“I have always been, and will always be, a staunch advocate of promoting and adhering to a rules-based international order. The rule of law underpins the peace, security, and stability that we all experience today. It has also served as a great equalizer in international affairs, giving states an equal voice in the global community regardless of their political, economic, or military capabilities.”
These are but a few bold words that Amb. Albert del Rosario said in the course of his mission to uphold democratic ideals, freedom, and universal aspirations for co-prosperity and peace founded on the just adherence to the rule of law.
He is our hero that challenged China before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague which unanimously debunked the legality of its expansionist maritime claims in the South China Sea and confirmed its violations of the Philippines’ sovereign rights in its Exclusive Economic Zone.
ADR did not hesitate to assert our country’s rights as a free and sovereign nation and inspired the deep patriotic spirit of Filipinos to stand up for what is ours and to fight for what is right.
We have lost a great statesman whose ambassadorial career earned the highest level of distinction and respect in the global diplomatic community. His characteristically gentlemanly manner fuses with a forceful eloquence that effectively and clearly delivers his messages with authority and credibility. His skill, conduct, and integrity are the ideal qualities that we need from our governing leaders.
Let us pay tribute to a true and beloved patriot by continuing his legacy of honor and love for our country and helping shape a better society by collectively becoming a positive force ready to fight for our right to prosper as a nation and as a people.
Rest in peace ADR. Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute