The president of the Philippines is very firm upon assuming his post that Sabah belongs to the Philippines. The Sultanate of Sulu owns it, therefore it belongs to the country. This is the reason why the government is not encouraging Filipino deportees in Sabah to seek reconsideration with the Malaysian government.
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[VIDEO]: THE NEW ADMINISTRATION WILL PURSUE THE PHILIPPINES’ CLAIM ON THE CONTESTED TERRITORIES IN THE WEST PHILIPPINE SEA AND SABAH.
Taking Care of 7,000 Refugees
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is preparing an “action plan” that would guide government assistance to 7,000 Filipinos who are expected to be deported from Sabah by February. Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said the deportees will be given basic aid, such as food and medical assistance, upon their return to the country.
Prepared to Talk with the Malaysia Prime Minister
The president is “prepared to discuss” the Philippines’ sovereign claims over Sabah but the issue was not raised during his bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Najib Razak. It turns out, it was not on the agenda. The government seems to avoid provocative measures and as much as possible, peaceful means are favored.
Filipinos to Malaysia
If Malaysia is sincere to participate in the government’s peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), security matters in the Sulu-Sulawesi Sea, counter-terrorism and the Philippines chairmanship of ASEAN in 2017 – Malaysia should return Sabah to the Philippines. Peace can never be attained if native Filipinos remain displaced. In fact, these returnees are not deportees. They are the new generations of the original settlers of the land.
Do not be Caught in Between Two Nations during Sabah Claim
These Filipinos being deported back to the Philippines do not need the mercy of the Malaysian government. They have all the rights to remain there but since the Malaysians dominate Sabah for the time being as the conqueror of the land, seek refuge first to where you belong. The president of the Philippines is making sure to aid your starting over. It is only a matter of time that Sabah claim resumes. Just remember the late President Marcos’ sacrifice and the betrayal of the Aquinos.