All about the genuine Sabah Claim Society

ATTENTION! This blog is the genuine Sabah Claim Society.

We are Philippine patriots who have grouped together from around the world and who created the Sabah Claim Society group originally on Facebook on 15 July 2011 and counted close to 6,000 members.

But on 5 October 2011 our group on Facebook was traitorously hijacked by two people we had invited to join us as group admins but who, we learned later on, had been hired to sabotage our patriotic group by a group of sinister individuals sporting fake European sounding nobility titles and other spurious Tausug/Sulu titles ['bestowed' and indiscriminately distributed on Facebook] and organized by a combined team of charlatans namely a datu (sporting a fake sultan title) and the latter's handler who is conveniently sporting an absolutely fake 'princely' title as well.

Please be warned that the said group of individuals, we believe, are in fact con artists out to "claim" Sabah for "get rich quick" reasons and are not genuine Philippine patriots. Their motive, we have discovered, is to be able to convince Malaysians that they are genuine Sulu royalty and pro-Philippine Sabah claim supporters in order to extract from Malaysia (which has control of Sabah today) a premium for letting go of the Sabah claim.

For more information on the Philippine Sabah claim, please join the ongoing discussions by clicking on the following link on Facebook: Philippine Sabah Claim Forum


Friday, 20 December 2013


"The video showed that Mayor Binay's aides were armed with armalites and semi-automatics. They were seen cocking their guns as if they were ready for war. Senator Nancy Binay was seen just watching without even attempting to intervene and do the right thing. It only means that she and her brother have the same corrupt, ego/power-tripping mentality."

By Marlene Howe
20 December 2013

Background: Social media is buzzing with criticisms over the extraordinary incident involving Mr Binay Junior, mayor of Makati City and son of Vice-President Jejomar Binay, one of the frontrunners come presidential election 2016, and three security guards of a posh Makati subdivision. Mr Binay, in an amazing display of power had the three guards arrested for refusing his convoy passage through the subdivision. The Inquirer news published a CCTV footage of the incident:
Senator Alan Cayetano said that DILG should investigate this incident involving the son of Vice-President Jojo Binay who is also the mayor of the industrial district of Makati. Mayor Junjun Binay wielded his power against the poor security guards and ordered their arrest for doing their job. But obviously, Mayor Binay and his sister, Senator Nancy Binay, don't want to follow the rules because they feel they are above any rule of law.

Mayor Junjun Binay was arrogant and delivered the classic ego/power-tripping phrase, DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM? He  may be the mayor of Makati but certainly not above the law! Will Mar Roxas, as DILG Secretary do the right thing and take action on this blatant abuse of power? And will President Aquino support this action? This is the time to show your impartiality and do your job of making public officials accountable for their actions. The video and testimonies from the witnesses should be enough to prove the case.

The video showed that Mayor Binay's aides were armed with armalites and semi-automatics. They were seen cocking their guns as if they were ready for war. Senator Nancy Binay was also seen just watching without even attempting to intervene and do the right thing. It only means that she and her brother have the same corrupt, ego/power-tripping mentality..

Their father, the Vice-President also gave a lame excuse for his children's behavior saying that they, his children deserve some courtesy. What courtesy are you talking about, VP Binay? You mean they have to be given a pass not to follow the rules that other high profile and prominent people follow including foreign diplomats? What makes them above everybody else? You are a poor excuse of a father and public servant and you only proved that you have a corrupt mind as well and therefore, YOU DON'T DESERVE TO WORK FOR US! 

In fact, none of you deserve to be in the position of power because you are abusive and corrupt. It's a common knowledge that your children lack the experience to be leaders but because of your money and power they were put in the position of public trust. The Binays only proved to be UNTRUSTWORTHY of public trust. REMEMBER THIS, THE PEOPLE ARE YOUR BOSSES AND YOU ARE THE EMPLOYEES! 


