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DFA Secretary Locsin Rocks Marcos’ Sabah Claim


By: Elena Grace Flores

YouTube video by OHJAYCEE


Summoning the Ambassadors

Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein calls Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr’s tweet ‘irresponsible.’ Immediately, Locsin retaliates. He said he will summon Malaysia’s ambassador to the Philippines after his counterpart’s comments on the Philippines’ Sabah claim. As most Filipinos know, Sabah is only on lease to Malaysia. However, despite the Malaysian government’s regular rent checks they refuse to acknowledge the agreement. The Sultanate of Sulu’s demand to return their land results to the Lahad Datu massacre that former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III allows to happen. Just like when his father, Ninoy betrays the Filipinos when he exposes the late Ferdinand Marcos’ Merdeka operation to get Sabah back by force.

YouTube video by ABS-CBN News

Sultan’s daughter blasts Aquino over conspiracy claim

The Aquino Betrayal

The daughter of the Sulu sultan in an interview criticizes former President Aquino’s statement. This is on the alleged conspiracy in the Sabah standoff. The previous Aquino administration seems to favor the Malaysians when the Sultanate’s men insist on returning to their lands. It’s known as the Lahad Datu massacre. Aquino even laughs this off on national television as he dishonors the late Sultan Jamalul Kiram as the rightful leader of the Sultanate of Sulu during his administration.

Lease Agreement

In 1878, the Sulu sultan enters into a deed of pajak with Austrian Gustavus Baron de Overbeck and Englishman Alfred Dent. They are the representatives of a British company. The deed is in Arabic. In 1946, professor Harold Conklin translates the term pajak as a “lease.” The 1878 Deed states the annual rental. The Philippines claims that the term pajak means lease while Malaysia claims that it means cession.

Fr. Jose Bosch Innovative Skills Training Advocacy Cooperative (ISTAC)

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