By: Elena Grace Flores
North Borneo or Sabah belongs to the Sultanate of Sulu and the Philippine government now recornized it as sovereign ancestral property again like in older times therefore, there is no more denying that Sabah is a Philippine territory regardless of the Malaysian Referendum held by their Federal government showing Filipinos prefer to stay there.
Regardless of the outcome whether the Malaysian government will resume their yearly rental or submit to the newly drafted BBL conditions, the Sultanate of Sulu will not compromise it’s ownership. It has to be returned to the Sultanate or to the Philippines for that matter.
Excerpts from Manny Piñol’s Post: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, said that the Philippine Government must never abandon the Sultanate of Sulu and the people of the islands West of the country in their search for the recognition of their proprietary rights claim over Sabah. “The proprietary claim of the heirs of the Sultan of Sulu and the people of the islands West of the Philippines cannot be ignored and abandoned by their own government”.
Duterte’s position on the Sabah Claim also indicates his strong and ardent adherence to social justice and the protection of the Filipinos’ rights over what they claim as theirs. “It cannot be denied that there is a recognition of the proprietary right of the Sultanate over Sabah and that is the yearly payment being made by the Malaysian government to the heirs of the Sultan,” Duterte said recently.