MILF to drop Sabah claim – Sulu sultanate

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THE Sultanate of Sulu will not support passage of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), which aims to create a new autonomous region in Mindanao, because it believes that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) would drop the sultanate’s Sabah claim in exchange for Malaysia’s support for the creation of a Bangsamoro government.

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Abraham Idjirani, spokesman for the Sultanate of Sulu, told The Manila Times on Friday that the sultanate views with “cautious pessimism” the Bangsamoro law because of the “ambiguous objective” of the proposed measure.

Idjirani said  once the Bangsamoro government is in place, the MILF will initiate dropping of the Sabah claim.

“The MILF would find legal means how to formally drop the Sabah claim because ancestrally [Sabah is not its property]. [Sabah] is the property of the people of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Zamboanga Peninsula, and Palawan. [The MILF] will drop [the]Sabah [claim]because [its leaders]  are not interested in it, and they owe Malaysia a debt of gratitude,” he explained.

“It’s not the Congress of the Philippines that would drop the Sabah claim but the assembly of the MILF… in favor of Malaysia,” the sultanate’s spokesman said.

Malaysia acts as international mediator between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the MILF for the creation of a Bangsamoro government to replace the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

Idjirani said they and other stakeholders were not consulted despitedesire of the sultanate to be involved in attaining complete peace in Mindanao in southern Philippines.

“If both parties wanted to attain lasting peace in Mindanao, they should also include other [concerned parties]  like the Christians and the indigenous people,” he added.
Last year, Esmail Kiram 2nd renewed his family’s call on the government to pursue the claim to Sabah, now part of Malaysia.

The Sultanate of Sulu urged the Aquino administration  to support its claim to North Borneo (Sabah) as the government’s  historic and moral obligations.

In 2013, then-Sultan Jamalul Kiram 3rd sent some 200 of his armed followers to Lahad Datu, Sabah, to assert their claim over the island, resulting in the deaths of more than 50 people and imprisonment of several others by Malaysian authorities.

The Sultanate of Sulu has been claiming that, based on historical facts, Sabah belongs to it and it was only leased to Malaysia’s British North Borneo Company in 1878.

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  1. Can somebody please enlighten me why Malaysia needs Mindanao and the integral archipelago? Malaysia has almost everything it needs to live well. To take over Mindanao in Malay is to: “Tanggung biawak” or carry the alligator over your shoulder or to burden yourself with stupidity.In any case, who needs a State with Sharia?

    The Feb 13th Landing in Lahad Datu by the Royal Security Forces of the Teguig Kirams had restricted the traditional trading between the Mindanao Archipelago and Sabah to nothing. The Mindanaons have suffered. You shud cut your useless rhetoric and try and reestablish the trade for the well being of the people. To Sabahans it is no big deal to have the trade or not.

    • To Mr Taib.
      Malaysia has been a dangerous neighbor in the South. It has supported terrorists like the MNLF, MILF,BIFF who are enemies of the State.
      Besides, MAS and Britain just stole Sabah from the Sultanate of Sulu. Overbeck and his men, entered into an agreement with the Sultanate, then relinquished the rights of the Sultan when MAS became independent.
      What I suggest is MAS must recognize the rights of the Sultan, be an ally in nation building and creating a zone of co existence with its neighbors, like SIN and INA.

  2. Sabah is an integral part of the Republic of the Philippines. The government has an obligation to protect its right by claiming Sabah in the UN. The Malaysian government is acknowledging the ownership of Sabah by the Sultanate of Sulu in which they are still paying their lease. Sabah is part of the Philippines and will remain integral part of the state as mandated by the constitution.

  3. if the government is smart they will take advantage and exploit this differences with the Sultanate of Sulu and the MILF, like divide and rule. Now the government has an ally in the moros and that is the sultanate. the government should agree with the Sultanate and promise to pursue the Sabah claim since Malaysia is exploiting the MILF and use it to cancel the Sabah claim and create more insurgency in Mindanao. The government agreeing and supporting the Sultanate means in return the Sultanate should help the government track down and eliminate the ASGs, BIFFs and MILFs. this is a win win situation and if the government does not see this window of opportunity then its just back to incompetence and more hardship ahead for the nation as far as insurgency.

  4. Malaysian Murad and Malaysian Igbal ultimate goal is for the bangsamoro to be part of Malaysia.That is why they carry Malaysian passport.They would have succeeded with the help of traitors P-Noy,Deles and Ferrer if not for the sacrifice of the Falllen 44,they didnt die in vain they save part of the country from being sold to Malaysia.

  5. Its father and son and also includes the Lolo.. The BS1, BSjr. and BS3rd are a a bunch of traitors. the 1st is a Japanese collaborators who died while watching a sports game in Manila before he can be charged with the crime. The 2nd died a hero kuno fighting for his dream to became a president. Who cause a national security sensitive Jabidah massacre to be sensational and his contract/alliance to a malasian prince to seek support of Malaysia in exchange for the droppping of Sabah claim for his coming back in 1983. The 3rd who experience mental trauma because of his of father’s lack of guidance, time and love to him and the sufferings his father experienced at the hands of a dictator now seek his fathers earlier deals with Malaysia with his boyhood friend son of the Malaysian prince and his stubborn belief that he can get a Noble peace prize like his mother.

  6. Pete Gabriel on

    The Sultanate of Sulu by rights should be consulted in any shape or form of a peace settlement in Mindanao. Why is the Philippine government marginalizing this legitimate institution? The Sultanate of Sulu has a historical legitimate interest in that part of the country.

  7. North Borneo, now called Sabah, is owned by the Sultanate of Sulu. The Philippines should support and bring up the Sultanate’s claim over Sabah to the United Nations. It is not surprising if the MILF would not support our Sabah claim; it is armed and backed by Malaysia in its effort to create a Bangsamoro sub-state through the BBL.

    Scrap BBL. One nation, one flag!

  8. What have these national political leaders been, and currently, doing to claim Sabah? I refer to those in position of primary responsibility from 1986 to today. Nothing? And why not? Are they afraid of Malaysia? Or do they look upon themselves as peacemakers from another universe such that they do not want the disturb the “peace and tranquility” between the Philippines and Malaysia? But that country does not seem to share the same interest to maintain such a state of cordial relations – cordial on the surface, but beneath are stormy waters. Because, if it does, how come that country, which is populated by Malays, Chinese and Indians, destabilized Mindanao for years, and continue doing so in a covert manner?

    Hoy gising! Pursue the Sabah claim rigourously while equipping the AFP with the best equipment that the Peso can buy, instead of making a lot of “bravado” only on some forbidden rocks in the sea.