Aquino 'optimistic' ASEAN summit will yield West PHL Sea code of conduct

President Benigno Aquino III is "optimistic" that the upcoming Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Brunei will yield a unified code of conduct on the West Philippine (South China) Sea, one of his spokespersons said Tuesday. Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said Aquino will push for the crafting of the code in the ASEAN summit, which will be held on Wednesday and Thursday in Brunei's capital city, Bandar Seri Begawan. "We're optimistic that we will see progress because of the 22nd summit... Because may bago nang chairman doon sa ASEAN, mag-iiba na rin 'yung priorities," Valte said at a press briefing on Tuesday afternoon. The ASEAN is a regional organization composed of the Philippines, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. During its last summit, the ASEAN failed for the first time to issue a joint communique, supposedly due to resistance from Cambodia, which chaired last year's meeting. Philippine officials said Cambodia's supposed resistance was due to its closeness with China, which has been asserting its historical claim on the West Philippine Sea. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei, as well as Taiwan and China, have overlapping territorial claims on parts of the West Philippine Sea. Valte expressed confidence that Brunei's chairmanship will enable ASEAN countries to tackle pressing problems in the region. "Brunei, as chair, has now set their own list of priorities for the agenda to be taken up in the summits to follow. Regardless of the chairmanship, we've been consistent in pushing for our interventions," she said. Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah went on a brief state visit to the Philippines last week, when he discussed the agenda of the ASEAN summit with Aquino. Aquino will fly to Brunei for the summit on Wednesday afternoon. He will be joined by his spokesperson, Edwin Lacierda, Foreign Affairs chief Albert del Rosario, Finance chief Cesar Purisima; Trade chief Gregory Domingo, Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras, and Socio-economic Planning chief Arsenio Balisacan. — BM, GMA News

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Isuzu PH announces new President
    Isuzu PH announces new President

    Isuzu Philippines Corporation (IPC) formally announced the appointment of Hajime Koso as the new president replacing outgoing president Nobuo Izumina, who will be assigned as the Director of Isuzu Body Corporation, an affiliate of Isuzu Motors Limited (IML) in Japan. A native of Okayama Japan, the 57 years old executive has been working for IML for 35 […] The post Isuzu PH announces new President appeared first on Carmudi Philippines. …

  • Pacquiao sees fist of God delivering win over Mayweather
    Pacquiao sees fist of God delivering win over Mayweather

    Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao is confident he can beat American arch-rival Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas on Saturday with the power of God, after abandoning a life he said was packed with sin condemning him to hell. Pacquiao is in top form both in mind and spirit after he traded his boozing, gambling and womanising ways for a devout life of prayer, his spiritual adviser, Jeric Soriano, told AFP in a recent Manila interview. Except the world got to him," Soriano said of Pacquiao's …

  • Honda sells Limited Edition CR-V and Jazz
    Honda sells Limited Edition CR-V and Jazz

    Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI) is starting to roll out their limited edition models—the all-new Jazz and CR-V. The 20 units of all-new Jazz Cool Blue Limited Edition will have refreshing Brilliant Sporty Blue paint color and factory-installed Modulo accessories while the 10 new CR-V 2.4 SX units are available with limited edition Gold Brown […] The post Honda sells Limited Edition CR-V and Jazz appeared first on Carmudi Philippines. …

  • Celebrities urge Australia PM to do more to save execution pair
    Celebrities urge Australia PM to do more to save execution pair

    Celebrities including Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush released a video Tuesday urging Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to fly to Indonesia to help save two citizens facing execution, forcing the government to defend its tactics. "Bali Nine" drug traffickers Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan could face the firing squad within hours, along with others from Brazil, Nigeria, the Philippines and an Indonesian prisoner. Australia, Indonesia's close neighbour, has mounted a sustained diplomatic …

  • ISIS has not penetrated Phl – AFP
    ISIS has not penetrated Phl – AFP

    Security officials yesterday maintained that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has not penetrated the Philippines following an expert’s warning that the group poses a threat to the country. Abu Sayyaf, BIFF (Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters), private armed groups to our knowledge are the people making problems down south,” Armed Forces chief Gen. Gregorio Catapang Jr. said. The BIFF and the Abu Sayyaf have pledged allegiance to the ISIS but it remains uncertain whether they are …

  • Cerbo named national police intel chief
    Cerbo named national police intel chief

    Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina yesterday ordered the appointment of PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr. as chief of the Directorate for Intelligence. …

  • Pump prices up anew
    Pump prices up anew

    Oil companies announced yesterday another round of price hikes with independent oil firms among the first to issue their respective announcements. PTT Philippines, the local subsidiary of Thailand’s biggest oil firm, and Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, another independent oil company, were among the first to issue their respective advisories. Seaoil Philippines also issued its announcement. …

  • PNP to ease rules on gun permit processing
    PNP to ease rules on gun permit processing

    The Philippine National Police will simplify requirements for getting a firearm’s permit under the new gun control law, PNP officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina said yesterday. Espina said they are working to simplify the process to secure a license to own and possess firearms (LTOPF) amid complaints of excessive requirements from gun holders. Espina directed the Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) to make it easier for legitimate gun owners to comply with the …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options