By Tarra Quismundo
The Aquino administration and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will sign by the end of March a final peace agreement, ending four decades of conflict in Mindanao and opening the way for development of the rich but impoverished island in southern Philippines.
By Nikko Dizon
Sabah remains elusive to the Sultanate of Sulu a year after the daring revival of its claim to the resource rich land that Malaysia calls its own.
By Christian V. Esguerra
President Aquino is keeping his cards close to his chest on whether the Philippine government would pursue its claim on Sabah during the remainder of his term.
In February, a group composed of civilians and members of what was called “Royal Security Forces of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo” landed in Tanduo village in Lahad Datu town, Sabah. The leader of the group was Agbimuddin Kiram, younger brother of Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram.
The whereabouts of the 72-year-old Agbimuddin Kiram who led the armed Sulu intrusion into Tanduo village here in February remain a mystery.