Casiño says sultan is also ‘boss’ of President Aquino


Senatorial candidate Teodoro Casiño. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Senatorial candidate Teodoro Casiño on Monday said it is not too late for President Aquino to talk with Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III to resolve the crisis in Sabah that has claimed more than two dozen lives.

“I think the President should have a dialogue with the sultan. It’s a very simple thing to do. It’s not too late for the President to talk to Sultan Jamalul. It will not demean the presidency,” Casiño told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in an interview at Jamalul’s home in Taguig City where the candidate paid a visit to the sultan.

Casiño noted that Mr. Aquino had gone out of his way to meet with Moro Islamic Liberation Front chair Murad Ebrahim in Japan as a big gesture for the peace process.

“The President has flexible options on how he would dialogue with the sultan. It can even be done (behind) closed doors for all I care,” Casiño said.

For Casiño, Jamalul is one of the “bosses” that Mr. Aquino promised to serve in his inaugural speech in 2010 so the sultan should have been given an ear when he was proposing to advance a cause that was based on history.

“I think if the President and his government addressed the issue squarely, they could have helped broker a solution with the sultanate and Malaysia. But they neglected it,” he said.

“They (Mr. Aquino and his advisers) probably thought the heirs would allow themselves to be pushed over by Malaysia. They failed to see that this is a deep-rooted issue. They are not strangers in Sabah,” Casiño said.

He said a dialogue would be a way of looking for solutions to the crisis and the Sabah claim.

But the problem, Casiño said, is that days into the standoff between the followers of the Sulu sultanate and the Malaysian police commandos, “Malacañang took a hardline (stance) by telling the sultan’s followers that there would be no talks if they won’t surrender.”

“That was counterproductive. He (Mr. Aquino) should have just talked to the guy (Jamalul),” Casiño said.

Before Casiño arrived, former Bayan Muna Rep. Satur Ocampo and Bagong Alyansang Makabayan chair Carol Araullo had met with Jamalul and his spokesperson, Abraham Idjirani.

Ocampo and Araullo condemned the attitude of Mr. Aquino toward the Sabah crisis.

They said their groups were going to hold a protest action at the Malaysian Embassy on Tuesday and later proceed to Malacañang.

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  • gregorio

    Pnoy said he cant talk to Sultan Kiram with a gun pointed at his head. How can a 300 persons point a gun on him, baka Malaysia ang ang nakapoint a gun on him. Nuong nuon pa ayaw talaga mababanggit sa Malaysia ang issue ng Sabah claim kasi natatakot sila sa katotohanan. Katulad ng China ayaw nilang dumaan sa international arbitration ang issue kasi alam nila may talo. Eh paano nga kung matalo. Ang Pinas at ang sultanate eh walang pangamba kung manalo o matalo kasi talo na nga eh. baka maisalba pa kaya nagpupumilit. Kaya ayaw pansinin ng Malaysia. Di ba kau nagtataka, Ang China sa issue ng island dispute sa Japan , eh gusto mag mediate ang U.N. Ang Malaysia nuon sa issue ng ownership of 2 islands with Indonesia e pina arbitrate sa U.N. Pag tayo naman ang nag request sa kanila ayaw nila sa issue ng Spratly at Sabah. Anu ibig sabihin nuon. Takot sila sa kalalabasan. Kasi malakas ang ating arguments but sadly mahina ang ating armed forces to back our claims. Winston Churchill said on diplomacy.” Speak softly but carry a big stick.”  This should be our policy because that is the only thing that would merit a respect to us by our other countries. Why Pnoy cant talk to the Kirams is a point I cant fathom. its so easy……Pnoy might stopped the sabah crisis if he can guarantee the Sultanate that the sabah claim will be pursued now that the tausugs will never wage war with the Philippine government anymore. As with the MILF, I think they are supported by malaysia financially. And thats another problem. If only we can unite, Sabah with be back to us…

    • mapicchu

       if only all the claimants for sabah can unite…matagal na sana natapos to..the problem is they cant even agree among themselves..

  • ang_pagbabago

    madami nararating ang malawagan na usapan. Mr. President please hear one of your “bosses” issues. or is “kayo ang boss ko” really Just a political slogan?

    parang “walang wang wang”, kay dami na ulit sa kalsada. ngayon nga lang may kasamang yellow ribbon yung mga gumagamit.

  • Opel

    Dialogue my @ss, tulad din ng mga NPA yan padialogue dialogue pa, pero  karahasan lang naman alam. nangraid ng pinyahan pumatay ng sikyu rasun nla nanira raw ng kalikasan tsk tsk tsk.

  • allanbeltran

    Pnoy and company on their part have their hands stained in blood because they have made secret concessions to malaysia for sabah that is why malaysia brokered the milf-government peace deal. the milf on its part is the innocent man embroiled in this controversy between the pnoy and  malaysia. I truly believe that they came to an agreement with malaysia at the expense of sabah and the real owners of the sultan of sulu that is why they went against the sultan and sided with malaysia even though the claim of the sulu sultan was genuine. Pres. noynoy and company, you have made the biggest BLUNDER of your life and you will expect no sympathy to your people most specially in the visayas and mindanao. You and your henchmen will go down in history as the most unpopular president being the puppet of malaysia. YOU can still turn it around if you will and hoping that you walk the course of righteousness.

  • Miygl_Trino

    Ang daming magagaling.  Hindi pa nga senador, kung magsalita magaling pa sa presidente.  Marunong naman kayong magpakumbaba para paniwalaan kayo ng mga botante. 

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