Below is the incident reported in the Philippine Inquirer so you know what happened:

The general manager of the Dasmariñas Village Association (DVA) on Thursday defended the three guards who barred the convoy of Makati Mayor Junjun Binay from using the gate of the subdivision on Banyan and McKinley Roads on Nov. 30, saying they did nothing wrong.
“The rules apply to everybody,” DVA general manager Mike Bucoy said on Thursday. He said the subdivision did not have a “VIP policy.”
Bucoy was referring to the village policy prohibiting the exit of vehicles from the gate after 10 p.m.
The Inquirer reported on Wednesday that Binay had ordered the arrest of the three security guards after his convoy, which included his sister Sen. Nancy Binay, was prevented from using the gate close to midnight three weeks ago.
The guards insisted that the group could not pass through the gate, citing the village policy. The source interviewed by the Inquirer said the same policy was being followed by high-profile residents.

The 187-hectare Dasmariñas Village is home to the embassies of China, the Czech Republic, Egypt, India, Mexico, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Sri Lanka and Turkey, and the consulates of Oman and Vanuatu.

Prominent politicians and celebrities who reside there include Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile, former Sen. Joker Arroyo, former Tarlac Rep. Peping Cojuangco, former Speaker Jose de Venecia and singer Sharon Cuneta.
According to the source and the CCTV footage released by, Binay called for the police who then arrested the three security guards.

Asked if the guards were reprimanded for what happened, Bucoy said they were alright and were still working at the village.
“Wala namang mali na ginawa iyong mga guards ko (Our guards did nothing wrong),” he said.
This was echoed by Inquirer columnist and television host Solita “Winnie” Collas-Monsod who said: “The guards were correct… And Mayor Binay was obviously wrong. He was taking advantage of his position and trying to be above the law. And anything that goes above the law is wrong.”
Read more here.
Marlene Howe is co-Founder and Administrator of the Philippine Sabah Claim Forum and of the Defenders of Philippine Sabah and Spratly Claims community as well as  administrator of this blog. Ms Howe is US based but keeps a home in the Philippines.

Thursday, 12 December 2013


So much of the country's pork barrel funds have gone to waste financing not-so-important projects to gain political leverage and to line the private pockets of politicians. Poverty has been an ongoing problem and keeps the country in third world status when in fact, we should be one of the richest countries in the world because of our rich and immense natural resources. But our leaders have failed to capitalize on those because of their self-serving agenda.

By Marlene D. Howe
12 December 2013

There have been many posts on Facebook regarding leadership in the Philippines. The recent earthquake and typhoon Yolanda that hit the Central Visayas -- and before that the Zamboanga siege, showed the inept ability of our government leaders to deal with crisis as well as their selfish agenda and hubris. Someone mentioned that perhaps our culture has something to do with the way we are. How come then that developed countries seem to be more productive while we cannot seem to get ahead? We are regressing instead of progressing! 
Basically, all cultures are similar from the ancient days when our forefathers hunted for food. Culture only plays a part in our poverty because of failed leadership. Let's use Singapore as an example. The country, though smaller than ours, is much progressive than the Philippines thanks to leadership. But I put the blame on the people in general for voting for the same inutile trapos to the seat of power.

Here's my take on leadership in the Philippines compared to that of our neighboring country like Japan and our failure in readiness:
So much of the country's pork barrel funds went to waste financing not-so-important projects to gain political leverage and to line the private pockets of politicians. Poverty has been an ongoing problem and keeps the country in the third world status when in fact, we are supposed to be one of the richest countries in the world because of our rich and immense natural resources. But our leaders have failed to capitalize on those because of their self-serving agenda. They have not even thought of ways to prepare for catastrophic events like typhoon that has been a part of our life since time immemorial. We are geographically located in a disaster-prone area and yet our government does not have a plan or programs in placed to mitigate losses, recover and rehabilitate. Only the elites and those in the position of power to steal from the people get richer and the majority gets poorer.
There's a big difference between Japan and the Philippines. That is LEADERSHIP! I can't help compare the two countries because while Japan was able to rise up amidst the rubble of war and became an economic power, the Philippines in contrast, remains in the pit of misery. Japan also has emergency programs worth emulating. We have seen that during the tsunami and Fukushima disaster. The world saw how calm and organized their recovery methods are and there are designated refugee centers throughout the country with well-stocked emergency supplies.

