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Aquino blames Sulu sultan, followers anew over Sabah conflict

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President Benigno Aquino III. AP FILE PHOTO

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines—What’s happening in Sabah is wrong, so why do we have to support it?

This was how President Benigno Aquino III defended his administration’s handling of the Sabah crisis during a political rally here of Team PNoy senatorial bets on Wednesday.

“Itong pangyayaring ito ay mali. Kung mali, bakit natin susuportahan? (This incident is wrong. If this is wrong, then why do we have to support it?)” Aquino said.

The President made the remark amid criticisms his administration mishandled the Sabah issue, which from a standoff has escalated into a full-blown armed conflict between the followers of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III of Sulu and the Malaysian security forces in the Sabah district of Lahad Datu.

Aquino insisted that the Sabah claim should be resolved peacefully, saying the problem started when the Sultanate of Sulu leased Sabah to the British North Borneo Company in 1878.

“Saan ba nagmula ang problema? Hindi ba galing sa ninuno nila na nagbigay ng lease o awtoridad sa British para mamamahala sa Sabah?  Kung meron silang  problema doon sa kasunduan,  at  kung tayo naman po ay may interest,  dapat ho siguro pag-usapan ng mahinahon (What is the cause of the problem? Isn’t it that their ancestors began it when they leased Sabah to the British? If they have a problem with the agreement, and if we are interested, then we need to talk about it in a peaceful manner),” he said.

“Kung mali ang yung pinagkasunduan noon, iwasto natin (If the agreement signed then was wong, then we need to correct it),” he said.

Aquino lamented that the entire Philippines was now being dragged into the problem when the sultanate’s claim over Sabah was not yet clear.

“Hindi pa ganoon  kaliwanag na iyong karapatan nila ay ibinahagi na sa Pilipinas. Pero sa away nila idadamay tayong lahat (It’s not yet clear that they are sharing their right to Sabah with the Philippines. But in their fight, the entire nation is being dragged into the issue),” he said.

As head of the state, Aquino said it was his obligation to protect the interest of the majority of the Filipinos.

In September 1962, the Sultanate of Sulu ceded Sabah to the Philippines, giving Manila the full authority to pursue the claim.

Aquino also lamented what he described as propaganda war that is now affecting the relationship between Malaysia and the Philippines.

The people, he said, were his witness how he had repeatedly appealed to the sultan’s men to return home and discuss the problem peacefully.

“Mali ho ba ang mungkahing yun. Tama po ba ang sinususog nila na dapat suportahan natin yung may dala dalang armas, na nagkaroon na ng patayan? (That suggestion is wrong. Is it correct that we support those who are carrying arms, and there is killing?)” he said.

Malaysia had also repeatedly urged the Filipinos to leave peacefully after they slipped past naval patrols last month and occupied a remote village in an obscure part of Sabah’s eastern seaboard.

The Filipinos refused to leave, insisting that Sabah, a state rich with timber and oil, had once belonged to their royal sultanate for more than a century and should be handed back.

Malaysian soldiers and police on Tuesday attacked the area that the Filipinos have occupied for three weeks in an extraordinary siege intended to highlight their territorial claim to the entire state of Sabah, which the Filipinos insist is their ancestral birthright. With report from Associated Press


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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XJ6M3EEK5LGN77YOMKJHBCXF7Q jeronimo

    “As head of the state, Aquino said it was his obligation to protect the interest of the majority of the Filipinos.” — and the minority? ———–  As head of the state you must protect the interest of the FILIPINOS, not just the majority.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rene.isla.75 Rene Isla

       If a minority will disregard legal and diplomatic means to achieve their goal and drag the rest of the country into more trouble, do we support them too? Marami na tayong problemang di nalulutas, dadagdagan pa natin. Why don’t you suggest that we invade the Spratlys and the Paracels as well and drag the whole country into war?

      • http://www.facebook.com/abdelhadi.mohammadisa Abdel Hadi Mohammad Isa

        It’s not a trouble of the Sultanate alone, it’s a problem of the entire nation a long time ago that we chose to forget. What the heirs and their supporters did was hardly an act of war but a symbolic act that they choose to remember that Sabah is part of the Philippines. You may think these people as mere stupid gunmen, but they know more of war than you in your ivory tower and that 200 men is not enough for an invasion. They merely chose to disregard the boundary that they believe had no legal basis. And remember that many symbolic acts are illegal since only by civil disobedience do the governments heed the calls of the oppressed, a tactic of Mohandas Gandhi in his revolution against the British.

