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ATTENTION! This blog is the genuine Sabah Claim Society.

We are Philippine patriots who have grouped together from around the world and who created the Sabah Claim Society group originally on Facebook on 15 July 2011 and counted close to 6,000 members.

But on 5 October 2011 our group on Facebook was traitorously hijacked by two people we had invited to join us as group admins but who, we learned later on, had been hired to sabotage our patriotic group by a group of sinister individuals sporting fake European sounding nobility titles and other spurious Tausug/Sulu titles ['bestowed' and indiscriminately distributed on Facebook] and organized by a combined team of charlatans namely a datu (sporting a fake sultan title) and the latter's handler who is conveniently sporting an absolutely fake 'princely' title as well.

Please be warned that the said group of individuals, we believe, are in fact con artists out to "claim" Sabah for "get rich quick" reasons and are not genuine Philippine patriots. Their motive, we have discovered, is to be able to convince Malaysians that they are genuine Sulu royalty and pro-Philippine Sabah claim supporters in order to extract from Malaysia (which has control of Sabah today) a premium for letting go of the Sabah claim.

For more information on the Philippine Sabah claim, please join the ongoing discussions by clicking on the following link on Facebook: Philippine Sabah Claim Forum

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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

The Catholic priest in Sabah who was at the forefront of an independent Sabah


Historiana: The Catholic priest* in Sabah who was at the forefront of an independent Sabah 

In 1990, Benjamin Basintal (in picture), a Catholic priest led a 'revolution' from within Sabah. 

Basintal was linked to a Sabah secession plot in 1990. He went missing during that year detained under Kuala Lumpur's dreaded Internal Security Act (ISA) and possibly tortured. He had been hounded and harassed continuously by Kuala Lumpur agents. The loss of Barisan Nasional in the 1990 election and the victory of Christian-dominated PBS, the Sabah political party much hated by Mahathir, was attributed to his disappearance.

Benjamin Basintal was not your typical Catholic missionary priest. He was vocal about denouncing the inequities in Sabah, the corruption of its politicians and the greed and injustice of Kuala Lumpur.

According to his relatives, Benjamin saw Sabah "with its abundant natural resources on one side and many of its people abjectly poor on the other side was a gapping wound. The state’s wealth that could help lift them out of the poverty trap was instead paying for vanity projects elsewhere in Malaysia and this was an affront to him."

Basintal left for the United States soon after his release by Kuala Lumpur's ISA. How he got to leave Sabah remains a mystery. He studied journalism and went into teaching when he returned to Sabah.

Benjamin Basintal died of organ failure last month, a few weeks away from the Sabah elections.

*NB: What most Filipinos don't know is that Sabah used to be predominantly Christian until Mahathir imported Muslim would-be voters from Indonesia and the Philippines, a project he hatched from the time he came to power in 1981 and executed for a number of years until he retired from politics in 2003. Mahathir exported Bumiputra Malayans from Peninsular Malaysia with wads of cash (I kid thee not) and promises of a good life for them if they stayed and lived in Sabah, and of course, they had to vote Barisan Nasional or BN (Mahathir's party and Najib's party today.) Sabah had to be "de-Christianised" so to speak.

Mahathir was still flooding Sabah with Bumiputras from Peninsular Malaysia while I was living in Kuala Lumpur in the 90s. I also remember too well the stories surrounding the trial of the owner and publisher of the Borneo Mail which first bannered the disappearance of Basintal. Borneo Mail's owner was charged and tried under the Printing Presses and Publications Act a charge which still carries today, a penalty of three years jail or a fine of 20,000 Malaysian ringgits or both.

~~ By Anne de Bretagne
for the Defenders of the Philippine Sabah & Spratly Claims 
30 April 2013

To read about Benjamin Basintal:  The Incident that changed Sabah 

Link to Benjamin Basintal blog www.mrbensblog-antidot.blogspot.com

Monday, 29 April 2013

A matter of national honour or what is left of it: SND Gazmin must deny or admit his Malaysian counterpart claim PH Navy killed 35 Filipinos going to Sabah


A MATTER OF NATIONAL HONOUR OR WHAT IS LEFT OF IT

LATEST ON 35 DEAD: THE STORY IS BECOMING MORE SORDID EVERY MINUTE DESPITE PH NAVY DENIAL - WHAT IS PH GOVT DOING TO SHUT UP MALAYSIANS?
April, 29, 2013 - 6:32 pm: Sabah police back Malaysia defence minister Zahid Hamidi’s claim that Philippine Navy shot dead 35 alleged "intruders" going to Sabah (implying that PH Navy killed the Filipinos as a service to Malaysia Govt.)

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah police chief Hamza Taib has insisted that Malaysian intelligence reports have confirmed that 35 alleged intruders had been shot dead by the Philippine navy before they landed on Sabah soil.

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah police chief Hamza Taib has insisted that Malaysian intelligence reports have confirmed that 35 alleged intruders had been shot dead by the Philippine navy before they landed on Sabah soil. 
Link to news article: Sabah police backs Zahid Hamidi claim that PH Navy killed 35 Filipinos going to Sabah
So, where are we today on the 35 or 10 dead/killed by Malaysian Navy and dumped in Philippine waters if we are to believe the Sulu Sultanate spokesman?

Earlier on, the news that 35 Sulu fighters had been killed by the Philippine Navy was denied by the Sultanate. Upon closer investigation, and thanks to the efforts of Admin Marlene Damolo Howe of the Philippine Sabah Claim Forum to shed light on the very confusing and conflicting reports, we finally learned that people had indeed been killed.

