Filipinos in Sabah left hanging as PNoy dithers under the weight of conflicts of interest

Thus endeth Malaysia’s foray into Philippine internal affairs concerning Mindanao. “The Malaysian government has Filipino blood in their hands now. We can no longer rely on them to be an independent and objective third party as we pursue peace in Mindanao,” Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez reportedly said. This was after Malacañang affirmed Malaysia’s continued role in the Mindanao “peace process”.

Malaysia's friendly AirAsia flight attendants
Malaysia’s friendly AirAsia flight attendants
Filipinos are no longer impressed…

With the Sabah dispute still far from over, members of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) urged President Benigno S. Aquino III to look into the plight of Filipinos reportedly mistreated by Malaysian forces.

Former senator Juan Miguel Zubiri said the President should make a statement condemning the Malaysian treatment of Filipinos who are reportedly being treated inhumanely by Malaysian authorities.

“They treat us like dirt, trash…our fellowmen are being treated like dogs there. I really hope that the President do something about it. He should make a strong statement,” Zubiri said.

San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito-Estrada echoed Zubiri’s observation, saying they are in no way condoning the wrong move of the Sultanate of Sulu but said it is the government’s responsibility to defuse the tension brought by Sultan Jamalul Kiram III’s claim that the Sabah belongs to the Philippines.

“Let me be clear, we are not condoning what Kiram did, but the government should bear in mind to work for the interest of the Filipinos. The government has the responsibility to protect the welfare of all Filipinos,” Ejercito Estrada said.

The Philippine government continues to bungle the handling of the issue as it stumbles from one gaffe after another. After recently concluding discussions with Datu Bantilan Esmail Kiram, brother of Jamalul Kiram III, claimant to the throne of the Sultanate of Sulu, Philippine Interior Secretary Mar Roxas had reportedly conveyed to the Malaysian government news that the Kiram clan had agreed to a “disengagement” of their forces from Sabah. This was later rejected. Whatever so-called agreements made by his brother were effectively “disowned” by Kiram III…

“Since the beginning, I already said my door was open to negotiations. I have said that many times,” Jamalul said.

“They have to talk to me. If they can go to Japan, why can’t Malacañang go to me?” he said, referring to the meeting that President Aquino had with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chairman Murad Ebrahim in 2011 for an end to the Moro insurgency in Mindanao.

“Maybe it’s because they perceive me as stubborn even if I did nothing wrong. I’m just here in my house,” he said.

Refugees from the fighting in Sabah are piling into Sulu and reportedly now subsisting on government relief goods. The government of President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino III seems to be buckling under the weight of some mysterious political and diplomatic force being exerted on it by Kuala Lumpur, allegedly “cooling” to the idea of pressing further investigation of alleged abuses perpetrated by Malaysian security forces against Filipinos residing in the area.

The Second Aquino Administration of the Philippines seems to be saddled by the very same pedigreed legacy that catapulted it into power. The mysterious force that seems to hold President BS Aquino back from being a bit more assertive and statesman-like in the way he deals with the Malaysian government may, in fact, be coming from within

A former career minister and consul general of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Hermes J. Dorado, linked President Aquino’s “reluctance” or “inutility in taking up the Sabah claim to an alleged deal Ninoy Aquino may have forged with then Malaysian leader Muhammad Mahathir in exchange for supporting Ninoy’s opposition to Marcos.

Ninoy’s alleged utang-na-loob (debt of gratitude) to Mahathir was sealed in this alleged shadowy deal in 1983 then was seemingly paid its first instalment in the drafting on the 1987 Constitution following the Edsa People Power “revolution”….

Dorado said that the Sabah claim had been enshrined in the 1973 Constitution, but was totally deleted in the 1987 constitution, under the Cory Aquino administration. He charged that “it’s because of the 1983 commitment. Cory and Mahathir made sure those 14 words were deleted.”

