WATCH: Philippines favors legally binding South China Sea code

In a draft statement, ASEAN foreign ministers said they tasked the ASEAN-China Senior Officials’ Consultation mechanism to begin discussions on a substantive and effective COC on the basis of the framework as soon as possible. File

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Foreign Affairs said the Philippines is in favor of a legally binding South China Sea code of conduct.

During the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit that ended on Tuesday, DFA spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar highlighted the importance of a COC that all parties would adhere to.
However, a draft of the framework of the COC, said that it would not serve as an instrument to settle territorial disputes or maritime delimitation issues in the South China Sea.
Here's why the Philippines is pushing for a legally binding conduct on the sea dispute.
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