Gloria Macapagal Arroyo back as House Speaker. The Original China Puppet
Arroyo blamed for China intrusion in Spratlys
By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News
Posted at Jul 06 2011 04:29 PM | Updated as of Jul 07 2011 12:29 AM
JMSU is the tripartite agreement, which the country entered into with the state-owned oil firms of China and Vietnam in 2004.
China's so-called nine-dash line theory also allowed the country to intrude in disputed waters, but it was the JMSU that "provided them an opening for that," Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.
"That created a slew of problems for us. Had we stuck to our position before, like I said during the time of President Marcos, there was no issue on certain waters being ours so the JMSU provided an opening for the Chinese to claim and as a result, the 9-dash theory was also laid out," he said.
Asked if the government can file a case against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for entering into the JMSU, Lacierda said he has yet to ask the Department of Foreign Affairs on the matter.
President Benigno Aquino III already sounded off earlier that the JMSU should be blamed for the encroachment issues in the disputed waters.
Meanwhile, Lacierda declined to comment on the reported Chinese diplomat banned in the DFA due to his conduct unbecoming in a discussion over t