Admin Marlene was told by no less than the Sulu Sultanate spokesman that reports have it that indeed there had been killings and those killed were civilians but that they were killed by the Malaysian Navy with the bodies dumped in Philippine waters, an action which, according to the Sultanate spokesperson, was done to implicate the Philippine Navy.

I just got off the phone with the Sulu Sultanate's spokesperson, Abe Idjirani. He said that whatever was reported on the paper regarding the 35 DEAD SULTANATE FOLLOWERS IS NOT TRUE! The Sulu Sultanate denied it and the Philippine Navy denied it. Why can't the Malaysian government stop lying?  
They are so hell bent in their propaganda that they think the world will be easily manipulated with constant LIES AND FALSE CLAIMS. What happened was that 10 civilians who have been living in Sabah for many years were suspected as Sulu Sultanate sympathizers.  
The Malaysian militants rounded them up and took them to the Philippine territorial waters to IMPLICATE THE PHILIPPINE NAVY AS THE ONES DOING THE KILLING. BUT THE FACT IS, IT WAS THE MALAYSIAN MILITANTS WHO KILLED CIVILIAN PEOPLE AND DUMPED THEM IN OUR WATERS SO THE WORLD WILL THINK OUR PHILIPPINE NAVY KILLED THEM.  
There was a witness who came forward and reported it to the RSF (Royal Security Forces) who then reported back to the Sulu Sultanate. This story corroborated the previous post I made yesterday after I talked to a member of the Royal family.  
I REPEAT, THIS IS NOT TRUE! THERE IS NO 35 DEAD BUT 10 CIVILIANS WERE KILLED BY MALAYSIAN FORCES TO MAKE IT LOOK LIKE THE SULTANATE SUFFERED A GREAT LOSS AND THEREFORE, COVER UP THEIR INABILITY TO MATCH THE SKILLS OF OUR TAUSUG WARRIORS. WORST, THEY TRIED TO IMPLICATE OUR OWN PHILIPPINE NAVY. IT'S A DEVIOUS AND HARAM ACT BY ILLEGAL INTRUDERS, MALAYSIA!  
This ongoing human rights violation by Malaysia should not go unnoticed. Our people are being tortured and slaughtered and the world stood by. Worst, our own president is standing by, doing nothing!
~~ Admin Marlene, Philippine Sabah Claim Forum 27 April 2013  
Remember that at the beginning of these confusing reports, on 24 April to be precise, Malaysian defence minister himself had implied that PH Navy had done it as some kind of a 'favour', a 'service' to the Malaysian Govt to prevent possible disruption of their May 5th elections. In fact Hamidi, at a press conference on 24th April in George Town thanked:
Malaysia's Zahid Hamidi

"... the Philippine Armed Forces, particularly the Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard which had given close cooperation to the Malaysian government, particularly the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) and the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM)."
So where are we at today? There were people who were killed, so we were told. Malaysia's defence minister placed it at the door of the Philippine Navy. He is implicating the Philippine Navy for the death of 35 Filipinos alleging that those killed were going to Sabah to disrupt Malaysian elections in Sabah scheduled on 5th May. 

There are dead people; a Malaysian minister implying that PH Navy had done Malaysia government a favour; virtual accusations of complicity proferred against the Navy by the same minister... yet, if not true, why has our government - rank to rank - not deemed it fit not to protest against the lies?

Shall we, again just look down in abject surrender while the direct assault on the already tattered integrity of our nation's navy? Could Malaysian defence minister's intel reports be true? 


Philipppines' Gazmin
There is no need to wage war against Malaysia but there is a need to seek the truth about who died and why they died, and perhaps, we may just raise ourselves from the abject position that Malaysian officials have pushed us in.

The task of belying Zahid Hamidi's - and Sabah police chief's - declaration that our Navy had killed Filipinos as a favour to Malaysian Govt falls on the shoulders of the former Commanding General of the President Security Battalion, a veteran of the Mindanao campaigns who later on became Commanding General of the Philippine Army and who now happens to be the top man at the department of national defence of the Republic... 


Yes, PH Secretary of Defense Voltaire 'Voltz' Gazmin must come out to either admit that the Philippine Navy had done it or to tell his Malaysian counterpart that what he says is a lie. Will he do it?

~~ AdB

For the Defenders of the Philippine Sabah and Spratly Claims
29 April 2013

Discussion going on at Philippine Sabah Claim Forum 

Link to news article: Sabah Police backs Malaysia Defence Minister Zahid Hamidi that PH Navy killed 35 Filipinos from Sulu going to Sabah to disrupt Sabah elections

Related posts: 

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Fuad Kiram is not sultan of Sulu; his only legal, royal title is Datu Fuad A. Kiram


FUAD KIRAM SIGNED THE 'UNITY' AGREEMENT WITH HIS REAL TITLE, DATU!

The recent Sabah stand-off brought out some truth that many of us did not know or expect. First, we did not know the relation between the Cojuangcos (PNOY's family) and Malaysia dating back to the time of then Senator Ninoy Aquino (PNOY's father). Then we discovered to our dismay that our president would rather go back on his sworn duty to protect this country and its people just to protect his KKK's business interests and to protect his parents' legacy, right or wrong. 

It is disheartening to know that our president stands by while our people are being hunted down, tortured and killed for asserting their lawful right. Listening to our president colluding with the enemy and echoing Malaysia's Razak Najib's sentiments are not only disheartening but also disconcerting. Added to the Sulu Sultanate's dilemma is the disunity of the Kiram heirs. 

