Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano’s schedule is about to get extra hectic within the coming months due to conferences he could have relating to the creation of a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea.

“I think that I will be sending Cayetano in several missions because I really want the Conduct of the Sea — the Code of Conduct of the Seas be passed during the time of the ASEAN heads of state meeting here. Everybody will appreciate it,” Duterte advised reporters in Olongapo City Sunday (June four).

Government officers earlier mentioned there was some progress relating to the creation of a framework for the Code of Conduct within the South China Sea through the ASEAN Summit final April.

China claims virtually the whole South China Sea, whereas ASEAN members the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei, in addition to Taiwan have overlapping claims.

Member international locations of the ASEAN and China signed the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties within the South China Sea in 2002 to keep away from tensions within the disputed waters and in preaparation for the Code of Conduct.