Aquino explains why he’s not sending our armed troops to Sabah

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President Benigno Aquino III

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—”What do you want me to do?” an exasperated President Benigno Aquino III asked during a political rally here on Wednesday, explaining his administration’s actions on the Sabah situation.

Speaking at Team PNoy’s campaign held at the Rizal Park, Aquino lamented criticisms that he has been receiving for his alleged lack of actions to address the problem in Sabah.

“Hindi raw po ako maka-Filipino. Kulang raw ang ginagawa ko para sa kanila (They say I am not pro-Filipino, that what I am doing is not enough),” he said.

“Ang gusto po yata nila ipadala natin ang ating buong sandatahan at samahan sila sa marahas na pakikipagbakbakan tulad ng pagtulak nila sa peligro sa ating mga kababayan. (It seems what they want for us to do is to deploy our entire armed forces and join them in their violent means, like pushing our countrymen into disaster.)”

“Gusto ba nilang isubo na rin natin ang 95 milyong Filipino sa kaguluhan? Sino po ngayon ang walang pakundangan sa kapwa Pilipino? (Do they want us to submit our 95 million Filipinos into such chaos?  Who has no consideration for our fellow Filipinos now?),” he said.

Aquino added he had always reminded and appealed to the sultan of Sulu and his followers in Sabah to return to the country and peacefully discuss the problem.

At the same time, Aquino maintained that he would not allow one’s personal interest to prevail over the welfare of the majority of Filipino people.

“So ano ho bang gusto nilang gawin ko? Pag pinadala ba natin ang sandatahang lakas natin dyan, yung Malaysia ba hindi mag iisip na; ‘Aba, tumutulong ba kayo sa solusyon o lalaki pa ulit ang problema dahil dumami pa lalo ang mga  armado? (So what do they really want me to do? If we send our armed forces there, do they know that Malaysia would think: ‘Are you helping in providing solution or contributing to the gravity of the problem because of the increased number of armed men?)” he said.

“Pag dumating naman po dun ay hind armado baka naman mamaya ma-hostage pa ang ating sandatahang lakas, lumaki na naman ang ating problema.Tama po ba? (If we send unarmed troops, they might be taken hostage, our problem will get bigger. Am I right?)” the President asked the crowd.

“Tama (Right),” the crowd answered back.

Aquino reiterated that the Sabah situation could only be addressed through a fair, peaceful and reasonable dialogue.

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  • Raymond Adam

    He looks boyish despite his age but very very wise.
    The son of Ninoy will not let you down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/erick.labandia Erick Labandia

    GUSTO NI PINOY MAGKAKAMATAYAN ANG MGA MUSLIM AT WALA SIYANG NAGAWA DHIL ANG MGA RALLY NILA SA MINDANAO AY NILALANGAW???? YAN ANG 220 DYAN SANA ERAP NALANG ANG PRESIDENTE D PA SANA MANGYARI NAYAN.

  • http://www.facebook.com/erick.labandia Erick Labandia

    D NA MANANALO ANG MGA MANOK NI PINOY SA SENADO DHIL SA MGA GAGAWAN NYA?SA 220 LANG NANALO SI PINOY NOON DHIL SA MOTHER CORY AQUINO NYA NGAYON D NA MAMANALO YAN?

  • http://www.facebook.com/erick.labandia Erick Labandia

    BKIT NYO DENELITE ANG MESEGES KO PARA MABASA NG LAHAT NATING MGA KABABAYAN NGAYON ALAM KONA ANG GUSTO NYO LANG ANG INYO

  • http://www.facebook.com/erick.labandia Erick Labandia

    WALANG MALI SA GINAGAWA NG SULTAN SOLDERS KINUKUHA LANG NILA ANG SA KANILA?TAPOS ANG SABI LANG NI PINOY UWI KAYO PARA KAKASUHAN KAYO NG REBELLION TAMA BAYAN?????? D LANG SABIHIN UWI NA KAYO DTO PARA PAG UUSAPAN NATIN KONG ANONG DAPAT NATING GAWIN PARA MARESOLBA ANG INYONG PROBLEMA?D BA TAMA????

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001841971358 Robert Silanga

    Sana tumulong ang gobyerno natin ng patago bigyan sana ng mga armas na malalakas tulad ng anti aircraft,anti tank and anti military vehicle tulad ng land mine.Dapat din i train ang gusto tumulong sa sultan hindi yon gobyerno mismo tumutulong sa malaysia hulihin ang mga tauhan ng sultan wala na nga nagawa gobyerno na natin tapos yan pa ang gagawin nila sa mga tau ng sultan dati idol ko mga aquino ngayon nawala na ang tiwala ko dahil sa ginawa ng tatay ni nonoy na bununyag ang jabida massacre tuloy ngkaroon ng gera sa mindanao na kinasawi ng libo-libong pilipino kong hindi lng nawala si marcos sana nasa atin na ang sabah

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