In comparison to the Philippines, kung kelan tayo may calamity saka pa lang tayo mangangapa! (We prepare for calamity when it's there.) The recent typhoon Yolanda proved our inability to handle crisis once more. And though we received a lot of foreign donations, many of them were left rotting in the warehouse and many were sold to the grocery stores. Chaos and pandemonium in the aftermath of the typhoon went out of control because our politicians were busy in power tripping and finger-pointing.
Incidentally, I have said the same thing many times in the past comparing the Japanese leaders to our kapit-tuko disgraced politicians. Japanese leaders embroiled in disgraceful controversy commit hara-kiri or seppuku (suicide) while ours keep the status quo and lie to their teeth. Sila na ang may kasalanan, sila pa ang galit! I don't advocate suicide as it is a sin in many religious beliefs and culture. But at least, they should have the decency to resign from their post for the good of the country so our leaders can focus on other important issues. Japanese people also don't vote for someone with known questionable background unlike the Filipinos who keep voting for the same corrupt trapos and unqualified and inutile celebrities or political dynasty for a measly sum or celebrity status. 

The Filipino voters can't seem to separate personal admiration or adulation of the celebrity from the qualities of a true public servants. This has been the cycle that our people seem to be uninterested to change. Complacency and apathy became the norm. Our current desolate state is the manifestation of our reckless and "bahala na" attitude. Change comes from within! If we change our mindset, we can affect TRUE CHANGE by voting for the right reason and not for selfish reason. Vote for the right candidates because you know and you believe these people have honest desire to serve the people. If the candidate/s turned out to be corrupt or inept, don't vote for that person again. If we do this, our politicians will be more conscientious in their job knowing that come next election they will be out of job. We, the people have that power to hire and fire public servants. Let's be conscientious and not sell our votes. This is what PATRIOTISM is all about! Show love for the country by doing the right thing. 


Marlene Howe is co-Founder and Administrator of the Philippine Sabah Claim Forum and of the Defenders of Philippine Sabah and Spratly Claims community as well as  administrator of this blog. Ms Howe is US based but keeps a home in the Philippines.

Year 2013 will be remembered as the Aquino Govt's anti-Filipino and anti-Philippine sovereignty year

And the latest shocker: The incompetence and the corruption continue! Mr Aquino and his agents played and are playing partisan politics as Tacloban and the rest of the Visayas 'burned' and continue to burn in the post Yolanda-Haiyan catastrophe.

By Anne de Bretagne
12 December 2013
for the Philippine Sabah Claim Forum

On the Philippine front: Year 2013 has been for me a most disappointing year.

Firstly, because whatever one says, Mr Aquino and many in his Govt of merry men gave up Panatag Shoal without batting an eyelash. The Philippine Navy until the reign of Mr Aquino had always fought to keep Panatag Shoal despite their meagre assets. In the 90s, the PN did not allow poachers in it and kept intruders in check. Today, we can say goodbye to Panatag Shoal. Yes, the Philippines has raised the issue to the United Nations but I am under no illusion that even if the UN verdict is in our favour, Panatag will not be returned to PH. Let's face it: China has succeeded in stationing themselves right in our EEZ and there's nothing much we can do about it because the man who is supposed to lead this country does not possess the moral courage and the mental acumen to lead and do something about it.

Secondly, the Sabah stand off showed the true colours of the President of the Republic by overtly siding with Prime Minister Najib and the Malaysian murderers of Tausugs who had gone to Sabah to stake their claim. Mr Aquino, in his bid to honour the memory of his father and his so-called promise to the Malaysians, wittingly left out the Tausugs in his hurry to form the Malaysia-engineered Bangsamoro with the MILF rebels.

