Arroyo Takes Swipe At Aquino Presidency Over PH-China Relationship

Former Pres. Arroyo Speaks About Former Pres. Aquino’s Term

ARROYO – Former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo took a swipe at the term of former Pres. Noynoy Aquino over the Philippines-China relationship.

Even after the international ruling, China has not surrendered its claim on the South China Sea. It is one of the biggest issues between the Chinese nation and the Philippines.

In 2016, the international tribunal released its verdict and sided with PH on the issue over the ownership of the dispute island. However, such decision was not able to make the Chinese authorities stop from performing activities in the said island.

With regard to the relationship of the two countries, visibly, there is a good tie. Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Chinese Pres. Xi Jinping both showed willingness in working together in various aspects.

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte - Areas In the Philippines Under GCQ
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Despite it, Pres. Duterte is firm on the claim of the country over the dispute island. As for the relationship between the countries since several years ago, one former president spoke about it.

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
AFP Photo | Lifted from Inquirer

Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, former Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo took a swipe at the term of former Pres. Noynoy Aquino. According to her, it was “just an interruption” in the good relationship between PH and China.

The female former president expressed that since 1978, the country has positive relationship with China. Based on the report, she made the remark during the Association for Philippines-China Understanding Inc. (APCU) virtual forum. She is a chairman emeritus of the association.

Noynoy Aquino
Photo Courtesy of KJ Rosales/Manila Bulletin

Former Pres. Arroyo also mentioned the previous statement of the late former Pres. Cory Aquino on establishing good relationship with China. Here’s what the former presidents share:

“At that time, she said, given its size and power, its destiny as the pivot of the most important developments in Asia, its racial affinity to the Filipino nation and its territorial proximity to us, this visit to China explains and justifies itself,” Arroyo said referring to Aquino’s statement in 1988.

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