Is President Noynoy Aquino to blame for the diplomatic and military row with China?

How did the Philippines manage to enter into a diplomatic row with China? Well aside from China’s insatiable need to find alternate sources of energy, part of the reason why China seems very aggressive in laying claim over the disputed Spratly group of islands and the Scarborough Shoal apparently has a lot to do with the current government. Yes, it is likely to have something to do with President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino’s lack of skill in international relations and tact or, in short, diplomacy. And there seems to be growing evidence that the tattered relationship with China can be traced to his singular focus on punishing his political enemy, former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (GMA).

Just think about it. The dispute over those islands has existed for so many decades but it is only now, under the leadership of President BS Aquino that tensions between China and the Philippines have escalated into something that could potentially lead to a full-on war. This is something that would not likely have happened during former President Gloria Arroyo’s term or any of the previous Philippine Presidents’ terms.

In fact, during her term, GMA managed to sign a controversial oil exploration venture with China in one of her state visits there in 2004. Here’s an excerpt from a report on the historic agreement:

The two countries have agreed to conduct a three-year oil exploration research around the waters in the Spratlys and a separate agreement on fishery cooperation to prevent poaching incidents among Chinese and Filipino fishermen in the area.

The first MOU was on the Joint Marine Seismic Undertaking between the state-owned Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC) signed by its new president Ed Mañalac with Fu Chiang You, president of the China National Offshore Oil Company.

Energy DOE Secretary Vicente Perez said the MOU will focus on pre-exploration research study on the Spratlys. This does not mean both countries will give up their respective territorial claims in the area, he said.

The idea for the venture seemed pretty rational. Instead of wrangling endlessly over the disputed islands, both parties must have agreed to explore the islands together and see if there really is something to fight about. As it turned out, the above venture did not proceed beyond the first phase because Filipino Congressmen put a stop to it on the grounds that it was unconstitutional to have entered into such a venture in the first place. The case is still pending with the Supreme Court since some lawmakers claimed that the agreement included islands that were already part of the Philippines. You can always expect Philippine politics to get in the way of progress anytime, anywhere.

That venture is not the only thing on hold between the Philippines and China. It has come to light that President BS Aquino has either rescinded or placed under review “nearly all of the Chinese contracts signed during GMA’s term”. This includes the $400 million Northrail Project-Phase I, Stage I (Caloocan-Malolos), which would have provided an efficient transport service for passengers and goods and solved part of Metro Manila’s traffic problem. It seems that China’s discontent grew over time due to these aborted deals. Let’s not forget that the animosity between this current administration all started with the bungled Mendoza hostage crisis in 2010 that resulted in the death of eight Chinese tourists — a situation made worse by BS Aquino’s obvious lack of empathy for the dead, which angered the Chinese community. Unfortunately for the Filipino people, BS Aquino’s uncompromising position on territorial disputes, which he clearly cannot prop up without the help of the Americans, is putting the country in a dangerous position. All this because BS Aquino hates GMA and wants to punish her.

It is a shame President BS Aquino could not even continue where GMA left off in terms of wooing China. Just imagine if we can successfully and peacefully negotiate a deal to share the benefits from the exploration conducted by the concerned parties. It could mean additional income and economic progress for our country. Why, we can even be like Brunei — sitting pretty and simply collecting royalties from the development of their resources. Let’s face it; we could not conduct an expedition on our own without the help of foreign investors anyway because we do not have the right technology and expertise to do it. This is evident in how our mining industry too remains mired in old feudal politics.

At the moment President BS Aquino oversees very little Philippine-China relationship to speak of. He did have an opportunity to acknowledge China’s help for providing a loan for a water system project. At the recent inauguration of the Angat Water Utilization and Aqueduct Improvement Project Phase II in Quezon City’s La Mesa Dam, he thanked China for extending the needed P5.2 billion funding for the project under the Preferential Buyer’s Credit of the China Export-Import Bank. It is worth mentioning that credit for this project should go to GMA because it was initiated and approved during her term under an economic partnership agreement with China.