        Though more political forces are at play here than what it seems, it should not be the policy of Filipinos to be apathetic to the problems of their fellowmen. Its that exact mentality of “wag mo ako idamay sa problema mo” mentality why our country is in such a mess.This action, if you analyzed it well, is more of a reaction to recent government policies that the stakeholders in the issue deemed that to desperately take it into their own hands is the only logical thing to do left, something that most filipinos find themselves doing in all aspects of life as you can never really depend on the government these days.

      • batangpaslit

        well said…you are brilliant

      • nasanangbatas?

        finally. thank you should say it to mr. aquino.

      • nasanangbatas?

        oh come on please. SUPPORT AND PROTECT ARE NOT THE SAME. intindihin niyo nmn… hindi nmn hinihiling na suportahan eh kasi may ibang pilipino nmn ng ayaw ng gera. ang mali lng sa pangulo hindi siya gumawa ng aksyon ang sinabi niya lang SUMUKO which is not right term na sabihin. kasi alam ng mga yan pag SUMUKO SILA para narin nilang sinabing mali sila at pumapayag na sila na angkinin ng malaysia ang SABAH. tapos tinakot pa ni noynoy. dapat lang prinotektahan niya, bago pa ng yari ang barilan gusto na siyang kausapin ng sultanato pero siya itong ayaw makipag usap dahil gusto niyang sumuko ang mga royal army muna. eh alam nmn niya na hindi gagwa ng kilos na masama ang mga royal army kong kinausap niya na ang sultanato bago pa mag ka gulo eh. dapat namagitan na siya sa malaysia and sultanato at pag usapan ng maayos at idaan na lang sa magandang usapan or ipropose niya na mag file n lang ng claim sa ICJ. then make an agreement that what ever the ICJ decision will has to respect of every side. diba… napaka simple lang… pero anong ginawa niya nag matigas. ang pride niya… sobra… 

    • batangpaslit

      tama

    • nasanangbatas?

      tama

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/57B4JMONTDBCOQGMVPO4KHR2Z4 ronaldo

    TAMA KA DYAN…DAPAT MAINTINDIHAN YAN NG LAHAT NG PILIPINO….NGAYON PA NA GUMAGANDA NA  ANG ECONOMY NG PILIPINAS…MERONG NASA LIKOD YAN NA SUMUSULSOL KAY KIRAM PARA MAGKAWATAK-WATAK ANG PILIPINAS…

    • Edward Reyes

      SIGE NGA RONALDO…….IPALIWANAG MO NGA SA AMIN..KUNG PAPAANO GUMANDA ANG ECONOMIYA NATIN…??

      SIGE NGA..TIGNAN NATIN KUNG TALAGANG NAIITINDIHAN MO ANG TAKBO NG ECONOMIYA ????IPALIWANAG MO NGA KUNG  PAANO GUMANDA ANG ECONOMIYA >>  Hindi mo masasagot yan …DAHIL HINDI MO RIN ALAM..PAREHO NI ABNOY… !!!!!.

      6.6.GDP growth—ano yan malaki pa sa  USA at CHINA ?? ALAM MO BA KUNG ANO ANG GDP natin..?? AGRICULTURE !!!  sa araw araw na nakkikita mong smuggled na bigas,bawang,sibuyas,baboy at pati Manok…SMUGGLED na rin…..PAPAANO SA TINGIN MO KIKITA ANG MAGSASAKA ??? SIGE NGA ,IPALIWANAG MO NOYTARD KA..SA BUONG PILIPINO SAAN NYO KINUHA YANG 6.6.  GROWTH nayan……TUMIGIL KA NA– SA PANGLOLOKO NYO SA TAO !!!…..TAMA NA !!! MULA NG PUMASOK ANG PAMILYANG YAN (AQUINOI-COJUANGCO-LOPEZ)….NINAKAW NA NILA ANG LAHAT NG PAGAARI NATIN !! WINASAK NA NILA ANG BANSA NATIN…NI ISA..WALANG GINAWA YANG SI ABNOY MULA NG NAGING POLITICIANS SHA… 12 YEAR AZS A LEGISLATOR…NI ISA..WALANG GINAWA ANG ANIMAL NA YAN……TAPOS MAG IMBENTO NA NAMAN KAYO..COMO MALAPIT NA ANG ELECTIION—???? —-TAMA NA !!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/44RALU2ARTIM3I6BQV75HRDSLU greg

