Duterte assures ASEAN of PHL commitment for effective WPS COC

President Rodrigo Duterte assured his fellow leaders at the 33rd ASEAN Summit Working Dinner at Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Center on November 13 that the Philippines will do its part to conclude an effective Code of Conduct (COC) for West Philippine Sea.

“The Philippines is prepared to do its part. In our role as Country Coordinator of ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations until 2021, we are committed to work with all concerned parties in the substantive negotiations and early conclusion of an effective Code of Conduct,” he said.

“We likewise reaffirm our commitment to the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea. This includes the peaceful settlement of disputes, the exercise of self-restraint, and the freedom of navigation and overflight in accordance with international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea,” he added.