Former socioeconomic planning secretary Solita “Winnie” Monsod has come to former president Benigno Aquino III’s protection after his predecessor, Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, blamed him for Beijing’s reclamation actions within the South China Sea.

Monsod, an economics professor on the University of the Philippines Diliman, referred to as Arroyo’s blame of Aquino as “logically flawed” and factually misguided because it absolves her of accountability within the challenge.

Citing info from Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio Carpio’s newest guide on the South China Sea, Monsod mentioned in her April 22 column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer that China made its nine-dash declare identified to the world in 2009, when Arroyo was president.

However, it was solely Malaysia and Vietnam which protested about China’s declare.

“Arroyo didn’t do anything about it while she was president. The note verbale was sent only during P-Noy’s time (2011). No wonder there was relative peace and quiet with Arroyo,” Monsod mentioned.

In international relations, the economist mentioned “silence or inaction can be interpreted as a state’s acceptance of a factual or legal situation.”

Just how essential is the nine-dash line?

Monsod mentioned recognizing it could imply the Philippines would lose 80 p.c of its unique financial zone comprising about 381,000 sq. kilometers of maritime house together with your complete Reed Bank and a part of the Malampaya fuel discipline.