Aquino reiterates call for end to Sabah conflict

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President Benigno S. Aquino III

MANILA, Philippines – President Benigno Aquino III on Monday reiterated that the government would pursue peaceful means to resolve clashes between followers of the Sultanate of Sulu and the Malaysian government.

In a press conference, he said that their priority was to ensure the safety of the 800,000 Filipinos currently based in Sabah.

Tension escalated as fresh firefights erupted in Semporna town this weekend, after the standoff in Lahad Datu town ended with fatalities in both sides.

The President maintained that using force to resolve the territorial dispute on Sabah would only worsen the situation, saying there could be no reasonable discussion if one party is trying to resolve the issue at gunpoint. “Hindi risonableng humingi ng pangunawa kung nakatutok ang iyong armas sa kanyang mukha.”

Asked if he gave clearance for the Malaysian authorities to go after the royal army, Aquino said that if the tables were turned and it was the Philippines which was under attack, he would not be asking for anyone’s clearance  to defend his people.

“Pwede bang magsawalang kibo tayo? Kahit anong lahi, papalag (Can we remain silent? Any country and its people will fight back),” he said.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario is headed to Malaysia to speak with his counterpart Foreign Minister Anifah Aman and Aquino said he would await word about talks on the situation in Sabah Monday night.

The President also said that they have received intelligence reports on a conspiracy which led to the standoff—possibly linked to “people from the former administration.”

“Hindi kaya ng angkan ni Kiram gawin ng mag-isa ang ganitong kilos (The Kiram family would not be able to do this on its own),” Aquino said,pointing out that the royal army needed at least two boats, a speedboat, funds and food, in carrying out its mission in Sabah.

He said that they were already looking at certain persons of interest and were gathering evidence on the alleged conspiracy.

Aquino, however, said that he would not make accusations without evidence.

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  • AntiFakeOwner

    He should look at cause of this matter not stating threats, gathering documents, investigations etc. etc. What he must do is help the Sultante of Sulu to reclaim their land. That’s it nothing more nothing less.

    • tadokapurpledaisy

      STUPID IGNORAMUS PEOPLE LIKE YOU SHOULD BE IN SABAH RIGHT NOW DEFENDING THE AGGRESOR…. YOU SHOULD NOT BE HERE TO DISCUSS. DUWAG.BAHAG ANG BUNTOT

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    conspiricy theory ka na naman mukang tanga pangulo kalbo! para tatay niya makapili hudas traydor!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    MR.NOY KAPON SUMIGAW KA NALANG NG DARNA!! CHICKEN! PARA KA TATAY MO HUDAS!

  • skittle

    Pnoy…nililihis mo na naman ang Sabah claim issue.  Umandar na naman pagka-paranoid mo. Now you’re saying there’s conspiracy at pa-imbestigahan mo na naman.  Puro ka imbestiga wala naman nangyayari.  Ano na nangyari sa Atimonan massacre investigation?  Until now inuupuan mo pa rin ang resulta ng investigation ng NBI.  Siguro sinabit ni de Lima and NBI si Ochoa kay di mo maaksiyunan noh?  Suerte ka nakatuon ngayon ang mata ng sambayanan sa Sabah kaya pansamantalang nakalimutan ang Atimonan.  But we will haunt you on Atimonan issue after Sabah is resolved.  Kala mo siguro ligtas ka na.

    Better get your acts together.  Kesa conspiracy investigation ang atupagin mo, ang intindihin mo hanap ka paraan para madala sa negotiating table si Sultan Jamalum Kiram III at Malaysia to resolve the crisis. At hindi yang panawagan mong SURRENDER OR DIE ang tanging solusyon mo.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    SABI NG MALAYSIA SUMUKO NA KAYO SABI NI ABNOY SUMUKO NA KAYO AT TANGGAPIN ANG LETHAL INJECTION NG MALAYSIA!

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