Statement of the Republic of the Philippines on the attack on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea

Statement of the Republic of the Philippines on the artillery attack on Yeonpyeong Island, Republic of Korea
[November 26, 2010]
The Philippines condemns the artillery attack by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Yeonpyeong Island, and is gravely concerned over the resulting rise in tensions in the Korean Peninsula. The attack constitutes a clear and flagrant violation of international law.
The Philippines commends the Republic of Korea for having demonstrated extraordinary restraint in the wake of the attack on the corvette ROKS Cheonan on 26 March 2010, and again in the wake of this unprovoked and overt attack. We call for the continued exercise of restraint.
The Philippines calls for an end to provocative actions that raise tensions and adversely affect peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and in the Asia Pacific region.
The Philippines strongly urges the DPRK to abide by its obligations under international law and the UN Charter, and to adhere to the Armistice Agreement of 1953, the Inter-Korean Basic Agreement of 1991, and the Declaration on the Advancement of South-North Korean Relations, Peace and Prosperity of October 4, 2007.
The DFA and the Philippine Embassy in Seoul are closely monitoring developments and reviewing the Contingency Plan to test its current validity.  The Embassy has started to coordinate with key agencies such as DFA, DND, DOLE, DSWD and DOTC to ensure the safety of Filipinos in South Korea and the DPRK. The Philippines calls for peace and seeks an end to the instability in the region.