By: Elena Grace Flores
Treason is a violation of allegiance to one’s sovereign or to one’s state; the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith. It’s definition ruled around the offense of acting to overthrow one’s government or to do harm or kill its sovereign – which many law experts believe that the outgoing President Benigno Simeon Aquino is guilty of. His determination to approve the BBL where many policies favor Malaysia over Philippines and his obvious mishandling of the Sultanate of Sulu’s men who returned to Lahad Datu in Sabah via unofficial passageways not manned by Malaysians – knowing that it’s their own homeland eversince their ancestors’ time, are just few of the possible known grounds.
This so-called journey home to Sabah by around 200 Sultanate of Sulu followers became a humanitarian crisis – with majority of these men being slaughtered by the Malaysian authorities with BS Aquino just shrugging off his shoulders. He critisized his own people for pursuing the suicide attack – without compassion and without much efforts in coming to terms with the Malaysian land grabbers for maximum tolerance. Thousands of Filipinos evacuating from Sabah became refugees in Zamboanga, Some said that; “Malaysian policemen ordered Filipino men to run as fast as they could and shot them,” said a report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “Even pregnant women and children have been hunted down and killed as the Malaysians fire mortars and embark on a house-to-house search,” according to the Philippine Star. These people did not belong to Sultan Jamalul Kiram III’s forces. They were just native Filipino settlers in Sabah.
Filipinos cannot forget Aquino’s calling Jamalul’s brother Rajah Mudah Agbimuddin Kiram and his men to surrender before any negotiations or please with the Malaysian leaders can happen. He also threatened to charge the Kirams of rebellion, as per the Justice department. They were deliberately turned over to Malaysian authorities to be prosecuted instead of trying to bring them back home safely. Malacañang also acted confused over the legitimacy of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III – telling the media that many members of the Kiram clan were claiming to be Sultans when Sultan Jamalul was the only recognized head of the Sultanate even before his predecessor’s time. He clearly abandoned his own people, kept quiet on the Sabah claim and sided with Malaysia during many instances when his pople needed him the most. Aquino like Razak and his officers are responsible for the carnage of Filipino men, women and children in Sabah – and that will not be forgotten. Justice must be served!