Malacanang on Thursday noted that developments have been observed since the
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., in a Palace briefing, said that one of these developments was through the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
“The voices of the members of ASEAN have been heard and they have said that they would want to flesh out the document on the Code of Conduct on the Law of the Sea,” Coloma said.
According to him, the document has been dormant for more than a decade until the
Coloma further said that the
“This was the document that they released after meeting in
“All things considered, our advocacy of rules-based approach and respect for the rule of law has gained credence, has gained support from the region, and has also been affirmed by other countries such as the US and Japan that are not members of ASEAN,” he added.