        totoo sinasabi ni rolando kaming mga OFW randam namin ang pag ganda ng economy dyan dahil sa ngayon 39.50 ang palitan ng piso sa dolyar dati 45 pesos ngayon sabihin mo kung hindi gumaganda ang economy dyan ganoong malaki ang binaba dito ng dollar ….at nakabili pa ng hellicopter na sokol hindi lang iyon on going narin iyong f/a 50 jet na binili ng pinas sa korea at puro bago na ang mga baril ng sunadalo natin meron pang bagong fire track na dumating na mga 40 track na galing sa australia meron pa 10 barko na mangagaling sa japan ngayon masasabi mo bang hindi gumaganda ang economy ng pinas mag basa-basa ka wag iyang puro bunga-nga ang ginagamit  mo….alam namin dito sa labas ng bansa ang nangyayari dyan ……..kaya tumahimik kanalang sana wag puro batikos wala kanaman na itulong sa gobyerno natin mag bayad ka ng tax mo mas ma igi ang alam mo kasi puro smuggled ……baka isa ka sa mga yan dahi  alam mo lahat na klase ng smuggled………………

      • nasanangbatas?

        and for the record yung barko donation po un. at kung sinasabi niyo na gumaganda ang economiya ng pilipinas mali po kayo, OO lumalakas ang economiya ng pilipinas pero hindi maganda dahil nalulugi ang mga mahihirap na tao at ang nakikinabang lang ang mga mayayaman. dahil ang  ginagawa ni MR. Aquino ay mostly ay programa para sa econmiya na for rich people in the country. no wonder mas dumami ang pilipinong bilyonaryo sa forbes. makikita niyo pa na gumaganda ang economiya kong ang presyo ng mga bilihin ay bumaba rin habang pataas ang economiyo pero hindi po eh. sa katunayan mas tumaas presyo pa ang mga lokal na prodokto. kaya ang tinatangkilik ng mga consumer ay ung mga galing sa ibang bansa dahil mas tinatangkilik ng mga consumer ang mga produktong dayuhan mas maraming humihirap pero ang tax at GDP lumalaki. kaya nasasabing lumalakas ang economiya. na gets niyo po ba. ang nakikinabang lang ang mga mayayaman at ang mga HINDI PILIPINONG NEGOSYANTE. samantalang ang mga maliliit na pilipino na namumuhunan katulad ng mga magsasaka ay hindi kumikita. wag po nating pag basehan ang palit ng dolyar. 

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/44RALU2ARTIM3I6BQV75HRDSLU greg

        boy for the record na sinasabi mo na barko ay binili yan lahat na barko na darating dyan  binenta sa atin na mura hindi mahal tawag doon .soft lloan ‘dahil sa panahon ngayon walang libre o donate . barko ang pinag uusapan at isa pa noy kung ang bakal mahal ang kilo walang libre  kahit mag pagawa ka ng bahay mo kung may libre at sa sisnasabi mong mahal ang bilihin hindi naman kaagad baba yan na parang isang kisap mata.hintay kalang ng ilang buwan tignan mo baka mabigla ka …kung ang mga gasolina dyan bumaba na eh hindi kaagad..at saka sa produkto na sinasabi mo ikaw ang may kasalan hindi mo tinatangkilik ang produkto natin na high quality.umasa ka sa mura ngunit kung hind tumataga ika nga low quality kung baga mga gamit mo ata made in china…at saka kaming mga ofw nag papbili ng mga gamit dya sa pinas..mga dimit na produkto ng pinas pinag mamalaki namin yan dito …dapat ganon ka din maging proud ka sa mga made ng pinas .isa pa noy ito lang din sabihin ko sa iyo kaya bumabaksak economy ng pinas dahil sa tulad mo na hindi mo tinatakilik prudukto na sariling atin .ikaw nag sabi na mahal kaya hindi ka tumatangkilk ng produkto nati…sa sinsabi mong mag sasaka kung alam mo lang din noy kahit umuwi ka sa probinsiya mo ngayon binahigi na lupa sa kanila sarili nila ang lupang sakahan nila baka ikw wala kang lupa….at sa dolyar naman binabasi  din yan noy kung alam mulang din nag aaral ka diba.pag bumaba ang dollar noy baba sa markado ang krudo ibig sabihin ko noy pag bumili ka sa markado ng krudo binabayd dyan dollar ok na intindihan mo once na bumaba ang dollar  bumababa din an krudo pansinin mo yan pag mababa ang dollar tumatats ang piso .mababa ang bili natin sa dolalr na intindihan mo ba ibg kong sabin…sana naitindihan mo dahil pag bumaba na ang bili sa krudo baba narin iyong mga bilihin kasi noy lahat na transaction gumagamit ng krudo noy gay ng mag pagkain at koryente sasakyan .at ibapa gumagmit ng krudo kaya pag bumaba yan baba rin lahat na bilihin ,,kaya nga noy hindi peso reserve money ng bangko sentral ng pilipinas kung di dolyar ang reserve money ng pinas sa tingin ko alam moyan kaya lahat noy bumabase sa dolyar tandaan mo yan pag naging OFW ka malaman mo yan ,,ok naka kuha kaman sana ng aral sa akin ganun din naman ako nakakuha din ako ng aral thank you noy
         

