"So I don't see any disagreement between the Philippine position and the statement of U.S., Japan, and Australia", said Bolivar.
As an important regional organization, ASEAN has become a major force in promoting regional integration and maintaining regional peace and stability, Wang said.
Asean diplomats called for "non-militarisation and self-restraint in the conduct of all activities by claimants and all other states to avoid complicating the situation and escalate tensions in the South China Sea".
The ministers urged ASEAN member states and China to fully and effectively implement the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC).
Later Monday, Kono, who is said to have connections with USA officials and lawmakers, held a news conference for foreign reporters at the worldwide media center, also a rare move for Japan's top diplomat.
The two participated in other multilateral meetings in Manila, including one between China and the 10 ASEAN ministers. However, China unilaterally started work to build artificial islands and military facilities in that sea area, and this has prompted ASEAN to advocate devising a pertinent code of conduct at an early date.
They called on "all claimants to make and clarify their maritime claims" and to "resolve disputes peacefully in accordance with the worldwide law of the sea".
Mr Sokhonn said Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte had asked his foreign affairs minister to tell Asean foreign ministers that he wanted the communique "to reflect the actual situation". "In due time, China dropped that and said, "Let's approve the framework and let's go now to the COC", Mr Cayetano told reporters.
"I will call for demilitarisation in the South China Sea", he said on Sunday.
China's territorial disputes in the strategic and potentially oil- and gas-rich waterway with five other governments intensified after it built islands in disputed waters and reportedly started to install a missile defense system on them, alarming rival claimant states, the US and other Western governments.
Japan's new Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Monday brushed aside a provocative remark by his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi during their first talks since he assumed his post last week, saying he wants Beijing to "learn how to behave as a big power". The International Court of Arbitration in The Hague denied much of China's territorial claim to the South China Sea.
To prevent conflicts and maintain order in the South China Sea, it is indispensable to lay down legally binding global rules.
Cayetano said at a news conference on Tuesday.
North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong-ho was also in Manila to join the ASEAN Regional Forum.