One of them, the infamous Datu Fuad has been defrauding people in and out of Facebook under the wing of his Con-Artist handler, the Master Puppeteer, Omar "FAKE" Kiram who is not even a Muslim by birth but who is an Ilonggo and is never a Kiram. Omar is peddler of FAKE or knock-off designer bags and accessories who met Datu Fuad by chance. Being a Con-Artist, Omar saw an opportunity for a money-making scheme using a Royal title albeit FAKE. Read the attached file I previously wrote with compelling proof to back up my claim. 


Fast forward to the recent development brought on by the stand-off. The Kiram heirs decided to unite and rally behind the REAL Sultan of Sulu who was proclaimed Sultan by the Ruma Bechara in a public ceremony in Sulu unlike the UNDIGNIFIED self-proclamation of Datu Fuad in a basketball court in Taguig. Sultan Mohammad Jamalul Kiram III (SJK) is the only one recognized as the true Sultan by both the Philippine and Malaysian government when Malaysia first attempted to buy off Sabah from the Sulu Sultanate during the administration of Pres. Cory Aquino and then Pres. Fidel Ramos up to the administration of Pres Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. 

The administration of PNOY may not recognize SJK because he claimed ignorance of the issue at pinag-aaralan pa daw niya. I wonder why Sec. Lila De Lima's findings of the Sultanate were not even posted. Could it be that it only proves the Sulu Sultanate's case and it is a humiliating truth for PNOY? The rest of the Kiram heirs have signed that settlement agreement to drop the claim on Sabah EXCEPT for Sultan Jamalul who could not with his heart and soul, sell the legacy of his people. He declined the money and this is where we are now. 

The attached document showed that Datu Fuad signed with his TRUE AND ONLY legal Royal title and that is as a DATU. FUAD ALSO ASKED THE HEIRS FOR MONEY BECAUSE ACCORDING TO HIM HE IS HEAVILY INDEBTED TO HIS FINANCIERS. Check out his signature and see for yourself. THIS IS NOT A FABRICATION like what his handler Omar has been posting in their fraudulent website where pictures are photo ops (like the ones with Nur Misuari who happened to oblige to a meeting request by Fuad and Omar) and all other documents FABRICATED to defraud people. I will post some more of the documents soon.
The documents I posted on the files I wrote are AUTHENTIC and these are not fabricated! This is why I challenged the FAKE Royals to sue me to see who is lying. But of course, they threatened but they never do because they know that they will be UNMASKED and their money-making scheme will be stopped. In the court of law, what matters is what you can prove. 

I DON'T CLAIM ANYTHING UNLESS I CAN PROVE IT! So for the charlatans out there and the attack dogs sent to intimidate me and any of us, what we say about you is ALL TRUE. NEMO NOS IMPUNE LACESSIT! 

~~ Lioness of Sabah
For the Philippine Sabah Claim Forum
23 April 2013


Fake sultan's only real royal and legal title in reality is 'datu': Datu Fuad A. Kiram






FUAD KIRAM SIGNED THE 'UNITY' AGREEMENT WITH HIS REAL TITLE, DATU!

The recent Sabah stand-off brought out some truth that many of us did not know or expect. First, we did not know the relation between the Cojuangcos (PNOY's family) and Malaysia dating back to the time of then Senator Ninoy Aquino (PNOY's father). Then we discovered to our dismay that our president would rather go back on his sworn duty to protect this country and its people just to protect his KKK's business interests and to protect his parents' legacy, right or wrong. 

It is disheartening to know that our president stands by while our people are being hunted down, tortured and killed for asserting their lawful right. Listening to our president colluding with the enemy and echoing Malaysia's Razak Najib's sentiments are not only disheartening but also disconcerting. Added to the Sulu Sultanate's dilemma is the disunity of the Kiram heirs. 

One of them, the infamous Datu Fuad has been defrauding people in and out of Facebook under the wing of his Con-Artist handler, the Master Puppeteer, Omar "FAKE" Kiram who is not even a Muslim by birth but who is an Ilonggo and is never a Kiram. Omar is peddler of FAKE or knock-off designer bags and accessories who met Datu Fuad by chance. Being a Con-Artist, Omar saw an opportunity for a money-making scheme using a Royal title albeit FAKE. Read the attached file I previously wrote with compelling proof to back up my claim. 

Fast forward to the recent development brought on by the stand-off. The Kiram heirs decided to unite and rally behind the REAL Sultan of Sulu who was proclaimed Sultan by the Ruma Bechara in a public ceremony in Sulu unlike the UNDIGNIFIED self-proclamation of Datu Fuad in a basketball court in Taguig. Sultan Mohammad Jamalul Kiram III (SJK) is the only one recognized as the true Sultan by both the Philippine and Malaysian government when Malaysia first attempted to buy off Sabah from the Sulu Sultanate during the administration of Pres. Cory Aquino and then Pres. Fidel Ramos up to the administration of Pres Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. 

The administration of PNOY may not recognize SJK because he claimed ignorance of the issue at pinag-aaralan pa daw niya. I wonder why Sec. Lila De Lima's findings of the Sultanate were not even posted. Could it be that it only proves the Sulu Sultanate's case and it is a humiliating truth for PNOY? The rest of the Kiram heirs have signed that settlement agreement to drop the claim on Sabah EXCEPT for Sultan Jamalul who could not with his heart and soul, sell the legacy of his people. He declined the money and this is where we are now. 