This is actually an opportune time for President BS Aquino to get his act together and be bolder in making a move on the apparent trespassing of Chinese vessels in Philippine territorial waters. As China prepares for it’s once-in-a-decade transition to a new president, the political party’s elite leaders are also “busy” trying to bury the scandal involving one of their own “princelings”. Bo Xilai, a charismatic Communist Party chieftain was stripped of his party posts, and his wife arrested on suspicion of homicide for the alleged murder of an expatriate British businessman. China’s political elite can thank themselves for their power to easily suppress information like that from reaching the public. It makes it easier to keep growing numbers of internal dissenters happy and clueless about the news of a scandal involving politicians like Xilai. China’s disgruntled migrant labor force estimated at 300 million is said to be a potential source of instability if graft and corruption is not contained within the country’s ruling political party elite.

BS Aquino can’t even apply the brains required to take advantage of the political turmoil in China at the moment. The Philippine government can learn a thing or two from the Russians. Recent news reports stated how the “Russian coast guard seized two Chinese vessels and detained 36 fishermen Tuesday after they were allegedly found fishing in Russian-controlled waters in the Sea of Japan”.

Warning shots were fired at one vessel during a three-hour pursuit by Russian Coast Guard, which eventually rammed the vessel and soldiers fired directly on the ship when sailors resisted being boarded, according to Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti news agency.

No one was killed or injured in the incident, according to RIA.

The ship had 22.5 metric tons of squid and a crew of 17 RIA reported, and didn’t have documents allowing them to fish in Russia’s Exclusive Economic Zone. A second Chinese fishing vessel, with 19 crew members, was also detained in nearby waters.

An Exclusive Economic Zone is an area within 200 nautical miles of a nation’s shores which gives the country sole rights to fish and develop resources in the area.

Why can’t the Philippine coast guard do the same with the Chinese fishermen who enter Philippine waters? They have every right to do it; they just need to have the guts. They must be getting their cues from their yellow Commander-in-Chief. For someone who is into guns and for someone who appeared to be trigger-happy at the start of the diplomatic row over the disputed islands, President BS Aquino doesn’t seem to be too keen to flex our puny muscles now.


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There is already speculations that Gloria is to be blamed for the take over of China. She sold our sovereignty. Lets hope that this will be included in PNoys SoNA to educate Filipinos.

This may sound too far out, but let’s try to look at things from a wider perspective. Whatever complications we are in, political or economic, are effects of a changing world order in a post Cold War setting. The end of the Cold War saw the break up of the Soviet Union and the shift of economic thought and policy in China. From the shambles of Mao’s socialist revolution, a new state capitalist China emerged to challenge western economic powers. While the United States and other powers were busy expending resources in wars in the Middle East, China gradually invaded… Read more »
Hyden Toro

Noynoy Aquino simply lacks the determined leadership; diplomatic skill; and resolve to protect Philippine territories. Now, some of the contested islands are being grabbed by the Chinese. We blame this stupid President for his inaction to do the right thing…he is just simply afraid and is clueless. His advisers and handlers are facing a problem, that cannot be solved by Press Releases, YellowTard Media and “Hakot” Demonstrators. The problem is facing them. And, they don’t know how to solve it…Hindi katulad ng EDSA ito, the enemy can shot back…hindi makuha sa bluffing…



Definition: A stupid a$$ troll who always posts retarded yellow propaganda and always blames GMA for problems that PNoy obviously did in his term; Troll who is a stupid sack of sh!t; Troll who doesn’t have any legit evidence to show when he/she/it is asked to present any.


how can you compare our navy with the russians ilda? thats just ignorant. next week you’ll say why cant we send people to space since russia can do it. learn first.

its not about guts, its about the hardware. is your argument that if we cannot do something the russian military can, our president is spineless?


Noynoy is to blame. He put the entire country and its Asean neighbors in danger of having a shooting match with a superior foe. Based on chronological events as reported including the yellow media, Noynoy started it all. The least we could do is tie Noynoy in a long range rocket together with his entire crew of spokesmen and some cache of illegal drugs and blast it off towards Beijing.
In that place no bleeding hearts will oppose jf ever the “central Committee” imposes the death penalty on each of them.


