Atty. Gilbert Asuque is currently the Deputy Chief of Mission and Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the International Maritime Organization and Related Inter-governmental Organizations. He was also the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo, Japan. He is also the former Assistant Secretary, Office of Ocean Concerns at the Department of Foreign Affairs. Atty. Asuque is a member of the Philippine Bar, 1987; and of the Maritime Law Association of the Philippines. As a Philippine Foreign Service Officer, he attended various UN, IMO, ASEAN and other meetings on the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, shipping law and related maritime issues as head or member of the Philippine Delegation.