Vice President Jejomar Binay said that he will pursue the Philippines’ territorial claim over Sabah if he is elected president.
“Ipagpapatuloy natin ang claim natin diyan, atin naman ‘yan [We will pursue our claim there, that is ours],” Binay told reporters in Candelaria town in Quezon province.
Binay and his running mate, Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan, were in Quezon on Thursday and Friday, along with the senatorial candidates of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
Honasan said that he shares Binay’s stand on Sabah.
One of UNA’s senatorial bets, Sulu Sultanate Princess Jacel Kiram, has included the territorial claim as part of her platform.
“Aside from pushing for the unity of Christians and Muslims, I am carrying the issue of our territory, Sabah,” Kiram said.
“With its vast natural resources including oil, this property is earning $72 billion annually, more than enough to boost the country’s economy,” she added.