The attached document showed that Datu Fuad signed with his TRUE AND ONLY legal Royal title and that is as a DATU. FUAD ALSO ASKED THE HEIRS FOR MONEY BECAUSE ACCORDING TO HIM HE IS HEAVILY INDEBTED TO HIS FINANCIERS. Check out his signature and see for yourself. THIS IS NOT A FABRICATION like what his handler Omar has been posting in their fraudulent website where pictures are photo ops (like the ones with Nur Misuari who happened to oblige to a meeting request by Fuad and Omar) and all other documents FABRICATED to defraud people. I will post some more of the documents soon.
The documents I posted on the files I wrote are AUTHENTIC and these are not fabricated! This is why I challenged the FAKE Royals to sue me to see who is lying. But of course, they threatened but they never do because they know that they will be UNMASKED and their money-making scheme will be stopped. In the court of law, what matters is what you can prove. 

I DON'T CLAIM ANYTHING UNLESS I CAN PROVE IT! So for the charlatans out there and the attack dogs sent to intimidate me and any of us, what we say about you is ALL TRUE. NEMO NOS IMPUNE LACESSIT! 

~~ Lioness of Sabah
For the Philippine Sabah Claim Forum
23 April 2013

NB: Also posted on Philippine Sabah Claim Forum.
Related post: Who are fake sultan Fuad Kiram and fake prince Omar Kiram?

"Grow some dignity!" Philippine Sabah Claim Forum member tells President Aquino


In his speech at the commencement exercises of the Philippine Military Academy Pudang Kalis class of 2013 in Baguio City, President Aquino attempted to defend himself (and to whine about his hair loss ) from growing criticisms for his inaction or wooly* position at best overMalaysia siege against Filipinos in Tanduo, Sabah stand-off.

Lawrence Igana of the 
Philippine Sabah Claim Forum gives Aquino a strong tap in his 'backside' which we hope will rouse the Philippine chief executive from his - borrowing from Manila Standard Today's Linda Jimeno - 'un-involved observer stance'.

Here's what Lawrence said: 'GROW SOME DIGNITY, MR PRESIDENT'

"Consider your position you say? What about the position of those who were actually in Sabah? Those who took action; may it be drastic and crude. Those who actually have the conscience to say "enough"? Have you considered their position Mr. President?

"We are all looking for a diplomatic solution which will give finality to this issue. What happened in Lahad Datu should not have happened if YOU as our President took a stand to at least assert which avenue we will take to have our stake noticed (which basing in all historical facts is valid).

"You are blaming the Kirams for their actions which led to the displacement of thousands of Filipino in Sabah. Well I guess the same can be said for your lack of action. The only difference is, our Muslim brothers who took part in the Lahad Datu siege actually have the balls. They'd much rather face death and fight for what is right, than to stand in the sideline while they see the rape of Sabah.

"Did you even have the guts to talk about this issue when the Sultan of Brunei visited the Philippines? Was it a part of your agenda sir? Or your only agenda is to lure the Sultan towards your sister?

"Procrastinating will not get this issue solved sir. I think by now you would have seen that it's obvious. Grow some dignity. Your father once said that the Filipinos are worth dying for. What say you?"


~~

*'wooly' is a typical English expression to mean vague, intangible, unclear, etc...


NB: "GROW SOME DIGNITY, MR PRESIDENT!" is also posted on Defenders of the Philippine Sabah and Spratly Claims 

Link to Aquino speech: Speech of President Aquino during the commencement exercises of the Philippine Military Academy Pudang Kalis class, March 17, 2013 [English] 



Sunday, 21 April 2013

Sabah: Kuala Lumpur formulates Medieval Age tactics in the name of Sultan of Terangganu against Sulu Sultanate

The capture of Datu Amirbahar, a royal Kiram (in picture) and the spectre of death penalty against him is Malaysia king's -- and his Kuala Govt's, Medieval Ages  tactic meant as a message to the Sultanate of Sulu: "We will decimate you and we will have your land!"

Malaya Federation king, his Govt and troops waged war and terror on Sabah, not the Sultanate of Sulu
and North Borneo
 
The Courts of Malaya Federation's Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of the Sultanate of Terannganu, have no right to accuse, arrest, detain and tell a royal member of the Sultanate of Sulu, a Suluk (Tausug resident of Sabah) no less, that he is facing the death penalty allegedly "because he is the Sultanate of Sulu's defence minister, for being a member of a terrorist group, and for waging war against the king of Malaysia".

It is the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo (Sabah) who should be pressing charges against the king of the Malaya Federation, his Kuala Lumpur Govt and their armies for bringing chaos, death and destruction to Sabah, to the Tausugs, to the Suluks, for waging terror and war against the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo (Sabah) and absolutely not the other way around.

It was Malaysia's armies - in the name of the Terangganu Sultanate's Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin who is currently the Malaya Federation's king, that launched an overkill against 230 men and women in Tanduo and not the other way around. It is Peninsular Malaysia that is illegally occupying Sabah and not the other way around.

A Medieval Age
(from 5th to 15th centuries) method of obtaining land, of extending a domain and of exercising political vendetta against a rival monarch

This accusation and death penalty arrangement formulated in the name of a foreign sultanate against Datu Amir, son of Sultan Bentalin Esmail Kiram II and nephew of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, is effectively a message from Kuala Lumpur to the Sultanate of Sulu: "We will decimate you and we will have your land."

With Datu Amir's arrest, detention of and death penalty being danggled against him,' Malaysia is attempting to hold the Sultanate hostage as they perpetuate the medieval form of political action to vanquish the enemy, obtain more land, in order to extend their political, military and economic power beyond their current realm.

And by threatening to kill no less than an immediate member of the current leaders of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo (Sabah), Kuala Lumpur wants the Sultanate of Sulu, its members, heirs and supporters to accept the most abject form of insult from an enemy, i.e., in order to reduce them to begging.
 

