PH not dropping Sabah claim


THE Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said the Philippines is not dropping its claim on Sabah despite a warning from Kuala Lumpur.


“There’s been a long-standing policy on Philippine claim to Sabah and it has not changed,” Charles Jose, Foreign Affairs spokesman, said in a press briefing.

Reports said the Philippines charge d’affaires in Kuala Lumpur, Medardo Macaraig, was summoned by Malaysia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs because of the remarks made by President Benigno Aquino 3rd during an interview with the South China Morning Post on May 15.

In the interview, Aquino said the Philippines is not dropping its claim on Sabah and hinted that Malaysia accepted such claims because it has been paying the Sultanate of Sulu a fee for the resource-rich island.

But Jose did not confirm that Macaraig was summoned by.

“Suffice it to say that we have a policy and it hasn’t changed,” he said.

He admitted though that Malaysia has “effective administration” of Sabah “and they’re enforcing their laws there,” making it legal for their police to arrest illegal Filipino immigrants.

“That’s the reality,” Jose said, but he maintained that the Philippines protested when Malaysia submitted its claim for an extended continental shelf that was based from Sabah’s coastline.


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  1. Marlowe Camello on

    Sabah claim is all wishful thinking. It’s a waste of time, money and energy. The claimants don’t even know how they can develop the land that will benefit the people living them. The intention is to grab the land for selfish motives.

  2. Malaysia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Sunday it had summoned the Philippine Charge d’Affaires Medardo G Macaraig on May 19 over the remarks made by President Benigno S Aquino.

    The Philippine President had remarked on Philippines’ claim on Sabah in an interview by Ms Raissa Robles for the South China Morning Post on May 15.

    In the interview, President Aquino had stated that he would not drop Philippine’s claim to Sabah, contrary to what critics of his centerpiece legislation on Muslim autonomy – the Bangsamoro Basic Law – are saying.

    Malaysia’s MFA on Sunday reiterated in a statement “its position that Malaysia does not recognise and will not entertain any claims by any party on Sabah”.

    It added that Sabah is recognised by the United Nations and international community as part of Malaysia since Sep 16, 1963.

  3. But N0ytard has. It is part of his family’s agreement with Malaysia so that Malaysia would recognize the Cory Presidency.