Not helping even more are reports of how Houses Aquino and Cojuangco are enmeshed in alleged shady business dealings with major Malaysian companies, notable of which is talk about top PNoy campaign financier and presidential cousin Antonio “Tonyboy” Cojuangco Jr allegedly being part owner of Malaysian carrier AirAsia Bhd…

Going around in the Internet is a color picture of Malaysian troops boarding an Air Asia jet that would fly them to Sabah where they are to hunt down Filipinos who had settled home there.

One blog points out that AirAsia Philippines, the local affiliate of Malaysia-based AirAsia Bhd, is partly owned by Filipino businessmen led by the President’s cousin Antonio “Tonyboy” Cojuangco Jr.

Cojuangco was the biggest campaign donor of Aquino in 2010, based on the President’s declaration to the Commission on Elections. He put in P100 million out of Mr. Aquino’s P440-million declared war chest.

In November 2010, the Board of Investments approved the organizing of AirAsia Philippines as a joint venture between Malaysian investors and Filipino businessmen led by Cojuangco.

The business combine recently acquired at least 40 percent stake in local rival Zest Airways Inc. Malaysia-based AirAsia Bhd, btw, is the largest budget air carrier in Southeast Asia.

The plot thickens like milk left under the sun going bad.

The shine of Cory’s and Ninoy’s yellow glow that dazzled the starstruck eyes of all who supported, waxed poetic for, and bankrolled son Noynoy’s rise to the presidency has turned into a harsh glare. The silence in recent months coming from the Yellow mob (likely stunned by the astounding abomination their dream Presidency has become) has become deafening.

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Johnny Derp
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The countdown has begun.
Aquino’s hold on the people is fading fast.
The malacanang trolls are powerless to hide the truth about their “leader”.

The fall of the aquino regime is dashing towards reality.
The end of the yellow rule is near.

R3D
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It clearly shows that no matter how much we wanted to progress as a nation economically, politics and family business interests will always rear its ugly head.

If the report about the Sabah deal is indeed true, the real commie Ninoy deserves to be exposed.

Thomas Jefferson
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The politics of expediency reared its ugly head when BS Aquino went to Tokyo, Japan to conduct secret talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Central Leadership. Malaysia became the venue of so-called peace talks that was more of a political circus intended to give all the advantages and benefits to the MILF. The Malaysian International Monitoring Team (IMT) composed of Major Generals and their staff entered our sovereign territory as if they had the sovereign right to interfere in our country’s internal affairs. Did BS waive our rights? Malaysia manipulated the peace talks to give all the advantages… Read more »
Glenn
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YOU ARE VERY CORRECT, Aquino has just flat-out given half of Mindanao to a foreign government that is going to institute Shariah or Muslim law. Bad news for Christians for sure. BUT Aquino has benefitted on many fronts. Muslims will see him as a liberator, peace-maker. Recognition will come to him as a ‘Man of Peace’ for brokering an end to a 40 yr. old conflict. He may even win the Nobel peace prize for this!!He will no doubt, somehow, benefit from the revenue of the taxes being paid to the ruling gov’t. in Bangsamorro. The losers here (this should… Read more »
Thomas Jefferson
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The Malaysian interference into Philippine internal affairs is real. It brokered the one-sided peace efforts benefiting the Jihadist Moro Islamic Liberation Front. All this despite the fact that the CPP-NPA-NDF is a formal ally and a tagged FTO. Other FTO’s allied with the MILF include Abu Sayaff Group and the Jemaah Islamiya Al Quaeda in Asia. These MILF allies seek shelter and sanctuary in MILF Base Camps. The big problem is what about the other Muslim tribes including the Sultanate of Sulu and the other Royal Houses of Mindanao? Is this a divide and conquer strategy leading to Al Haj… Read more »
reyes
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To being my kasaysayan today, I would like to start understand the history of our country from what we’ve learn from schools, not from Streetman who claiming himself as sultan without a nation. How many of us understand the term of “Sultan”? Therefore, let me ask anyone of you who are reading my “kuwento” to answer me on below 3 important questions; Question No. 1: What is the meaning of Sultan? Is Sultan a King or Empror? Answer: Sultan is neither a King nor Empror, Sultan is a ruler of a Muslim country, where Muslim must be at least majority… Read more »
Johnny Saint
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We expect the Malaysians to put their interests before those of the Philippines. It is only natural. They are MALAYSIANS.