Objective: Sap the morale of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo (Sabah)
 
Understand that Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysa Federation and their so-called 'king of Malaysia' will do everything and anything to sap the morale of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo. They are forcing them to surrender rich, very rich Sabah unconditionally and with that happening, they are hoping that the Sultanate of Sulu and its heirs will be gone forever. Truly, the exercise is strangely similar to those practised in the Medieval Ages!

People must hoist it in - must understand - that this latest action by Malaysia is actually a message to all and it is meant to inflict the most savage form of Medieval Age political power vendetta play against the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo (Sabah), against the Tausug people, against the Suluks, and by extension, to show their contempt for the Filipino people.

Kuala Lumpur is already aware that the Filipinos of Luzon and Visayas and even some in Mindanao will not do anything because President Aquino has played his role to perfection; his fearmonger strategy has worked, i.e., the Filipinos have effectively 'capitulated.' But Kuala Lumpur wants the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo, the Tausugs, the people of the Sulu archipelago, the Suluks and their supporters in Sabah to do the same: to surrender Sabah unconditionally!
  

Beware! Malaysia will corrupt Filipinos to capture an even bigger royal catch:  Rajah Muda/Crown Prince Agbimuddin Kiram (in picture) 

Malaysia will try to corrupt every known Filipino in the Philippines, might even bribe members of the MILF to help in the hunt, to lay their hands on an even bigger royal catch: Raja Muda/Crown Prince Datu Agbimuddin Kiram, younger brother of  Jamalul III and Esmail II.... also known as Datu Puing, commander of the Sultanate Army in Sabah.

There is no doubt that  Malaysia king, through his government in Kuala Lumpur, is hoping that the capture of a crown prince will finally legitinise Peninusular Malaysia's illegal 50-year war for the control of Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo (Sabah) lands.

NB:
A Malaysian writer's implaccable logic about Sabah ownership:

In an article by Vidal Yudin Weil for the Free Malaysia Today dated March 9, 2013, the writer called Najib to task after Najib's pronouncement in Lahad Datu “The question of Sabah within Malaysia should not be disputed by anyone. Let not anyone underestimate Malaysia’s commitment to have Sabah within Malaysia forever. No one can dispute this, from within and outside the country. We will uphold the principle and fact of Sabah within Malaysia absolutely”.  
The Malaysian writer insisted that Najib was wrong: "Najib is wrong in making unilateral claims that Sabah belongs to Malaysia when historical legal documents and agreements may indicate otherwise."
The writer also enumerated the salient points in that Manila Accord:
  •    the inclusion of Sabah into the formation of Malaysia is subject to the Philippines claim; and
  •    the Philippines’ claim on Sabah must be settled in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) run by the United Nations.
With implaccable logic, he said: "Therefore, until such time when the ICJ has decided, Malaysia does not have absolute ownership of Sabah."
~ By AdB
For the Defenders of the Philippine Sabah and Spratly Claims
and for the Philippine Sabah Claim Forum
21 March 2013
 


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Friday, 19 April 2013

Mr. President, there is no shame in standing by the Sultanate, by the Tausugs, by the Filipinos in Sabah

President Aquino, what have you done to protect and defend your people in Sabah?

Mr President, these people who are being chased like animals out of Sabah, their homeland, by Malaysians are your people too. They are Filipinos and warrant the protection and defence of the Republic.

Grim news: Malaysia subjects the Tausugs to further indignities...has PH Government found out whose remains they are?
Sabah News
Police To Check For Terrorist Remains In Kampung Tanduo

 
LAHAD DATU, April 9 (Bernama) -- Periodic checks will be conducted in Ka
mpung Tanduo for the remains of terrorists from the militant group which invaded the village on Feb 12, said Sabah Deputy Police Commissioner Datuk Tan Kok Lian.

He said K9 dog units would be used to detect graves which may contain such remains.

"We will check the area because there may still be some bodies buried in the village," he said after surveying several locations in Kampung Tanduo near here Tuesday.

Police discovered three graves containing 15 bodies, including that of a woman, and removed them from the village yesterday
.
Mr. President, there is no shame in standing by the Sultanate, by the Tausugs, by the Filipinos in Sabah... there can only be pride because they are your people too. You can unite the country by standing by your people in time of crisis.
Mr President, every child left orphan because Malaysian troops killed his/her father or both will ask you why you did nothing while foreign toops killed a member/members of his/her family. Are you prepared to face that child to explain why you turned your back while Malaysian harmed his/her loved ones?

~~ Defenders of the Philippine Sabah and Spratly Claims
19 April 2013 

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Malaysia explicitly accepts that Sabah is leased from the Sultanate

Even Malaysia knows and accepts that Sabah is leased. They cannot deny it. In fact, Malaysia is still paying rent to the Sultanate heirs.

Picture of history of Sabah displayed in Malaysia museum.




Aquino Government's un-involved observer stance on Sabah claim by Filipinos - beyond comprehension


In her article "Reclaiming Sabah", Manila Standard Today columnist Linda V. Jimeno, rightly points out: 
"Why the government is taking the stance of an un-involved observer is beyond comprehension. When the sovereignty and dominion over the territory was transferred to the Philippine government by the Sultanate in 1962–which the government accepted as shown in its many overt acts–the government took on the responsibility of reclaiming Sabah and protecting Filipinos who initiate non-violent actions to revive the Philippine claim." 

