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Bangsamoro: plebiscite by town, not by province

Neal Cruz’s report about government peace panel member Senen Bacani’s approach to the Bangsamoro plebiscite is rather disquieting, since it will be by province and not by town (“No deal on Sabah issue, gov’t panel says,” Opinion, 4/2/14). Whole populations can be stranded behind artificial borders without their consent, giving rise to a Sudeten-like situation.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

No deal on Sabah issue, gov’t panel says

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The issue of Sabah was not discussed during the peace talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, with Malaysia as referee. This was the assurance given by members of the government panel to journalists at the Kapihan sa Manila at the Diamond Hotel last Monday. The panel members at the Kapihan were chair Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and members Senen Bacani (a former agriculture secretary) and Yasmin Busran Lao.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

What will happen to PH ownership of Sabah?

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The comprehensive peace agreement signed by the national government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) is not so comprehensive after all. It raised more questions to which there are no clear answers yet.

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Remember Sabah

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NOT TO be a party-pooper, but something sticks in my craw and raises my hackles when Malaysia is mentioned by Filipinos in such glowing terms—and the remarks of Pres. Benigno Aquino III were no exception.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The year that was

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The year began benignly enough, looking to controvert the reputation of “13” as an unlucky number. In February, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo herself changed her tune and grudgingly gave P-Noy high marks for economic performance. Since the latter half of 2012, the country had been posting record rates of growth.

Posted: December 30th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Foreign policy begins at home

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Ambassador Nelson D. Laviña’s critique (“Not really against Sabah,” (Letters, 5/21/13) on my commentary, “The case against Sabah,” (Opinion, 4/20/13) conveniently left out obvious features of the Western colonial powers during their early stage of expansion.

Posted: May 31st, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Stalemates in Sabah and the Spratlys

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The stalemates in Sabah and in the Spratly chain of islands have one essential thing in common: They both represent a legal dilemma.

Posted: May 26th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The case against Sabah

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I am amused by the flag-waving and saber-rattling of some of our countrymen obsessed with that resource-rich land south of Sulu known as Sabah. While I do not pass judgment on the veracity of historical documents that may tip the scale of evidence of ownership and even sovereignty in our favor, I question the wisdom of a claim that has no chance of winning in the most supreme court of all: the sentiments and views of the inhabitants of Sabah.

Posted: April 20th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Should PH pursue claim to Sabah?

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Posted: April 6th, 2013 in Infographics,Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Sabah and Bangsamoro

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Has anyone imagined that if Agbimuddin Kiram succeeded in Sabah, Bangsamoro would have an additional territory of 30,000 square miles, the Sultan of Sulu (or the Philippines) would reap about $95 billion in annual revenue, and the Philippine government would get substantial taxes? After all, legally, Malaysia does not have de jure sovereignty over Sabah.

Posted: April 6th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Hard work ahead

The work of the Transition Commission for the Bangsamoro region got under way the other day; it is no exaggeration to say that the undertaking is burdened with the high expectations of millions of Filipinos. By the terms of the 2012 Framework Agreement, signed with much fanfare and even more emotion in Malacañang last October, [...]

Posted: April 4th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Exodus

After the crackdown, the exodus. A government official estimates that as many as 100,000 Filipinos in Sabah may return to Mindanao by the end of May—a massive remigration that needs to be prepared for. Will the government be ready? And is the Sultanate of Sulu, whose incursion into Sabah precipitated the crisis, in a position [...]

Posted: April 3rd, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

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