• 27 April 2015
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 27 --  The Philippines and Vietnam pledged to work for the adoption by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) of a legally binding Code of Conduct (COC) amid China’s reclamation activities in disputed territories over West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said Monday.Coloma issued the statement to members of the Philippine media delegation following a bilateral meeting between President Benigno S. Aquino III and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyan Tang Dung held Sunday night.The Philippines and Vietnam are just two of several countries in the ASEAN that have exclusive economic zone claims in the South China Sea challenging China’s nine-dash line theory.The two leaders spoke to each other before a gala dinner hosted by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in honor of the visiting heads of state and government for the 26th ASEAN Summit.Coloma said both President Aquino and Prime Minister Tan Dung expressed concern over China’s aggressiveness in reclaiming uninhabited islands in the disputed waters, which violates a provision stated under the Declaration ...Read more

PH committed to work with ASEAN in confronting extremism, says Secretary Del Rosario

 CENTRAL  27 April 2015
KUALA LUMPUR, April 27 -- The Philippines remains committed to work with Southeast Asian countries in the fight against extremism, terrorism, and crimes against humanity, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alfred del Rosario said. “The Philippines is one with ASEAN in its commitment to a culture of peace, ...Read more

PH calls on ASEAN to stop China's reclamation in the West Philippine Sea

 CENTRAL  27 April 2015
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 27 --  The Philippines has called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Sunday to “assert its leadership, centrality, and solidarity” in order to thwart China’s massive reclamation activities over the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China ...Read more