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Stopping the ‘Abu Sayyaf’

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When the two Germans being held by an armed group in Sulu were released on Oct. 17 after six months in captivity, a Philippine military spokesman announced that the foreigners were freed because of the pressure exerted by the military and that, in keeping with government policy, no ransom was paid to the kidnappers.

Posted: November 6th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Fallout from a tragedy

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Last week two German hostages being held by the Abu Sayyaf since April were released after full payment of a P250-million ransom demand. This according to Abu Sayyaf sources.

Posted: October 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The dollars and sense of it

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At no time since its foundation in the 15th century has the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo been so much in the news.

Posted: April 28th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,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 »

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