Noynoy is to blame. He put the entire country and its Asean neighbors in danger of having a shooting match with a superior foe. Based on chronological events as reported by the yellow media, Noynoy started it all. The least we could do is tie Noynoy in a long range rocket together with his entire crew of spokesmen and some cache of illegal drugs and blast it off towards Beijing.
In that place no bleeding hearts will oppose jf ever the “central Committee” imposes the death penalty on each of them.

Ilda, With regards to diplomatic solution, it is apparent that all China wanted was the two nations to settle the dispute by themselves. But NOOOOOO, PNoy just had to do saber-rattling and convince every other south-east asian country that our business is their business. Most disturbing is that he’s looking for a skirt to hide under by asking for the United States to intervene. Perhaps his strategy for dealing with tense situations is to ignore them until they go away. Which is normally how he has dealt with things, like critics, here. It’s also disturbing to think that because the… Read more »
Ilda, you hit the nail on the head as always. But I dare say that the bad blood started way before Pnoy’s term even begun, and can be traced to the days of the aborted ZTE-NBN deal. ZTEC is a Chinese state-controlled corporation and it is common knowledge that high ranking Party members or their relatives are routinely rewarded with executive positions in these state-owned or controlled corporations. In Confucian society loss of face borders on the sacrosanct, it isn’t a matter to trifle with as we, Filipinos, are wont to do. One can just imagine the chagrin and the… Read more »

And here is MSM focusing on the amok in Denver as opposed to the charlie foxtrot back home…

I have been a follower of GRP post for some time now and I felt I had to share my thoughts too, to make my following complete. Lest I be misconstrued as taking sides in this debate, let may make it very clear, that in the spirit of healthy and intelligent exchange advocated by GRP Post, I share my views from a sober and unemotional stance that we might put the fishball types in their proper place–the dustbin for the idea-challenged. That said, I thought perhaps I should also present things viewed from different directions, that we might strive to… Read more »

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Johnny Derp

It is almost a year since this incident has happened and now we have yet another crisis because of Aquino’s bumbling but this time with the taiwanese.
It is almost as if incompetence seems to be the main modus operandi of this administration when it comes to foreign affairs.
This time however, Aquino won’t be able to pin the blame on GMA anymore since it is after all, HIS fault for letting this escalate quickly.

Malacanang trolls are powerless to hide this fact from the public.

wow. kung makapag husga ng presidente, its like they know it all from their minds how to decently ‘run’ this country. alright, since you see all the incompetency our current president has, and you ‘know’ what to do… why not run for president? why not show us all your intellectual superiority in running this country @ilda,@binign0? 🙂 i mean. surely the way you talk/write i believe you can turn this very country of ours into a 1st world country in 1 term eh? I’m for sure can’t do that. that high standards you guys always want from the president. all… Read more »


“the philippine economy has out grown china’s economy”

Wow, where are your facts? My facts are here staring you in the face… poverty is worse than ever, unemployment/underemployment, increased, prices of prime commodities increased.

Taga saan planeta ka ba?


Outgrown? OUTGROWN? Saan mo naman nabasa na mas maunlad pa tayo kaysa sa China ngayon? And then your next sentence proves otherwise.

So ibabalik ko lang sa iyo ang sinabi mo: Know your facts and shut your mouth.

Johnny Derp

3 years have passed and this president still is to blame for our current situation against the chinese.

No matter what the malacañang trolls would claim, their boss will forever be associated with failure.

Philippines is truly under Chinese businessmen and Chinese spay. Have you remember that there is once Chinese Tourist who harass one of Abnoys sister before? And what did we do? Nothing! It’s because we are all infiltrated with Chinese spay that handles our politicians. Look how many illegal Chinese who comes to the country and build a very big drug laboratory. How many illegal Chinese selling out all over the Philippines especially in Metro Manila. Where they don’t even pay taxes and trying to deteriorate the economy of the country. This Chinese people in the Philippines should be shout alive… Read more »
Proud Nation

I dont trust you now Noynoy you keep on blaming gloria – you have a lot of problem to be left after may election then what so , the next president will also keep on blaming on you and put you in jail . what government we have here , we have a lot of mistake in selecting our leader. Vote wise please