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ASEAN: Founding Member during Marcos Era and Duterte now Chair Tackles South China Sea Code of Conduct

South China Sea

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The Philippines become one of the founding members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) during the Marcos era, established in 1967. Now that ASEAN already has an outspoken chair in the person of President Rodrigo Duterte, high expectation are put upon his leadership in the international front.

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[VIDEO] The Association of Southeast Asian Nation and China target to complete the framework for the South China Sea Code of conduct this year.

2017 ASEAN Chair

The Philippines is the 2017 chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, succeeding Laos. It did a good job despite limited resources and modest expectations. In contrast, the Philippines has the most outspoken leader. Expectations are high that it will raise the association’s profile to a new level in the new year – as it takes over its turn of duty.

Rare Moves

President Duterte’s recent moves that involve the US, China, Japan and Russia are extraordinary. They are not conventional at all. Now, he has the chance to demonstrate his leadership as he represents the region.

Marcos Ideology

The Philippines gives top priority to making ASEAN a people-centered and peopled-oriented community. Manila aims to guide decisions to establish greater equality between the wealthy and powerful and those citizens who belong to the middle class and the marginalized poor.

“Partnership for Changes, Engaging the World”

“Partnership for changes, engaging the world” is the title or the 2017 ASEAN summit that Philippines hosts. Two venues are now under preparation so it might be two summits or one with another meeting taking place in islands where security measures are tightened. The South China Sea code of conduct is one of the agenda. The framework is soon to be completed that guides members in the disputed region to avoid conflict.