Former President and now Pampanga Representative. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo refused to give advice to the President on how to handle the maritime dispute over the South China Sea. She has no doubt that he knows what he’s doing.
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[VIDEO]: Arroyo said that he cannot give any recommendations for the West Philippine Sea dispute because she does not have all the facts like the President does.
Won’t Dare Give Recommendations
Arroyo frankly said she would not dare make any recommendation to the president because she does not have access to all information that he has in his hands. “I can only share what happened in my administration. I do not know all the facts that are available to the current administration, so I do not dare to make any recommendations and I keep that attitude because of my own experience as President,” Arroyo elaborated.
Charge it to Experience
During Arroyo’s several people gave her recommendations on how to handle the South China Sea dispute. Since they did not have all the facts, this can create more misunderstandings. “As far as I’m concerned, the President knows what he is doing. I do not have any specific recommendations to make,” she added.
No South China Sea Conflict During her Time
It was under her presidency when Republic Act No. 9522 was enacted. It is the Amended Definitions of the Archipelagic Baseline of the Philippines. The declaration of the Philippine ‘sovereignty and jurisdiction’ over Scarborough Shoal is stated there. The shoal is a traditional fishing grounds for Filipinos near Masinloc, Zambales. The tension arises between the Philippines and the Chinese in 2012 when the Aquino administration brought the case into the Hague.
Crucial Economic Ties
Filipino fishermen are only able to fish there again after the current president resumes the Philippine-Chinese ties when he assumed power. Arroyo, however, thinks that the National Security Council should focus on economic ties with China. Du30 just ordered troops to occupy uninhabited islets and shoals which are Philippine territories in the Spratly Islands. They were driven away by the Chinese coast guard but Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that it was just a matter of protocol. The answer should only be, “we are entering the Philippine territory.”