Full article: 

Reclaiming Sabah Posted on Apr. 15, 2013 Manila Standard Today

In my column last week entitled “Legal basis for the Sabah claim,” I discussed how the Sulu Sultanate came to acquire North Borneo (Sabah) and exercise dominion and sovereignty over it, and how Malaysia  came to possess the territory. 
In this article, questions on what the Philippines has done to make an official claim over Sabah and how Malaysia responded will be discussed, culling from the booklet written by Prof. Emmanuel Q. Yap, founder of the People’s Patriotic Movement. 
When the Sulu Sultanate transferred by a legal instrument its dominion and sovereignty over Sabah to the Philippine government in 1962, did the government do anything to assert its ownership over Sabah? Yes. Even before the Federation of Malaysia came into being, the Philippine government, in 1950, advised the British government that it had a claim over Sabah. Too, the Federation of Malaya (not yet Malaysia) recognized that there was an Aide Memoire dated August 2, 1962 from the Foreign Affairs Department of the Philippines which reminded the Federation of Malaya that “Britain occupies the territory by the terms of the lease which, in no way, entitles the British government to claim ownership or sovereignty over the territory or to transfer it to any entity whatsoever.” 
The Federation of Malaya acknowledged this Aide Memoire by also handing an Aide Memoire to the Philippine Ambassador in Kuala Lumpur on October 3, 1962 stating that the government of the Federation of Malaya and the British government agreed that they would work towards a formal agreement for the transfer of the North Borneo territory (and Singapore) to the Federation of Malaysia. No such formal agreement was ever reached. Yet, Britain proceeded to include Sabah among the territories it transferred to Malaysia. 
On December 29, 1962, the Philippines and the United Kingdom announced an agreement to hold talks on the Philippine claim. Thus, from January 28 to February 1, 1963 the first Ministerial Conference on the Claims was held in London with then Vice President Emmanuel Pelaez heading the RP panel. 
Did not the Philippines object to the formation of the Federation of Malaysia on September 16, 1963 which included Sabah? Yes, it did, together with Indonesia which, in turn, was claiming Sarawak. Thus, then Malaysian Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman, Indonesian President Soekarno and Philippine President Diosdado Macapagal met in Manila in August 1963.  The Manila Accord of 1963 was signed where Malaysia agreed that the inclusion of Sabah in its Federation would not prejudice the Philippine claim. Malaysia acknowledged the right of the Philippines to pursue its claim in accordance with international laws and the United Nations principles of pacific settlement of disputes. 
From February 5 to 10, 1964, the first round of talks between Malaysia, the Philippines and Indonesia (known as the Maphilindo talks) was held in Bangkok. Around the same time, President Macapagal and the Malaysian Prime Minister met in Phnom Penh. The Tunku agreed to elevate the claim to the International Court of Justice and encouraged the Philippines to submit a memorandum detailing the basis of its claims. The foreign affairs ministers of the Maphilindo states held a second round of talks from March 5 to 6, 1964. Then in June 1964 the Philippines gave to Malaysia its memorandum, “Philippine Claim to North Borneo Vol. 1” as suggested by the Malaysian Prime Minister. 
What happened in the Maphilindo talks in Bangkok? The talks failed because Malaysia unilaterally rejected the Philippine claim to Sabah and then terminated the talks. In so doing, it arrogated unto itself the power of a judge while being a contending party in the dispute. The talks were held supposedly to agree on what modes of settlement, as provided in the Manila Accord of 1963, were acceptable to both governments. 
How significant are the meetings in London and in Bangkok to the Philippine claim? The London foreign ministers’ meeting was significant in that it gave the Philippine claim the status of a legitimate international dispute. On the other hand, the Maphilindo agreement to meet in Bangkok pursuant to the Manila Accord was significant in that it contained a reservation agreed upon by the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia that the formation of Malaysia would not prejudice the unresolved Philippine claim over North Borneo (Sabah). All three countries also agreed to settle the dispute by peaceful means such as arbitration. In effect, therefore, Malaysia accepted the existence of the legitimacy of the Philippine claim to Sabah. 
What is the effect of Malaysia’s unilateral termination of the Maphilindo talks in Bangkok? Malaysia violated several solemn agreements. One of them is the Manila Accord. Another is the agreement between the Philippine President and the Malaysian Prime Minister in Phnom Penh that the two countries would discuss the “best way of settling the claim, not precluding reference to the International Court of Justice.” Still another was the exchange of Communique between the two countries where both essentially agreed to discuss the best way to settle the claim. 
Should the Sultanate of Sulu be blamed for taking proactive action in reclaiming Sabah? The manner the Sultanate asserted its claim may not have been the proper and legal way but this writer will not go as far as blaming the Sultanate. The historical records speak for themselves. Why the government is taking the stance of an un-involved observer is beyond comprehension. When the sovereignty and dominion over the territory was transferred to the Philippine government by the Sultanate in 1962–which the government accepted as shown in its many overt acts–the government took on the responsibility of reclaiming Sabah and protecting Filipinos who initiate non-violent actions to revive the Philippine claim. 
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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Mainstream media and Government must exercise professionalism with regard to Sultanate of Sulu


In light of the recent report brought to our attention by a member of the Defenders of the Philippinne Sabah and Spratly Claims community concerning a 'blatant example' of what can be qualified as media's jab or taunt against the Sultanate of Sulu, posted under a GMA Network banner, "A real sultan from Brunei in PHL for state visit" http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/photo/35952/a-real-sultan-from-brunei-in-phl-for-state-visit, we are reposting hereunder a reminder:
PLEASE SHARE -- THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT: ON SABAH PROPRIETARY RIGHTS (DIFFERENT FROM SOVEREIGNTY RIGHTS WHICH BELONG TO THE REPUBLIC): THE SULTANATE OF SULU HAS NINE LEGALLY RECOGNISED ROYAL HEIRS...  
Their intra-family bickering must not affect whatever the Republic's position is on its claim to Sabah which, by law -- by virtue of Republic Act 5446, is Philippine territory. 
The nine royal heirs must be allowed to decide among themselves who their sultan is... 
We, the non-sultanate member citizens of the Republic, must leave them alone to sort out their own family problem.