Thirdly: Filipinos then discovered the massive corruption industry that's been keeping Philippine politics alive and thriving which is also known as the Pork Barrel Corruption industry! The industry is still thriving last time I read the news but just renamed: DAP.

Fourthly: And while PH was still reeling from the incredibly corrupt Pork Barrel Corruption industry shock, Filipinos began killing each other in the South. The President led the charge in killing Filipinos. I am convinced that the Zamboanga "stand-off" was an offshoot of this Govt's pro-Malaysia stand that saw the unecessary killings of our own.

And the latest shocker: The incompetence and the corruption continue! Mr Aquino and his agents played and are playing politics as Tacloban and the rest of the Visayas 'burned' and continue to burn in the post Yolanda-Haiyan catastrophe.

These are the major issues that haunt Year 2013 for me. Understandably, there are hundreds more of sub-issues but to list them down is just depressing so I prefer to limit the list to the above five. However, the year is not over and there remains a big question: Will there be any more anti-Filipino and anti-Ph sovereignty events or issues in store from the Aquino Govt for 2013?


Monday, 9 December 2013

Bangsamoro pact abolishes ARMM; MILF gets substate status, with 58 ‘exclusive powers

Bangsamoro pact abolishes ARMM; MILF gets substate status, with 58 ‘exclusive powers

Written by  Tribune 
Tuesday, 10 December 2013

On its face, even as President Aquino hailed the power sharing deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the peace pact with the MILF may turn out to be unconstitutional, as the power sharing annex not only provides the Moro rebel group with 58 “exclusive powers” but also abolishes the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, even as the Constitution has not been amended.
Aquino’s peace deal with the MILF also establishes a full parliamentary system of government for the Bangsamoro government, where a Cabinet government is formed, and with the Chief Minister, or prime minister in a parliamentary system elected by the Islamic parliament, and where the chief minister then selects his deputy minister and other members who are also members of the parliament of his Cabinet government.
A no confidence vote can oust the chief minister by a two thirds vote, which is also a feature of any parliamentary government. The country is under a president system, not a parliamentary one. The peace pact appears to be no different from the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MoA-AD) entered into between the Arroyo government and the MILF, which was already declared unconstitutional by the high court.
The ministerial Bangsamoro government has been granted by the Aquino peace panel at least 58 exclusive powers including the power over ancestral domain and natural resources within its jurisdiction.
Among the exclusive powers granted to the MILF ate the Barter trade and countertrade with Asean countries; the establishment of government-owned and controlled corporations and financial institutions; its own Islamic banking and financing system; power over ancestral domains and natural resources; land management, land distribution, and agricultural land use reclassification; expropriation and eminent domain; the customary justice system which includes the establishment of the Shariah court system ; the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) that shall jointly promote the development of the Islamic banking system, to include among others the establishment of a Shari’ah supervisory board; receive grants and donations; power over inland waterways for navigation; inland waters; public works and highways within the Bangsamoro under its powers and establishment or creation of other institutions, policies and laws for the general welfare of the people in the Bangsamoro.
The power sharing annex had been considered highly contentious, with MILF rebels seeking greater authority over a proposed autonomous region in the south which will cover Muslim-dominated regions of this mainly-Catholic archipelago of 100 million.
The accord, signed by negotiators from the government and MILF representatives in Kuala Lumpur, is seen by the Palace and the MILF as yet another step toward finally ending the bloody insurgency in the southern Philippines.
A joint statement said both sides were now “confident” that they could soon sign the last remaining annex on normalization and complete the comprehensive peace agreement by January 2014.
The newly-signed power sharing annex had been one of four preliminary accords that had to be completed before a final peace deal could be signed.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

