Sabah not a poll issue–UNA



MANILA, Philippines—The leadership of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) has officially agreed not to use the Sabah conflict as a campaign issue but it is another thing for individual candidates.

Rep. Toby Tiangco, the UNA campaign manager, said Wednesday that while the UNA would steer clear of the issue, it would not stop its candidates from speaking out on what is happening in Sabah.

Tiangco said he himself personally felt that the Aquino administration had mishandled the situation in Sabah, which has claimed the lives of Malaysian police and followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III.

He said his feeling was the Aquino administration “will self-destruct because of this.”

Tiangco said UNA wanted to keep off the Sabah issue as it did not want the rival Team PNoy to accuse it of capitalizing on the controversy.

He said UNA was focused on “maximizing” the presence of its top leaders—deposed President Joseph Estrada, Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile—in its campaign.

Don’t capitalize on issue

In Cagayan de Oro City where he was campaigning Wednesday, Sen. Francis Escudero said senatorial candidates should not capitalize on the Sabah issue to advance their campaign.

“This is not an election issue and should not be used to propel politicians into the limelight. Do not use the issue to make yourselves popular (among the voters),” he said.

Escudero asked “those who are fanning the flames” to desist as it could “trigger war” between the Philippines and Malaysia.

He cited a statement made by some politicians, whom he would not name, that the government should send the Armed Forces to support the Sultan’s followers was misplaced advice.

“We cannot use force to advance our cause in reclaiming Sabah, however high or morally right our claim is,” he said.

According to Escudero, President Aquino should be given a free hand in working and deciding on the issue but should be made accountable for the result of his actions once the issue has been resolved.

“If there’s a problem afterwards, then we should demand accountability after the issue has been resolved,” he said.

He said what Aquino needs now was support and not criticism, noting that some politicians are even talking of impeaching the President.

Congressional probe


“We should put our voices together behind our President while the Sabah issue is hot,” Escudero said.

Militant lawmakers have called for a congressional probe into the Sabah crisis, particularly Aquino’s “mishandling” of the issue. They also said the President had committed treason for siding with the Malaysian government.

“Aquino clearly committed treason when he did nothing as Malaysian forces attacked the Filipinos in Sabah,” Vencer Crisostomo, Anakbayan national chairman, said in a statement.

“He essentially gave the green light to the Malaysian government to proceed and massacre the Filipinos in Sabah. This is unforgivable, blood is on his hands,” he said.

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  • idiotsanakmelayu223

    Clearly treason, impeach this Pnoy, no need to blah blah blah blah

    • Labandera1

      neck yourself bloody idiotsanakpuki223

  • jhonil

    anak bayan makitid utak nyo!!!!!crisostomo nakisawsaw ka lng sa isyu pero ang 22o wala ka rin maibgay na solusyon!!!!!

    • SabahKayoNgInaNyo

       at kaya nyo ba magbigay ng solusyon??? eto ba ang paraan nyo???

  • jhonil

    i support the president he made the right choice!!he just thinking the filipino welfare in sabah.the kirum is selfish they want to drag the philippines to war.negotiation is the best option.

    • Labandera1


  • Albert Einstien

    Section 1. The Philippines is a democratic and republican State. Sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them.
    Section 3. . The Armed Forces of the Philippines is the protector of the people and the State ( NOT the FAILED  GOVT ) . Its goal is to secure the sovereignty of the State and the integrity of the national territory.
    Section 4. The prime duty of the Government is to serve and protect the people. The Government may call upon the people to defend the State and, in the fulfillment thereof, all citizens may be required, under conditions provided by law, to render personal, military or civil service.
    ·        MALAYSIANs DROPPING NAPALM BOMBS to filipino citizens  “Napalm is the most terrible pain you can imagine,” said Kim Phúc, a napalm bombing survivor known from a famous Vietnam War photograph. “Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius (212°F). Napalm generates temperatures of 800 to 1,200 degrees Celsius (1,500-2,200°F).”. The effect was not always purely physical as napalm had psychological effects on the enemy as well…….such INHUMAN & BARBARIC treatment of our citizens…… OUR OWN TERRITORY ( even acknowledged it by all RP GOVTs..including this PNOY MAKAPILI govt. )  …so why  NOT HELP the HAPLESS citizens  & DENOUNCE MALASIA in STRONGEST TERMS.. if GOVT itself ACKNOWLEDGED  that SABAH is RP TERRITORY… ………who can stomach this abomination if not  the evil spirit..
    Section 1. Public office is a public trust. Public officers and employees must, at all times, be ACCOUNTABLE to the PEOPLE, serve them with UTMOST RESPONSIBLITY , integrity, LOYALTY , and efficiency; ACT with PATRIOTISM and JUSTICE, and lead modest lives.
    Section 2. The President, the Vice-President, the Members of the Supreme Court, the Members of the Constitutional Commissions, and the Ombudsman may be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, CULPABLE violation of the Constitution, TREASON, bribery, graft and corruption, other high crimes, or BETRAYAL  of public trust. All other public officers and employees may be removed from office as provided by law, but not by impeachment.
    ARTICLE VII sec.5  …………OATH OF OFFICE…………………….
    “I   ( pnoy MAKAPILI & MALASya spokesperson )  do solemnly swear that I will faithfully and conscientiously fulfill my duties as President of the Philippines ( NOT MALAYSIA ), preserve and defend its Constitution ( of RP NOT MALAYSIA ), execute its laws, do justice to every man, and consecrate myself to the service of the Nation  ( RP NOT MALAYSIA ). So help me God.”
    AFP…alam nyo naman ang KATOTOHANAN…yang mga BARKO at ARMAS nyo pati SWELDO NYO….kaya IBINIBIGAY ng TAOMBAYAN yan ..HINDI yan galing ke pnoy….ibinigay SA inyo YAN dahil sa PRIME DUTY nyo…PROTECT the PEOPLE,  SECURE TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY AT SOVEREIGNTY…pero bakit kayo NAGPAPAGAMIT sa BALUKTOT at ILLEGAL na ORDER….
    It’s not unpatriotic to denounce an injustice committed on our behalf, perhaps it’s the most patriotic thing we can do.”
    ― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly……

    • Labandera1

      Dami mo pang section section diyan. Heto maikli lang: Si Kiram ay ginagamit lang ng mga instigators katulad ni KSP kulang sa pansin na basang sisiw Nur Missuari at iba pang war freaks na pansarili lamang ang nasa isip……hayan it covers all sections…

      • SabahKayoNgInaNyo

         Ibig bang sabihin uto-uto ang isang Royal Blood ng Sulu??? at mas magaling at mas mahusay ka sa kanya??? at dapat ang alam mo ang gawin ng mga Filipino???

      • Labandera1

        OO mas mahusay ako sa kanya totoy baktin SabahKayoNgnaNyo…kung ako lang si Kiram wala sanang namatay kasi hinding hindi ako magpadala sa mga instigators na pansarili lamang ang iniisip…..

  • Vin

    Escudero to the resuce kay PNoy… sipsip… atupagin mo na lang love life mo with heart

  • Julius

    not a poll issue.  pero humirit pa rin si tiangco on sabah.  what a hyporcrite.

  • Ghost

    UNA cannot use the Sabah issue to attack PNOY because most people think pinoy did the right thing. Of course Pnoy became tactless but generally he did the right thing, i.e. not being dragged into foolishness and chose to enforce the law against lawbreakers.

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