What you cannot explain is WHY the president of the Philippines PUTS THE INTERESTS OF MALAYSIA BEFORE THE WELFARE OF THE PHILIPPINES. Nor can you explain away the apparent vested interests the Aquino and Cojuangco families have in SELLING OUT their country for financial gain.

Glenn
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There is nothing difficult to figure out here. The wishes of the ‘people’do not matter, PERIOD! that is the way it is around the globe. France, Ireland..the entire West has been screwed by the people who run things. WHAT you think the Philippines is different? Wake-up! Glory to the corporate elite and the rest get shit,and if they do not like it…well, what are they gonna do? Keep in mind, the MILITARY WILL POINT THEIR CANNONS AT YOU!!! it is laughable to think these idoits did what they di,REALLY IS, but how much more so if anyone thinks a President… Read more »
Johnny Saint
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And as long as you are attempting to use a historical basis for your overly verbose — albeit irrelevant — comments, you should include Ninoy Aquino’s efforts to start a civil war in Mindanao and risk a war with Malaysia all for his ambition to become DICTATOR in place of Ferdinand Marcos.

Glenn
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Rizak can’t negotiate a territorial claim, it is simple as that. THESE IDIOTS DID WHAT THEY DID, and will now die for it. If that is what they want, they will surely get it. To hear people here belly-aching about Aquino not backing these guys up,WTF? This was not a gov’t. backed ‘invasion’. Even the Philippine Military could have done better than these idiots. FACT: they rolled the dice, and to no ones’ surprise, it has come up CRAPS! Time to pay up, the shit is over they deserve the slaughter they shall receive. NEVER FIGHT A BATTLE YOU KNOW… Read more »
Jaime Veridune
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If I were the president, I would try to, by any means, avoid war or any armed conflict in the first place, with Malaysia or with Kiram III. Anyway, as you have said that former President Quezon said the the government is no more recognizing the Sultanate of Sulu, why is Sulu under Philippine territory? From that point in history, can’t they self-determine their way into a distinct and independent state from the Philippines? Or, have the people of the former Sultanate agreed that it is over and decided to be a province of the Philippine State (democratic in other… Read more »
Icebreaker
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Let’s say, the Sabah stuff didn’t occur. And scarborough shoal is at freeze. What is the current progress? China has already built an infrastructure where our govt is still under diplomacy in the International Law. Once a big dominant country took over, words are just going to dissipate in times. Still we are weak! As long as we don’t focus on upgrading our technology and don’t unite as a whole. We will always be a follower by foreign invaders. Truth hurts! So to all those Intelligent Filipinos, Please make use of your brain wisely thru action. ACTION speaks louder than… Read more »
Glenn
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yes, true words…but useless. years of corruption:where defense funds were pilfered by corrupt Generals. Years of corrupt administrations that rely of beneficence of the USA (if it weren’t them it would be someone else!)has made the current dilapidated condition of the Philippine armed forces. The money has been spent, taken overseas to by real estate for the families of the thieves, and the Filipino people have been robbed by their own people, u kno:the ones elected to ‘serve’ the people. The shit is so despicable, detestable and ultimately SAD, but that is where the situation stands. The Filipino did it… Read more »
SMA
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I think in this matter the Philippine government and people should be guided only by the laws of the Philippines and International Law. This man Jamallul is a private Filipino citizen and not the sovereign of the Philippines or any other nation. The residual rights of any sovereignty or territorial claims that exist prior to to the birth of the Philippines should only be invested with the Republic of the Philippines(RP) and the RP can choose to make this claims thru bilateral negotiations or thru International Agencies like the UN or ICJ or even go to war. Jamallul on the… Read more »
Glenn
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The guy is a dip-shit. What did he do? Send 200 guys to invade Malayasia? What does that say about him and his followers? They are idiots? they are drugs? both?
it is just un-flippin-believable that anyone even listens to anything the guy says. and one thing is for sure, if the ‘SULTAN”(LOL!!!) sends or tells anyone to start committing acts that lead to deaths of innocent citizens anywhere in the world, the “SULTAN”(LOL) should pay the price with his ass! just kill the guy, once and for all.