  • http://www.facebook.com/vidal.delapus Vidal Delapus

    sabi ng malacanang mayroon ng ipinadala sa malaysia para ayusin ang kaguluhan doon maliban ky del rosario nandoon daw rin si Llamas kasi mayron naman daw siyang ek47.

    • batangpaslit

      eK47 = ek ek, eh?

  • Edward Reyes

    noynoy you are as stupid as it comes….. how much intelligence  does it needs for you to understand , that you are not suppose to be taking sides ,when the matter consist of a territorial dispute, that we clearly have a valid claim ?? 

    They are filipinos  by blood and by Virtue, therefore, IT IS YOUR DUTY  TO  MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE SAFE ,and it does not matter how long it takes, or how much it cost !!!… you dont  castigate them in public, and specially  not when other race and country is involved==……YOU NEVER DO  THAT..NOYNOY AQUINO !!!!  YOU STUPID IGNORANT MORON !! umalis ka nga dyan…saksakan ka ng BOBO !! animal ka !!

    • Mike335

      You’re an assjack!!

      By acting like terrorists, these clowns (Kiram, Misuari, etc.) have lost the right to be treated as Filipinos!

      Think you know better? Go to Sabah and go to war with your clown pals!

      Assjack!!

  • batangpaslit

    hindi ko maintindihan itong Presidente. sana 2016 na para makapamili ng bagong presidente ang mga Filipino na marunong makipag negotiate
    hahaha…

  • Mike335

    All here in favor of what the clowns in Sabah did to “claim their land” – go to Sabah with your clown nose and polka-dot suits and fight the war with your clown friends!!

    I suggest you become President first before you act like you know better and can do better!

    Destabilizing government efforts – like what all you clowns( supporters of Kiram) here are doing – is not the definition of doing the country any good!

    All of you are assjacks!! 

    • nasanangbatas?

      from the last word you wrote, i can tell what kind of person you are. when normal and educated people expressing their opinion they dont use inappropriate word. what for? 

      and how do you propose to solve our claims to sabah, when their prime minister already proclaim that the sabah is their’s forever. it means that they ignoring our petition to ICJ. and as a president he should protect (not support) every citizen of his country. therefore mr aquino, as a president, should be doing something, at least convince malaysia for ceasefire after all the sultanate already said that they want a ceasefire. 

  • Mike335

    Sugbuanon86, magpunta ka na ng Sabah at makipag-Robin Padilla ka na doon kasama ang mga teroristang Kiram at Misuari!

    Huwag ka na dumakdak dito at magkalat ng basura mong pananaw…

  • Mike335

    Mga paltos na taga-suporta ng Kiram at Misuari – basahin nyo nakalagay sa CNN patungkol sa mga idol nyo:

    “Malaysia hunts Filipino intruders on Borneo after offensive”
    Ngayon alam na nyo kung ano tingin ng mundo sa mga katulad nyong utak Kiram, Misuari, etc. – MGA TERORISTA!!

  • disqusted0fu

    There is nothing new with Pnoy and blaming people, that’s the only successful thing he’s done whenever the country is facing a crisis. He can’t face an issue head on because he doesn’t know how. The only thing that Pnoy did in this issue is to demand the sultanates to get out of Sabah and threaten them with facing the full force of the law.

  • Senippilihp

    You are supposed to fix that wrong you worthless piece of turd. You don’t even have any remorse for every life that is lost in the fighting. WTF are you up there for?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZZE64QAVVQZR5SZJBAJNTS4YY Dustin Tan

      Tell me how he can fix this thing if the Sulu Sultanate’s men won’t even cooperate…

      • nasanangbatas?

        As head of the state, Aquino said it was his obligation to protect the interest of the majority of the Filipinos. and for the record the sultanate tried to talk to him personally but he kept ignoring it. that’s prior the first firefight. 



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