could not have come at a better time as it follows the triumph of our country in the arbitration case against China over the West Philippine Sea.
Now I move on to my task of officially closing this two-day event. I am thankful to Prof. Charmaine Misalucha-Willoughby for providing a succinct summary of the conference proceedings.
My humble contribution to the already rich discussions will be my thoughts on the role of …

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