Hyden Toro
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Aquino is the modern version of Malaysian KALIBAPI…treachery is in their genes, along with collaboration with the enemy…

reyes
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As I’ve mentioned in my previous posting, I’ve 2 brothers and a sister working in Sabah. They are constantly updating me and my family on the situation in Sabah through skype and phones, which is totally opposite with the reports given by Bantilan Esmail II, a brother of Sulu “Sultan” Jamalul Kiram III, was quoted as saying that Malaysian authorities have allegedly ill-treating Filipinos in Sabah long before the Sulu incursion began. Jamalul Kiram demand the Philippine to hold Malaysia accountable for possible human rights violations against the 800,000-strong Filipino migrant community in Sabah at the hands of local authorities… Read more »
Andrew
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Good to see that someone has the courage to post a few facts here.

Thomas Jefferson
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Damage control for the sleeping president. From the Daily Tribune:

http://www.tribune.net.ph/headlines/item/11725-noy-aides-rachet-up-damage-control.html

Thomas Jefferson
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More truths for the yellow trolls…
Malaysian Crimes Against Humanity. From the Manila Standard:

http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/2013/03/14/malaysias-crimes-against-humanity/

Thomas Jefferson
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The Sultanate of Sulu has valid historical title as Sabah is theirs and hence ours. What a pity that the Malaysian Navy and the Philippine Navy are cooperating to arrest the Sultanate’s men. They are tagged as terrorists and will be charged with illegal possession of firearms under the COMELEC gun ban and inciting to war when they were just protecting their property rights in Sabah. Gross injustice is apparent when the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and its Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO’s) allies in the CPP-NPA-NDF, Abu Sayaff Group and Jemaah Islamiya Al Quaeda in Asia all illegally possess high… Read more »
Andrew
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“The Sultanate of Sulu has valid historical title as Sabah is theirs and hence ours…” Actually, the Sultanate of Sulu has no title to Sabah and never had a title to Sabah. Can you provide one single document that evidences Sulu’s claim to Sabah in the pre-colonial era? You cannot, because there are none. Sulu claimed a part of what is now Sabah but that claim was never agreed by Brunei. Accordingly, Overback took a cession of Sabah from the Sultan of Brunei at 12,000 dollars a year and, because of Sulu’s pretended claim, in order to to avoid trouble… Read more »
RT
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Aquino, despite his human faults, has been democratically elected as President. We neither need nor want a hereditary Sultan. Long live Repúblika ng Pilipinás!

No Royal Army can stop an idea whose time has come, i.e. feudalism should give way to modernism, monarchy should give way to democracy, and militancy should give way to peace. The tide of time will drown the Sultan and his Royal Army.

StopDrinkingVirility
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Well, I just hope you’re trolling. Your post is indeed… hilarious.

Andrew
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I would be interested in Benign0’s take on this:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/03/15/the-mysterious-case-of-the-sulu-sultan/

Thomas Jefferson
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More indigestion for the yellow trolls. Malaysians suffer more casualties. From the Daily Tribune:

http://www.tribune.net.ph/headlines/item/11839-malaysian-troops-suffered-more-casualties-in-sabah-assault.html

Thomas Jefferson
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The Kirams are no longer alone. From the Manila Standard:

http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/2013/03/19/10-royal-houses-joining-kirams/

garuda
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Let us pay tribute to the fallen Sabah Marines. Taps! Taps! The smoking light is out. The Standards at half mast. Taps! Taps!

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