The Taiwan Straits Crisis – A Hair’s Breadth from Annihilation

The Taiwan Straits Crisis – A Hair’s Breadth from Annihilation

Sixty years have come and gone, but the sun has yet to set on the Taiwan Straits Crisis. Stranded on the rocky island of secrecy amid the storms of the Cold War (1947-1991), the mists of time should not be permitted to veil the lessons that must be learned.  In the U.S. during the early 1950s, Eisenhower was in office, China was engaged in a civil war, the Soviets were antsy, and the Air Force longed to hear the words  ‘the pickle is hot’ indicating they were free to unload armaments. The only thing missing from the high-tension plot was a bevy of brilliant beauties unless, of course, you consider Madam Chiang Kai-shek and Hedy Lamar.
Like a fine dining experience, the Taiwan Straits crisis unfolds in courses paired with the appropriate drink. In the late 1920s, China engaged in a great civil war. Following the final gasp of the Qing Dynasty in 1917, China was an unwieldy briar patch. From the political vacuum of swirling cultures and societal chaos coupled with the sheer size of the country, two primary competing forces emerged; Mao Tse-tung who would be at the helm of the Peoples’ Republic of China (PRC) with a Communist agenda and Chiang Kai-Shek (ROC) who would lead the forces that did not want communism.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Jamalul Kiram III dies, daughter says sultan wants Pinoys to continue fight for Sabah

Jamalul Kiram III dies, daughter says sultan wants Pinoys to continue fight for Sabah
October 20, 2013 8:20 AM

UPDATE 4 - 9:14 a.m.) MANILA, Philippines - Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III passed away Sunday morning at the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) in Quezon City, the sultan's daughter Princess Jacel Kiram, told dzMM radio. 
Kiram, who fought to reclaim Sabah from Malaysia, died at 4:42 a.m. He was 75. 
He was supposed to undergo dialysis but his blood pressure dropped drastically prompting his family to rush the sultan to the PHC where he died due to multiple organ failure, according to Princess Jacel. 
"Iniwanan n'ya tayo [He left us] with something to move on. We have to continue fighting for the Filipino people," his daughter said. 
"Ang gusto n'ya tayo na lang ho ang magpatuloy for the Sabah case [What he wants is for us to pursue the Sabah case]," added Kiram's daughter. 
Princess Jacel said that before he died, her father said that, "You have to be strong dahil meron pa tayong misyon sa buhay. Kailangang maibalik kung ano ang dapat na maibalik sa atin You have to be strong because we still have a mission in life. What needs to be returned should be returned to us] ."  
She said Kiram also always told his family that, "Everything happens because the Almighty allowed it to happen." 
Kiram's remains were brought to his residence at Maharlika Village in Taguig City
Princess Jacel said their family would like to bury the sultan in Maimbung, Sulu within 24 hours. 
In February this year,  Kiram sent about 400 of his followers to Tanduao village in Sabah's remote coastal town of Lahad Datu to reclaim the territory. 
Kiram said he was prompted to send his people to Sabah after the Philippine government left them out of the framework agreement signed in October, which only catered to the interest of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
It was Malaysia, which took over Sabah in 1963, that brokered the peace talks between the Philippine government and the MILF. 
While the MILF respects the Kiram family's claim to Sabah and won't stand in the way of that claim, it "will not revive the claim," according to Khaled Musa, deputy chairperson of the MILF's committee on information.   
Kiram, who ran but lost in the 2007 senatorial elections, was the acknowledged leader of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo. The sultanate based in Southern Philippines once controlled North Borneo, which is now known as Sabah.   
The sultanate acquired Sabah as a prize for helping the Sultan of Brunei against his enemies.
According to the sultante, it did not relinquish its sovereignty over Sabah and only leased the territory to the Briitish North Borneo Company starting in 1878.
Pajak, the keyword in the 1878 pact
The keyword in the 1878 agreement between the Kiram family and Gustavo von de Overbeck of the Briitish North Borneo Company was pajak. The Kirams maintain that pajak means lease. But Malaysian authorities define pajak as sale. 
The lease continued until the independence and formation of the Malaysian federation in 1963, which included Sabah.
Because of Sabah's inclusion, the Philippine government during the presidency of Diosdado Macapagal, broke diplomatic relations with Malaysia.
It was during Macapagal's term when then reigning Sultan of Sulu, Muhammad Esmail E. Kiram I, ceded to the Philippine government the full sovereignty, title, and dominion of Sabah to the Republic of the Philippines. This gave the Philippine government the full authority to pursue its claim to Sabah in international courts. 
But starting in 1989, succeeding administrations put the Sabah claim on the back burner and instead decided to pursue economic and security relations with Malaysia.
P70,000 for 7 million hectares 
Up to now, the heirs of the sultanate receive rental money for Sabah from the Malaysian government. 
Sabah’s total land area is 7.36 million hectares or almost one-fourth of the Philippines, which is 30 million hectares.
Annually, the Malaysian government pays the heirs of the Sultanate of Sulu, 5,300 Malaysian ringgit currently equivalent to P70,000. If pajak is defined as rent, it means that Malaysia’s annual rent of Sabah is only .009 centavos per hectare. 
According to Kiram, the rent they receive only proves that the sultante owns Sabah
"Why should we leave our own home? In fact, they are paying rent (to us)," Kiram earlier told reporters in Manila
"Our followers will stay in Lahad Datu. Nobody will be sent to the Philippines. Sabah is our home," he added.

