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.
By: Elena Grace Flores
As Malaysian Prime Minister Da¬tuk Seri Najib Tun Razak vowed to defend every inch of Sabah’s sovereignty, Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, tough as he is will not retreat to continue former President Diosdado Macapagal’s policy on Sabah.
Najib was quoted as saying that no one can stake a claim on Sabah because it gained its independence through Malaysia’s Cobbold Commission as agreed by the United Nations in 1963. This has been challenged by a Sabahwanon humanitarian activist who is based in the UK – citing that Sabah to be under Malaysia was never the intention of the Bornean founders. In fact, the referendum conducted by the Malaysian government gave no option for Sabah residents; it’s join or leave condition!
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman also said that Malaysia never recognized such claims by the Philippines. Najib added that they will defend Sa¬¬bah from any threat. In fact, it has ordered its citizens to be the spy of any invading forces.
By: Elena Grace Flores
It’s ironic and a mockery for Malaysians to boast for the slight increase of Sabah lease from US$1,305 to an undisclosed amount – since the issue has not been resolved among its heirs from the Sultanate of Sulu. Actually, there’s no actual confirmation yet from Sultan Phugdal’s side, who replaced Sultan Jamalul Kiram after his death on how much the increase was and if it’s accepted or not. It has been known by this writer that then Crowned Prince Adbimuddin Kiram’s direct family did not agree with the said increase prior to his death as narrated to me by his son Datu Sayed in Zamboanga City in 2005.
The irony is, the Malaysian government publicly attest to the said lease but they denied Sabah being a property of Sultanate of Sulu which is a Philippine entity. Therefore, not acknowledging that it’s a Philippine territory. Can’t they understand the meaning of lease?
Duterte’s stake: “What has been the policy will always be the policy of the government, especially those for the interest of the country. We have to stake our claim. His administration recognized Sabah as the territory of the Sulu sultanate, as is claimed by the Kiram clan, who are citizens of the Philippines.
By: Elena Grace Flores
The Sultanate of Sulu now headed by Sultan Phugdal will no way compromise the Sabah claim after all that they’ve been through. The Malaysian government can resume their yearly lease but following present market value and under the conditions of the Sultanate. The BBL law can also take effect for the peace process to materialize but can never make Sabah as the reward for their efforts.
Circumstances are now favoring the sultanate with President Rodrigo Duterte’s support, Bongbong Marcos’ scrutinizing the details of BBL and many concerned Filipinos cheering for this historic event to take place especially those who have loved ones tortured while being deported from Sabah to Zamboanga despite insisting that they are in their homeland.
Pastor Boy Saycon said after seeing the media propaganda by the Malaysian press; that they can dream all they want but the Sabah claim cannot be compromised – they have to return it to the Philippines no matter what. Saycon is an adviser to the sultanate when it comes to the Sabah claim. He helped them gather evidence and documents that will help the move to push the Sabah claim in the United Nations – thus prompting the UN to issue a resolution to settle the claim in a peaceful manner. Formulating strategies are also Saycon’s notable skill thus giving him the title; Political Hing Maker – as the man behind Noybi!
By: Elena Grace Flores
Senatorial candidate Princess Jacel Kiram in the past election did not make it to the Senate but her pushing for the Philippines’ claim over Sabah will definitely not go into vain. She was quoted saying by GMA that the $72 billion yearly income from the gasoline industry were enjoyed by the Malaysians instead of by its rightful owners, the Filipinos.
Better yet, Senator Bongbong Marcos, chairman of the Senate committee on local government that scrutinized the proposed BBL during the previous Aquino administration, will already get the statement from Malacañang and the Department of Foreign Affairs that the government will not give up the country’s Sabah claim in exchange for Malaysia’s help in the peace process – now that President Rodrigo Duterte is installed into power who is a Marcos loyalist.