Muslim solon demands DFA briefing on Sabah claim

Published December 25, 2019, 6:10 PM

by Martin Sadongdong & Antonio Colina

By Ben Rosario 

Lanao del Norte Rep. Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo has asked the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to provide the House of Representatives a briefing of the status of the Philippine claim on Sabah.

House of the Representatives (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN / FILE PHOTO)
House of the Representatives (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN / FILE PHOTO)

In House Resolution 593, Dimaporo recalled that the country’s claim that Sabah is part of the Philippine territory is supported by the Supreme Court which issued a ruling on the issue on July 16, 2011.

Dimaporo, chairman of the House Committee on Mindanao Affairs, pointed out that the High Court has ruled that Philippines Sabah bid “can be pursued in the future.”

The Mindanao lawmaker noted that there are a big number of Filipinos living in Sabah who need Philippine government support.

He said the Philippine government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs, “is steadfast on its stand that Sabah is part of the territory” of the Philippine republic.

However, the DFA has also refused to create a consular office in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah’s capital, reasoning out that “it is against the Philippine government’s stand on the Sabah claim.”

Dimaporo stressed that to protect Filipinos’ welfare, the DFA must reconsider its decision.

“For the welfare of Filipino citizens in Sabah, it is the role of Congress to ensure that services will be available to them without prejudice to the territorial dispute with Malaysia,” he explained.

To guide Congress as to what action it can take on the issue, the DFA must provide lawmakers a briefing on the status of the Sabah claim.

In its bid to reclaim Sabah from Malaysia, the Philippines has declared that it is the successor state of the Sultanate of Sulu which has leased the part known as North Borneo to the British North Borneo Company in 1878.

Malaysia, on the other hand, had insisted that the area had already been ceded under the lease agreement.

The Duterte administration has not taken any strong action to revive the claim but agreed that the Philippines indeed has a claim over the disputed territory.

 
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Muslim solon demands DFA briefing on Sabah claim

Published December 25, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Ben Rosario 

Lanao del Norte Rep. Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo has asked the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to provide the House of Representatives a briefing of the status of the Philippine claim on Sabah.

House of the Representatives (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN / FILE PHOTO)
House of the Representatives (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN / FILE PHOTO)

In House Resolution 593, Dimaporo recalled that the country’s claim that Sabah is part of the Philippine territory is supported by the Supreme Court which issued a ruling on the issue on July 16, 2011.

Dimaporo, chairman of the House Committee on Mindanao Affairs, pointed out that the High Court has ruled that Philippines Sabah bid “can be pursued in the future.”

The Mindanao lawmaker noted that there are a big number of Filipinos living in Sabah who need Philippine government support.

He said the Philippine government, through the Department of Foreign Affairs, “is steadfast on its stand that Sabah is part of the territory” of the Philippine republic.

However, the DFA has also refused to create a consular office in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah’s capital, reasoning out that “it is against the Philippine government’s stand on the Sabah claim.”

Dimaporo stressed that to protect Filipinos’ welfare, the DFA must reconsider its decision.

“For the welfare of Filipino citizens in Sabah, it is the role of Congress to ensure that services will be available to them without prejudice to the territorial dispute with Malaysia,” he explained.

To guide Congress as to what action it can take on the issue, the DFA must provide lawmakers a briefing on the status of the Sabah claim.

In its bid to reclaim Sabah from Malaysia, the Philippines has declared that it is the successor state of the Sultanate of Sulu which has leased the part known as North Borneo to the British North Borneo Company in 1878.

Malaysia, on the other hand, had insisted that the area had already been ceded under the lease agreement.

The Duterte administration has not taken any strong action to revive the claim but agreed that the Philippines indeed has a claim over the disputed territory.

 
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