Sultan Jamalul Kiram III has passed away

We have learned with profound sadness that HM Sultan Jamalul Kiram III passed away today 20 October 2013.

The Philippine Sabah Claim Forum, its founders, administrators, members, friends and supporters would like to express their heartfelt condolences to the family of Princess Jacel H. Kiram-Hasan for their loss and that of the Tausug people.

Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, the leader of the group of Sultanate royal forces who sailed to Sabah in February this year to stake their claim, was the visible face and voice of the nation's claim to Sabah. It was Sultan Jamalul who brought back the Republic's claim to Sabah to the fore when his loyal forces chose to do battle with Kuala Lumpur troops despite the hostility of the Philippine government early this year and despite overwhelming odds.

The nation has lost an admirable man, a formidable leader and a great proponent of the Philippine claim to Sabah who had said time and time again that Sabah belonged to the Philippine Republic and to the Filipino people.

May His Majesty rest in peace.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Sultanate won’t give up fight over Sabah

Sultanate won’t give up fight over Sabah

AS the Muslim community celebrates Eid’l Adha, the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo on Tuesday assured that it will never abandon its territorial claim over Sabah.
Sultanate Spokesman and Secretary-General Abraham Idjirani said that they have no plans of giving up their fight to regain Sabah from the Malaysia  despite the lack of support from the Philippine government.
“The claim of the Sultanate of Sulu over Sabah through the GRP [Government of the Republic of the Philippines] is now abandoned by the Philippine government,” he said.
Because of that, he added, “the Sultanate is compelled to pursue independently the claim, acting on its historic and legal rights over Sabah.”
He said the continued presence of Raja Muda (crown prince) Agbimuddin Kiram to Sabah, along with the 200 fighters of the Royal Security Forces (RSF) only proves their assertion of their sovereign and proprietary rights over the territory.
“The RSF remained in Lahad Datu, maintaining a defensive stand to avoid further clashes with the Malaysian security forces,” Idjirani said.
The sultanate’s presence in Sabah, Idjirani added, also hopes to prove to the international community that Malaysia does not respect international agreements as in the case of the Manila Accord of 1963.
Malaysia is a mere administrator of Sabah as the issue is still pending resolution in the UN since 1962,” Idjirani said.
He said the RSF fighters  were continuously repositioning in controlled areas to avoid an encounter with the Malaysian forces, which is in compliance with the previous call of the United Nations for sobriety.
On February, Sultan Jamalul Kiram 3rd sent his brother, Raja Muda  to Sabah, along with 200 fighters to revive the sultanate’s long-standing claim over the resource-rich Sabah.
The intrusion prompted the Malaysian military to launch offensive operations to flush out Kiram’s armed followers.
A total of 68 members of the sultanate’s fighters and 10 Malaysian policemen and soldiers were killed in the series of clashes.
According to Idjirani, seven months after the cessation of hostilities, the RSF in Sabah has grown to 1,600 men, backed up by volunteers from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). RITCHIE A. HORARIO

Monday, 30 September 2013

Who will benefit from an independent "Islamic state of Mindanao"? Why, Malaysia, of course!