The judicious thing to do is for everyone, specially members of Government to abstain from putting more fat in the already confusing fire or from making a dismissive remark as, "We don't even know who the legitimate sultan is!" 
 
The judicious thing to do is for everyone, specially members of Government to abstain from putting more fat in the already confusing fire or from making a dismissive remark as, "We don't even know who the legitimate sultan is!"  
Government must step back and avoid such confusing remarks because the principle of Government support for their struggle must be for the Sultanate of Sulu as a body and for the people of Sulu and not for an individual. 
Unless government and the public accept the principle that there are nine legal heirs representing the Sultanate of Sulu, Government itself risks defeating the Republic's own legal cause in the future. 
Government must not confuse the people of this country and instead must use the Philippine law to Government's advantage in trying to resolve the Sabah crisis which has now claimed several dozens dead in the hands of a foreign government's maniacal troops. 
~~ Admins, Philippine Sabah Claim Forum08 March 2013 
IN PICTURE: Sultan of Sulu, Sultan Jamalul Kiram II (picture taken around 1936).

Monday, 15 April 2013

Malaysian writer calls Najib to task for not honouring 1963 Manila Accord


One of the provisions in the 1963 Manila Accord: to settle the Sabah case in the international court but Malaysia has now decided they did not want to honour the UN treaty. Without Malaysia's agreement, the Philippines cannot push the ICJ to arbitrate.

Paragraph 12 of the Manila Accord:
"The Philippines made it clear that its position on the inclusion of North Borneo in the Federation of Malaysia is subject to the final outcome of the Philippine claim to North Borneo. The Ministers took note of the Philippine claim and the right of the Philippines to continue to pursue it in accordance with international law and the principle of the pacific settlement of disputes. They agreed that the inclusion of North Borneo in the Federation of Malaysia would not prejudice either the claim or any right thereunder. Moreover, in the context of their close association, the three countries agreed to exert their best endeavours to bring the claim to a just and expeditious solution by peaceful means, such as negotiation, conciliation, arbitration, or judicial settlement as well as other peaceful means of the parties' own choice, in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations and the Bandung Declara tion."
Note this: "They agreed that the inclusion of North Borneo in the Federation of Malaysia would not prejudice either the claim or any right thereunder."

But the recent pronouncements of Najib contradicted what Malaysia had agreed upon with PH in the Manila Accord; he said that Kuala Lumpur will never never let go of Sabah. It is contrary to and is a violation of that agreement which is a UN treaty.


Yesterday, Najib made the following statement at a press conference in Lahad Datu: “The question of Sabah within Malaysia should not be disputed by anyone. Let not anyone underestimate Malaysia’s commitment to have Sabah within Malaysia forever. No one can dispute this, from within and outside the country. We will uphold the principle and fact of Sabah within Malaysia absolutely”. 
And insisted that Najib was wrong:
Najib is wrong in making unilateral claims that Sabah belongs to Malaysia when historical legal documents and agreements may indicate otherwise.
The writer also continued to enumerate the salient points in that Manila Accord:
It was undoubtedly stated from the above provisions of the Manila Accord and joint statement that:
  • the inclusion of Sabah into the formation of Malaysia is subject to the Philippines claim; and
  • the Philippines’ claim on Sabah must be settled in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) run by the United Nations.
And with implaccable logic, stated:
Therefore, until such time when the ICJ has decided, Malaysia does not have absolute ownership of Sabah.
As Vidal called Najib to task, it became clear to me that there just might still be honourable people among the Malaysians:
By refusing to honour the Manila Accord and backtracking on the joint statement, has Najib not figuratively slapped the Philippines and Indonesia which were signatories to the historic documents? 
Internationally, is Najib not telling the whole world, especially foreign investors, that what Malaysia agrees and signs at any time may not be fulfilled or respected at Malaysia’s whims and fancies?
Obviously, Najib was emboldened to issue his offending pronouncements and to not honour the Manila Accord because our own president's inaction and playing spokesman to Najib served as signals to Malaysia that the Philippines wouldn't do anything about the claim. 

In that context, President Aquino is equally if not more guilty than Najib for waylaying the Manila Accord which is tantamount to his dismissing his Constitutional obligations. President Aquino's actions during the Sabah stand-off have clearly have emboldened Najib to overtly violate the Manila Accord which is a UN treaty. 

By choosing to side with Najib and Malaysia rather than with the Sultanate of Sulu, the president is also guilty of violating the Republic's contractual obligation vis-à-vis the Sultanate of Sulu which was to prosecute the Sabah claim. 

The President must realise that his refusal to push for the recognition of the 1963 Manila Accord during this critical period is tantamount to giving Najib and the Kuala Lumpur government the right to rape and plunder the Philippines. I really see no other way to put it.

