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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 »

How Maguindanao and Cotabato rulers helped Sulu win Sabah

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AN IRANUN sea raider, attired in cotton-quilted vest and armed with a spear, kris and “kampilan” decorated with human hair. The Iranuns were subjects of Sultan Kudarat.  PHOTO BY James Francis Warren, “Iranun and Balangingi: Globalization, Maritime Raiding and the Birth of Ethnicity.” 2002

The Sultanate of Maguindanao and the kingdom of Buayan in upper Cotabato played key roles in ending a civil war in Brunei in the 17th century that resulted in the Sulu sultanate being rewarded a huge swath of territory called Sabah.

Posted: March 30th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Sabah issue in international law

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Under a treaty entered into with the sultans of Sulu and Maguindanao in 1640, the Spaniards recognized the independence of the two sultanates. Thus, the Sulu sultan later became the sovereign ruler of Sabah.

Posted: March 23rd, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Global audience for Sabah

Two events this past week may mark a turning point in the Sabah dispute. The first was when the Philippine government called upon its Malaysian counterpart to “clarify” reports about human rights abuses by Malaysian security forces on our nationals. The second was when the Malaysian government barred Filipino journalists from entering Sabah, only to relent a day later and allow them access to evacuation camps. These show that both sides realize that there is a global audience they must address and global standards of justice they need to satisfy.

Posted: March 15th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The last sultan

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How copious is our understanding of the Sultanate of Sulu? If Malacañang’s statement is true, that it has only begun consulting historical documents, then that understanding is miserably wanting. Manila has always had an ambivalent appreciation of the sultanate and its rightful place as an institution in Philippine polity.

Posted: March 11th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Utter waste

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Late last week, Nur Misuari took P-Noy to task for apparently mishandling the Sabah crisis.

Posted: March 11th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

We invite problems because we repeat our mistakes

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The Occupy Sabah gambit by the heirs/descendants of the 17th-century Sultan of Sulu could not have come at a worst time.

Posted: March 11th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

UN stops Sabah killing fields

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The United Nations stepped in Thursday to end the fighting in Sabah before it turns into genocide: Malaysia’s overwhelming air-ground military task force attacking about 300 armed followers of the Sultan of Sulu.

Posted: March 7th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Chop-chopping the historical truth

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A strange thing happened a few days ago. Nur Misuari came out in media blasting President Aquino, gave the President unsolicited advice, and then accused him of siding with Malaysia against Filipinos. I kept reading the news (thankfully, I missed the bizarre scene on TV) and wondered how history is so easily forgotten. And I am not talking only about Sabah.

Posted: March 7th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

The Sabah standoff and the Palmas case

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Let’s not even talk of the Philippine title to Sabah which the P-Noy administration is apparently still studying. Let’s just talk about basic obligations, and not just privileges of states.

Posted: March 6th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Gov’t neglected to ensure safety of our Moro brothers

Partido Lakas ng Masa condemns the assault by the Malaysian armed forces, commandos and Marines that led to the death of 19 members of the Sulu Sultan’s security forces and the death of eight Malaysian policemen. We believe that our Filipino brothers are camped out in Kampung Tanduao, Lahad Datu, to dramatize the claim to Sabah.

Posted: March 6th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Scary

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AP reported it objectively, telling it from both sides. “In Manila, Jamalul Kiram III told reporters that he was worried the violence in Sabah might spread because many Filipinos are upset by the killing of their compatriots in Lahad Datu. His daughter, Jacel, who is a sultanate princess, stressed the sultanate would never back down from its struggle to reclaim Sabah. ‘This concerns honor above life’.”

Posted: March 5th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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