In a July 2012 blog of mine, immediately after the Malaysia-inspired GPH-MILF panels came up with their "talking points" for the Framework Agreement which was engineered by Malaysia, I more or less predicted that if you aren't happy with your PH passport, pretty soon you could opt for a MILF passport: "FILIPINO PASSPORT, NOT GOOD ENOUGH? PRETTY SOON, YOU CAN OPT TO HAVE MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front Republic) PASSPORT"

Well, looks like a group is now preparing the ground for just that! In picture is one of their banners: picture of a so-called 'Islamic state of Mindanao' and it's very own 'passport.'

Very soon, President Aquino and his MILF counterpart (egged on by Malaysia deal "engineers") might just present us with an independent Bangsamoro which could even federate with Malaysia in the future. Naknampucha! The beginning of the dismantling of the Republic! Some guys in Malacanang should hang their heads in shame!

When that happens, DON'T CRY FILIPINAS!

We at Philippine Sabah Claim Forum have been telling everybody over and over again, ad nauseum, that this so-called peace deal being engineered by Malaysia is NOT for our good but for the good of Malaysia. Why? Because those bleeding Malaysians will do anything, even make Filipinos kill Filipinos (thanks to our great commander-in-chief) so they could keep Sabah. It's up to Filipinos to stop the future dismantling of the Republic.

~ AdB
For the Philippine Sabah Claim Forum
01 October 2013

Friday, 27 September 2013

Manila's UN challenge vs China over disputed waters gathers pace behind 'formidable' legal team

Manila's UN challenge vs China over disputed waters gathers pace behind 'formidable' legal team

HONG KONG - The Philippines' legal challenge against China's claims in the South China Sea is gathering pace, emerging as a "proxy battle" over Beijing's territorial reach.
Manila has assembled a crack international legal team to fight its unprecedented arbitration case under the United Nations' Convention on the Law of the Sea - ignoring growing pressure from Beijing to scrap the action.
Any result will be unenforceable, legal experts say, but will carry considerable moral and political weight.
The Philippines has invested a "huge amount of political capital in this legal gambit and it wants to ensure success regardless of the cost," said security scholar Ian Storey of Singapore's Institute of South East Asian Studies.
"If the Philippine team submits a less than convincing case...this would be very embarrassing for Manila and put it right back to square one in its dispute with China.
"Beijing would also be emboldened to pursue its claims even more assertively than it has been doing over the past few years."
Beyond the legal questions, the case carries political and diplomatic risks and is being closely watched by Japan and Vietnam, locked in their own disputes with China over sea territory, officials from both countries say.
The United States, which is deepening military ties with the Philippines, a longstanding treaty ally, is also watching.
The legal battle mirrors tensions at sea, where China and the Philippines eye each other over rival occupations of the Scarborough and Second Thomas shoals.
Chinese vessels occupied Scarborough after a tense two-month standoff between rival vessels last year - a move some regional analysts have described as an effective annexation by Beijing.
The Philippines accused China of further encroachment when a naval frigate and two other ships steamed within five nautical miles of a dilapidated transport ship that Manila ran aground on Second Thomas Shoal in 1999 to mark its territory.
One Asian envoy from a non-claimant country said: "We are watching and worrying about an accident or miscalculation sparking an armed confrontation. So in some ways this growing legal fight looks like the proxy battle, you could say."
Overlapping claims in the South China Sea - traversed by half the world's shipping tonnage - are one of the region's biggest flashpoints amid China's military build-up and the U.S. strategic "pivot" back to Asia.
The claims of the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei are bisected by China's "nine-dash line" - the historic claim that reaches deep into the maritime heart of Southeast Asia.
European states, Russia, India and South Korea are also monitoring events, given the sea's shipping lanes and potential oil and gas resources, diplomats and military officials say.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

