(Has the Tie that Binds National Integrity and Honor Been Severed Off from Sulu Sultanate Re Sabah Claim?)
"Bilang Pangulo, nakaatang sa aking balikat ang buhay, hindi lang ng grupo ni Rajah Muda Agbimuddin Kiram, kundi maging ang kapakanan at kaligtasan ng tinatayang walondaang libong Pilipinong nasa Sabah. Bawat buhay ay mahalaga, at wala tayong ibang pakay kundi ang mangibabaw ang kaligtasan ng mga kababayan natin, nasaang panig man sila ng mundo."
[Adm-08] Please click the link to read the March 4 statement of President Aquino on the situation in Sabah:
With all due respect and begging for your indulgence, I am addressing this commentary/intervention to the President, to all my respected brethren pictured behind him in the photo and to all Filipino citizens who may read this. When we think of the welfare and well-being of the majority; we have to make decisions that are grounded on human rights and justice for ALL.
In this cul de sac that was a defensive stance initially but now has been tackled using offensive engagement by the Malaysian government, we implement solutions by not issuing verdict and judgment without due process of law. When the scales are tipped, and the oppressed are push to the edge, they naturally take drastic decisions which the PRESIDENT must bear in mind that he did not order.
THUS, by virtue of humans patriae as Vanguard of the State, the PRESIDENT of the Philippines must protect the oppressed and the down-trodden be they a measly number of Filipino citizens, nonetheless, they have the right to be protected and defended.
As it is, the PRESIDENT appealed censoriously; he did not exhibit any semblance of compassion for Raja Muda Agbimuddin and his men or for the Sultanate of Sulu’s claim who are in the brink of utter desperation when the President in all probity could have acted as a 3rd-Party Interventionist to protect the proprietary rights of Sulu Sultanate and the lives that are currently endangered.
Can you blame the Sulu Sultan and his royal forces for their stubborn stance? Where there is unfounded injustice, repression and suppression; there is spiral of HRV and concomitant violence. Consequently, there is LOSS OF TRUST and CONFIDENCE in the GOVERNMENT to promote, RESPECT and FULFILL the rights of MUSLIMS. The President’s appeal sounded as an ultimatum and made the Sulu Sultan and his royal forces that their President has relinquished his responsibility on them because it seemed that the President is more concern with bilateral ties with Malaysia. Showing respect for a human being’s dignity is not a sign of weakness even for a State President.
Not only the Filipinos are worth dying for, even Tausugs are worth dying for unless you regard them not as citizens of the Philippines. National integrity and honor and is not endemic to the President unless he is unconsciously severing off the Sulu Sultanate from the ties that bind the Philippine National Security, Intergrity and Honor. Why would he even doubt the legitimacy of Sulu Sultanate’s claim when since 1878 until present the Sultan and his heirs are still receiving the annual lease from Malaysia?
A Google search for the word "Sabah," the state at the center of Malaysia's biggest security crisis in years, came back with a search results page that quotes "Wikipedia" calling Malaysian control of the state "illegitimate." "Sabah is illegitimately considered one of the 13 member states of Malaysia, and is said to be its easternmost state but in fact, it is part of the Sultanate of Sulu," the passage read, shown in a box previewing the Wikipedia entry for Sabah.
I respectfully affirm Senator Salonga’s statement that “the contract of lease on the basis of British documents and records cannot be disputed here or abroad and that it contains a technical description of the territory in terms of natural boundaries, thus:
“… all the territories and lands being tributary to us on the mainland of the island of Borneo commencing from the Pandassan River on the NW coast and extending along the whole east coast as far as the Sibuco River in the south and comprising, among others, the states of Peitan, Sugut, Bangaya, Labuk, Sandakan, Kinabatangan, Muniang and all the other territories and states to the southward thereof bordering on Darvel Bay and as far as the Sibuco River with all the islands within three marine leagues of the coast.”
Further, that “thousands of years ago, what is now known as the Philippines and what is known today as Borneo used to constitute a single historical, cultural, economic unit…Borneo is only 18 miles away from us today…North Borneo, formerly known as Sabah, was originally ruled by the sultan of Brunei. In 1704, in gratitude for help extended to him by the sultan of Sulu in suppressing a revolt, the sultan of Brunei ceded North Borneo to the Sulu sultan.” [http://globalnation.inquirer.net/66739/salonga-explains-sabah-claim/ excerpts from a speech that Sen. Jovito R. Salonga delivered on March 30, 1963]
Where has the President’s bravado gone now? Is this the same Pres Noynoy who spoke of national security and patriotism in clear terms (alluding to Spratlys) during his SONA in 2011? “Kung seguridad na rin lang po ang ating pag-uusapan, di ba’t karugtong din nito ang ating pambansang dangal? Dati, hindi man lang natin makuhang pumalag tuwing may sisindak sa atin sa loob mismo ng ating bakuran. Malinaw ang pahiwatig natin ngayon sa buong mundo: Ang sa Pilipinas ay sa Pilipinas; kapag tumapak ka sa Recto Bank, para ka na ring tumapak sa Recto Avenue.” Does his bravado begin only in Spratlys and terminate on Sabah claim?
Perhaps, this is exactly the sentiment that Sultan Jamalul Kiram III and Raja Muda Agbimuddin III are resonating to their State President, to Malaysia and to the rest of the world at the moment: “That like Noynoy, they want peace and they do not have any intention to engage in an offensive skirmish; that they merely wish to proclaim to the world that what is rightfully the Sulu Sultanate’s is the Sulu Sultanate’s; and that they are merely sending a message across that like the President, they are more than ready to defend what is lawfully theirs.”
"Bilang Pangulo, nakaatang sa aking balikat ang buhay, hindi lang ng grupo ni Rajah Muda Agbimuddin Kiram, kundi maging ang kapakanan at kaligtasan ng tinatayang walondaang libong Pilipinong nasa Sabah. Bawat buhay ay mahalaga, at wala tayong ibang pakay kundi ang mangibabaw ang kaligtasan ng mga kababayan natin, nasaang panig man sila ng mundo." http://1.president.gov.ph/speech/pahayag-ni-pangulong-aquino-ukol-sa-mga-kaganapan-sa-sabah-ika-4-ng-marso-2013/
Kung talagang isinasaalang-alang nga ng ating Pangulo “ang kapakanan ng bawat Pilipino nasaan man sila naroroon---bakit kaya ang mga Pinuno ng mga Bansa kapag yaman at pera na ang usapin---hindi na dinadaan sa 4-way test tulad na lang ng pagbibigay pahintulot sa EXXOn-Mobil sa pagbabarina ng pusod ng Karagatan ng Sulu kahit pa magdudulot ito ng malubhang pinsala at panganib hindi lamang sa mismong buhay ng mga mamamayang Pilipino kundi maging sa kanilang kapaligiran-kalikasan at maging sa paglawig ng mismong buhay ng mundo?!?
Maraming mga isyu at katanungan ang nabuksan, maaring masama sa unang tingin pero sadyang may kakambal na katotohanan na siyang nagbalot ng liwanag sa kasaysayan ng Sultanato ng Sulu at ng North Borneo.
If in exposing historical truth, consequentially would ultimately bring benefit to the progeny of the Muslim Filipinos to enjoin good and forbid evil...and to finally end the centuries-old perpetuation of injustice and historical and economic genocide upon the Bangsamoro, then the Raja Muda Agbimuddin and his men would never have to die in vain after all...
Inna Lillaahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un...Allah indeed is our Sole Protector, The Best To Protect and the Best To Help... this sufficeth more than upgrading one's capability in terms of billions can...