Santiago urges Sulu sultan: Bare true intentions


Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago says the sultanate of Sulu should first disclose its “true intentions” in its audacious attempt to retake Sabah—either to expand the territory of the Philippines or merely line the pockets of the royal family with money from higher compensation—before President Aquino can commit the country’s “meager” military resources to its territorial claim.

“I think the President’s priorities are correct in proceeding gingerly with the Sabah situation. This is a potentially explosive situation, we need it like we need a hole in the head,” Santiato said in a phone interview with the Inquirer on Sunday.

“The sultanate of Sulu must first answer the primordial question: For whom is it reclaiming Sabah? Is it for personal or family reasons or on behalf of all Filipinos?” she said.

“We must not take any military position in a boundary dispute between two states just because of one family which happens to be Filipino,” she said.

“I believe the [sultan] must stand down or he is on his own. He will have to answer for [the] consequences of his actions. We cannot harbor rogue individuals or this will be considered an act of provocation by Malaysia,” she said.

Santiago pointed out that the sultanate of Sulu took action “clearly” on its own without consulting or advising the President.

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  • ramsor

    Were you born yesterday Senator Santiago?

  • jeepneydr

    Why is  the Sultanate living in confort in some nice house in  PI and not take residence in Sabah which he claims belong to him and and demand to the renters thats the leased is cancelled on the his property.

  • Royalbloodline

    As I see it,A few crazy people is following a man,with a truck load of relative claiming to be the Sultan,disturbing a few thousand honest tausugs trying to make a living. They rallying  their rignt on a land that they do not own too a few thousand people willing to listen, to fill their pocket,while million of acres of land behind their backyard that need to be developed for the good of millions of hard working Bangsamoro future.They think of only their pocket not the life of the people that will be in the crossfire ,telling a few million people their patrotic acts is for the good of the nation.As I see it.

  • madel tapdasan

    If you think that way ,let us packed up and give everything to chinese, anyway it is happening ,who control our economy ,who control the politicians they capitalizedd, tell me if anything is not in control of china  even Malaysia is chinese control,folks open your eyes the saying is 90%  correct – God made man ,the rest made and control by China.

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