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January 14, 2021

Two Int’l Treaties for Senate Concurrence: Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III presides over the Committee on Foreign Affairs virtual hearing Thursday, January 14, 2021, on the two international agreements for concurrence of the Senate. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, according to Pimentel, is a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading to their total elimination, and was signed by the Philippines on September 20 2017. The instrument of ratification was sent by the President to the Senate on November 18, 2020. “It is also worth mentioning that the Philippines has been a party to the Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Tests in the Atmosphere, in Outer Space and Underwater, which was signed on August 5, 1963 and ratified by the Philippines on October 11, 1965, as well as the Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons signed in Washington, D.C. on July 1, 1968 and ratified by the Philippines on June 28, 1972, and other conventions and weapons of mass destruction, including bacteriological biological toxin and other chemical weapons,” Pimentel said. The second international agreement, the Convention on Temporary Admission (CTA), was signed more than three decades ago. The senator said the document used under this convention is ATA Carnet or "Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission," an international customs and temporary export-import document. It is used to clear customs in 87 countries and territories without paying duties and import taxes on merchandise that will be re-exported within 12 months. (Screen grab/Senate PRIB)