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The Senate on Wednesday approved a resolution endorsing the Philippines’ ratification of the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT).

Voting 16-0-6, senators passed the resolution, which stipulates the chamber’s agreement to President Rodrigo Duterte’s ratification of the treaty, which aims to eradicate the illicit arms trade.

Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Recto, Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri and Senators Ronald Dela Rosa, Christopher “Bong” Go, Grace Poe and Francis Tolentino abstained on the resolution.

The 1987 Constitution requires the vote of at least two-thirds of all members of the Senate for international treaties and agreements to be valid and effective.

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the ATT establishes common international standards to regulate the international trade in conventional arms and, in effect, combat the illegal trade in conventional arms and prevent their diversion into the wrong hands. .

The agreement was adopted by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on April 2, 2013, with more than 100 states parties to date.

The Philippines signed the treaty in 2013, the first Southeast Asian country to do so, Pimentel noted.

Under the ATT, states parties are required to take steps to prevent weapons from falling into the wrong hands.

States involved in the export, transit, shipment and import should cooperate and share information to mitigate the risk of diversion and take appropriate measures to enforce national laws and regulations implementing the provision of ATT, Pimentel said.

Countries must also develop export and import control systems for the trade in conventional arms.

The treaty prohibits the transfer of arms, ammunition, parts and components that would violate obligations under the UN Charter; the obligations of States Parties under relevant international agreements; and whether the items would be used in the commission of crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity, attacks on civilians or war crimes.

The TCA covers all conventional weapons such as battle tanks, armored fighting vehicles, large caliber artillery systems, combat aircraft, warships, missiles and missile launchers, as well as small arms and light weapons, including ammunition, parts and components.

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