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Aquino’s TUWAD na DAAN on Sabah Claimants

When detractors of Benigno Aquino III started calling him names I must admit that I was irritated but as his personality unravels it appears that he is the one validating it. Perhaps it was his staff or ghost writers but then again does he not even read and see for himself if what was contained in his spit errr speech correspond to what he wants or was that exactly his stand on the issue? Does Noynoy Aquino even realize what the heck he was saying when he says this:

Let me say to Sultan Jamalul Kiram III: I have just been made aware that a letter to me, from you, was sent through OPAPP in the very first weeks of my term, when we were organizing the government. Unfortunately, this letter was lost in the bureaucratic maze. Let me make clear that there was no intention to ignore your letter. Knowing this now, will you let your mistaken belief dictate your course of action?

Really Noynoy, you have just been made aware which is what? 3 years ago give or take, and your people just told you about it just now, in the middle of a standoff crisis? Now you tell them that they are wrongheaded in pursuing a perceived wrong that you are not interested? After 3 years and you expect or forced the issue with the Sultan that you are “really interested” and have their issue at heart? Wow, don’t you think that’s kind of overbearing or is it the feudal lord mindset in you that’s talking here?

Forcing the Sultan to believe that he is interested on what appears to be his winging it stance on the issue which really borders on indifference or worse ignorance when he orders his people to study the “validity” of the claim. Now when one who claims to be interested with the problem order his people to study its validity that surely indicates one really has no clue where he stands. Perhaps we are too demanding or expect too much from the president to know all the problems the Republic faces but the Sabah issue has been with us for centuries how can he not be aware? Don’t tell me he once lived under a rock thus he is clueless. But c’mon being a trapo este a politician you would think that he should be well aware of the nation’s problems and issues. Otherwise why did he run for the presidency when that would do more harm than good, if you knew you are incompetent?

Instead of asking to study the validity and intimidating the Sultan’s followers a very simple approach could have save him from the embarrassing clueless position he has shown as Marvin Bionat pointed out in posting a link in his FB timeline regarding the option available to him:

Instead of looking at this as Philippine leverage in the Sabah dispute, President Aquino talks like he's on the side of Malaysia ... This issue should be resolved with the Tausug people leaving with some dignity (e.g., some written concessions), not simply "ordered" to go home by a president who has not shown any interest in this issue ever since he took office….

Instead of the validity study he could have reconvened the Bipartisan Executive-Legislative Advisory Council on the Sabah Issue that then President Fidel V. Ramos created in 1993 but has lain dormant since the Arroyo administration. There is no point in reinventing the wheel but ordering a validity study not only shows his disinterest but outright ignorance of the issue and options at his disposal.

How exactly does he expect the Sultan of Sulu and his followers perceived his cluelessness? As if that is not bad enough the president follows it up with a threat of persecution este prosecution daw rambling some violation of Republic acts by the Sultan’s followers only gives the impression that our very own president seems to be brokering for Malaysia or worse bending over backwards.

It was wrong for the Arroyo administration to allow Malaysia as peace broker when they were the very ones that supported and trained the Muslim insurgents and at what price? Losing our integrity and self-respect by making the Philippines to bend over backwards while giving them Sabah in a silver platter?


"Bakit namin igi-give-up eh sinabi ko na nga, the poorest Sultan in the world. Wala kaming kaano-ano tapos ibibigay mo pa yung sayo," (Why will we give it up (Sabah) as I said. We are the poorest Sultan in the world. We own almost nothing and yet you want to give up what I own.)

Got that Pnoy? Unlike the Sultan the Aquinos and Cojoangcos where you belong are not exactly poor and yet they have a hard time giving up your land that you never owned in the first place costing farmer's lives in the process and you expect the Sultan to just bend over and give up their century’s old claim that rightfully belongs to them?

And yes the Sultan and his followers never violated any law because one who returns to his land can never be called an intruder to his own homeland?

In the same manner that the Malaysians cannot deport them when they are the rightful owner of Sabah or in this case the landlord since they are paid yearly rental or lease?

If it is peaceful resolution that PNoy is seeking, so are the Sultan and his followers, and the only way this can happen is if the Philippines and Malaysia stopped the intimidation and open the door for negotiation. The Philippines can reconvene the Bipartisan Executive-Legislative Advisory Council on the Sabah Issue instead of ordering De Lima while she is brilliant is better off doing her job at the Justice Department since there are really quite a back log that needed resolution soonest.

BTW Pnoy, Sabah is not a hopeless cause, it only looks and feel hopeless because you seem to be living under a rock and showing that you are clueless. Ignorance breeds hopelessness, so many thousand of lives has been lost and here you are bending over backwards. I hope that with your ramblings on what law the Sultan followers broke you also see the folly of your winging it that makes you hopefully as just appearing to be with Malaysia and not actually capitulating and forsaking your nation's territorial integrity.

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