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SC rejects plea to compel DFA to press Sabah claim

/ 05:25 PM April 11, 2013

MANILA, Philippines—The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the petition that called on the high court to compel the government through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to formally push for the Philippines’ claim on Sabah.

During its en banc (full court) summer session in Baguio, the high court has decided to dismiss the case for lack of merit.

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The high court said they cannot compel a co-equal branch of government to make a political decision as it pointed on the separation of powers.

The petition was filed by taxpayer Louis “Barok” Biraogo urging the high court to order Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Del Rosario to elevate the Sabah claim to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague or any other international fora authorized under international laws.

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Biraogo said the Philippines, not Malaysia owns Sabah based on historical records.

Earlier, Biraogo also filed a petition urging the high court to compel the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to prohibit political dynasties. The petition was, however dismissed by the high court.

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