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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 »

Of kings, sultans and Sabah

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Once upon a time there were kings and sultans. They were absolute monarchs. They were sovereign. They owned the land. They knighted nobles or named datus to whom they parceled out their lands in exchange for service in times of war and revolution, and in times of peace. Now, it is the people who are [...]

Posted: March 19th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Irony: Malaysian-trained Sulu fighters

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There is a touch of irony in the fighting in Sabah where Malaysian forces, using eight fighter jets, laser-guided bombs, artillery and hundreds of troops, have failed to subdue a handful of Filipino Muslims from Sulu.

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

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