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by wkipilipinas
on 13/12/16
2016 WikiPinoy of the Year Nominee: Albert del Rosario: A Filipino diplomat. He was the Secretary of Department of Foreign Affairs from 2011 to 2016. In surveys conducted by the Social Weather Stations and the Makati Business Club, the DFA has consistently ranked as one of the top government agencies in terms of efficiency and effectiveness under his leadership.

Also under his watch, the Philippines filed a historic case against China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). He led the filing of the Philippine government arbitration case that challenged the validity of China's sprawling territorial claims in the South China Sea. It sought to clarify the territorial entitlements of certain Chinese-occupied features under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas, or UNCLOS. The arbitration court in The Hague, Netherlands ruled in favor of the Philippines and invalidated China’s historical claim over nearly 90 percent of the waters. South China Sea has vital sealanes and is home to rich oil and gas and mineral deposits.