By AdB for the Sabah Claim Society
15 April 2013


Najib is wrong in making unilateral claims that Sabah belongs to Malaysia when historical legal documents and agreements may indicate otherwise. 
According to the Manila Accord signed on July 31, 1963 and registered in the United Nations as document No. 8029, then Malayan deputy prime minister Abdul Razak Hussein (late father of the present Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak) met up with foreign minister Dr Subandrio of Indonesia, and vice-president Emmanuel Pelaez of the Philippines in Manila for five days from June 7 to 11, 1963, to discuss about the status of Sabah. 
Consequently, it was agreed in writing by former Malayan prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman together with president Soekarno of Indonesia and president Diosdado Macapagal of the Philippines in paragraph 12 thereof: 
“The Philippines made it clear that its position on the inclusion of North Borneo in the Federation of Malaysia is subject to the final outcome of the Philippines’ claim to North Borneo. The ministers took note of the Philippines’ claim and the right of the Philippines to continue to pursue it in accordance with international law and the principle of the pacific settlement of disputes. They agreed that the inclusion of North Borneo in the Federation of Malaysia would not prejudice either the claim or any right thereunder. Moreover, in the context of their close association, the three countries agreed to exert their best endeavours to bring the claim to a just and expeditious solution by peaceful means, such as negotiation, conciliation, arbitration, or judicial settlement as well as other peaceful means of the parties’ own choice, in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations and the Bandung Declaration.” 
Subsequently on Aug 5, 1963 in a joint statement released to international media, the same also agreed in writing under paragraph 8 thereof: 
“In accordance with paragraph 12 of the Manila Accord, the three Heads of Government decided to request the British Government to agree to seek a just and expeditious solution to the dispute between the British Government and the Philippines Government concerning Sabah (North Borneo) by means of negotiation, conciliation and arbitration, judicial settlement, or other peaceful means of the parties’ own choice in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations. The three Heads of Government take cognizance of the position regarding the Philippines claim to Sabah (North Borneo) after the establishment of the Federation of Malaysia as provided under paragraph 12 of the Manila Accord, that is, that the inclusion of Sabah (North Borneo) in the Federation of Malaysia does not prejudice either the claim or any right thereunder.” 
It was undoubtedly stated from the above provisions of the Manila Accord and joint statement that: 
  • the inclusion of Sabah into the formation of Malaysia is subject to the Philippines claim; and
  • the Philippines’ claim on Sabah must be settled in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) run by the United Nations. 
Therefore, until such time when the ICJ has decided, Malaysia does not have absolute ownership of Sabah. 
Yesterday, Najib made the following statement at a press conference in Lahad Datu: 
“The question of Sabah within Malaysia should not be disputed by anyone. Let not anyone underestimate Malaysia’s commitment to have Sabah within Malaysia forever. No one can dispute this, from within and outside the country. We will uphold the principle and fact of Sabah within Malaysia absolutely”. 
Now, with the involvement of the two late former prime ministers of Malaysia – Tunku Abdul Rahman and Abdul Razak Hussein – in the Manila Accord and joint statement which contained straightforward and unambiguous stipulations, the question that begged to be answered now is: why did Najib lie to the whole nation without even blinking his eyes? 
By refusing to honour the Manila Accord and backtracking on the joint statement, has Najib not figuratively slapped the Philippines and Indonesia which were signatories to the historic documents? 
Internationally, is Najib not telling the whole world, especially foreign investors, that what Malaysia agrees and signs at any time may not be fulfilled or respected at Malaysia’s whims and fancies? 
How are Malaysians going to face anyone overseas when our own prime minister has made us the butt of jokes and the laughing stock of the world? 
Effectively, he has also slapped each and every Malaysian who has an ounce of dignity. 
The writer is a former Sabah tour operator; loves food and speed; and blogs at http://legalandprudent.blogspot.com giving no quarters. The opinion and interpretation heretofore contained are exclusively his alone.

Malaysia must honour Manila Accord of 1963 or be forever damned

Signing of Manila Accord 1963, on 31st July 1963 in Manila
before the creation of the MALAYSIA Federation
Signatories were President Suharto of Indonesia, President Macapagal of the Philippines
and Tunku Abdul Rahman of  then Malaya Federation
The signing of the 1963 Manila Accord, registered with the United Nations as treaty number 8029, whereby then Malaya Federation Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman agreed that the Philippine Sabah claim would not be extinguished by the then to-be-created Malaysia Federation which was to be created later on or on 16th September 1963.  

Paragraph 12 of the 1963 Manila Accord which was approved and signned by the three signatories stipulates:


12. The Philippines made it clear that its position on the inclusion of North 
Borneo in the Federation of Malaysia is subject to the final outcome of the 
Philippine claim to North Borneo. The Ministers took note of the Philippine 
claim and the right of the Philippines to continue to pursue it in accordance 
with international law and the principle of the pacific settlement of disputes. 
They agreed that the inclusion of North Borneo in the Federation of Malaysia 
would not prejudice either the claim or any right thereunder. Moreover, 
in the context of their close association, the three countries agreed to exert 
their best endeavours to bring the claim to a just and expeditious solution by 
peaceful means, such as negotiation, conciliation, arbitration, or judicial 
settlement as well as other peaceful means of the parties' own choice, in 
conformity with the Charter of the United Nations and the Bandung Declara 
tion.

BUT Malaysia now refuses to honour Manila Accord and has changed its national doctrine: "Better to lose national honour than to lose Sabah."

In a way, we understand why they now renege on the agreement. Malaysia has never really understood the meaning of 'national honour' since they have never ever had to fight for it. The Brits, the Aussies, the Indians, the Chinese, the Gurkhas have always had to do the fighting to save Malaya's so-caled 'national honour'.


Be that it may, it behooves the Government of the Republic led by no less than the benighted President NoyNoy Aquino to whip up this agreement and pressure Malaysia to honour it. Aquino has got everything in hand to win the case and so we are surprised why he is hell bent on wanting to lose it. But what is stopping him from doing it? Big question mark indeed!

~~ AdB
For the Defenders of the Philippine Sabah and Spratly Claims
15 April 2013

Related blog post: United Nations Treaties No. 8029, Manila Accord of 1963

Link to original treaty: UN Treaty 8029 Manila Accord 1963


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