By: Elena Grace Flores
An insider told me that after a meeting with Pastor Boy Saycon, adviser to the Sultanate of Sulu, he clarified some issues pertaining to the Sabah claim saying; Malaysia knows that as per the United Nations, the sultanate as a sovereign has proprietary rights over Sabah. We will go to war if needed – but we will position our forces side by side with the sultanate.
These statements coincide with President Rodrigo Duterte’s stand on Sabah as it was noted when he said; “Whether you want to believe it or not, that is beside the point. The point is, that is ours.”
That point of view by the President is also applicable to the territories in the West Philippine Sea versus China. In fact artificial islands over the reefs and shoals were already built by the invader – despite the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal statement warning China that the country violated the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea because it’s within Philippines’ 200-km exclusive economic zone and territorial seas.
By: Elena Grace Flores
The Malaysians’ fear for the Philippine government joining the long-time quest of the Sulu Sultanate is now happening. President-elect Rodrigo Roa Duterte has the same views with Senator Bongbong Marcos when it comes to the Sabah Claim. They will continue the plans of the late presidents Diosdado Macapagal and Ferdinand E. Marcos to claim back Sabah as a Philippine territory in whatever cost it may take. If peaceful means will be ignored again by Malaysia through the re-drafting of the Bangsamoro law then the alternative to go to war will not be spared.
The Malaysians’ continued press releases on all the lies concerning the Sabah claim are all over the net. This is just one indication that they are now scared because they knew, they cannot mess with the new President of the Pgilippines – who is willing to die or lose his presidency rather than alter his principles.
It has been observed that after the suicide attack by the Sultanate’s men in Lahad Datu which then President Noynoy Aquino disregard as a Philippine initiative, Malaysian authorities were the ones trying to continue the dialogue with Filipino counterparts in fear that the Philippine government might support the Sultanate.
Now, this is happening – and the Filipino warriors are again geaared up for this noble quest but this time, with the Philippine Government’s official declaration that the Sultanate of Sulu has sovereignty over Malaysia with regards to Sabah and therefore, a Philippine territory!