US Navy officer's (Ret) memo to leaders in PH Govt: Strengthen 'Institutional Performance' to diminish 'Drivers of Conflict'

Admins' note: There has been no respite this year for the widely-perceived incompetent Aquino Govt: the Tausug siege of Sabah that saw Suluks and Tausugs murdered by Kuala Lumpur troops while Pres Aquino merely delivered ultimatums from PM Najib of Malaysia, the billion-peso 'pork barrel' scam of which the 'accused' Janet Napoles has not been charged formally as of this writing, revelations of corruption scandals one after another, culminating in the armed conflict in Zamboanga which observers fear could ignite a full-scale war in Mindanao. The author issues a memo to remind leaders in Govt that... 

Unless the PHL strengthens "Institutional Performance," it will never be able to diminish "Drivers of Conflict."

By Sam Marcelo
25 September 2013

We had wargamed this before and had had proven that in a conflict environment, institutional performance is paramount in diminishing drivers of conflict. Alas, with the corruption brought about by pork barrel, and the Aquino administration miscalculation that caused the Zamboanga MNLF uprising, drivers of conflict will continue to flourish.

Drivers of conflict include but are not limited to: political impact of illicit wealth, economic incentive for conflict, effects of economic decline, injustice, impunity, political violence, threat from ex-combatant, popular support for violent factions, external destabilization, social disintegration, population displacement, social cleavages, and etc.

Institutional Performance include but are not limited to: public confidence in the govt, transparency, accountability, fiscal integrity, infrastructure, access to basic needs, provision of basic social services, public order and safety, equality before the law, administration of justice, respect for human rights, reconciliation processes, and etc.

The "Drivers of Conflict" and "Institutional Performance" have their respective measures and methodology that needed to be implemented and preferred trends that needed to be observed.

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Sam Marcelo is a United States Navy officer (retired). Sam comes from a long line of naval officers. His father, VAdmiral Virgilio P Marcelo, (AFP) was one of the most respected flag-officers-in-command of the Philippine Navy. This memo is also posted on the Philippine Sabah Claim Forum where Sam is a member.

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Misuari did not dig in the "pork barrel": he was poor when he was ARMM governor, was poor when he was jailed and remains poor today

Architects of the 1976 Tripoli Agreement
"ARMM has had a total of 6 governors in the following chronological order: Candao, Misuari, Hussin, Ampatuan, and now Hataman. Three governors have now followed him. Misuari was detained for 7 years when the Council of 15 under Sema broke off.

"During his term as governor, Misuari became vociferous about his inability to implement improvements because the ARMM budget was deceptive."

By Yolanda Ortega Stern
22 September 2013

DAY 13 - Story unleashed: "Blame Misuari. He failed miserably as governor of ARMM. He had the biggest opportunity. He lived like a king, stayed in a 5 Star hotel, enriched himself. He was a revolutionary who did not know how to run ARMM."

It's not as simple as that.

In 1996, after the peace agreement, we, the Federation of Philippine American Chambers of Commerce, signed Misuari's first memorandum of Agreement for Cooperation to help Mindanao. The ARMM office was made accessible to me. I traveled and listened to the people in many "Extraordinary People's Congress" and became hooked to solving the incredible problems of my own Mindanao. So here is a very digested response to the moment...

ARMM has had a total of 6 governors in the following chronological order: Candao, Misuari, Hussin, Ampatuan, and now Hataman. Three governors have now followed him. Misuari was detained for 7 years when the Council of 15 under Sema broke off.

During his term as governor, Misuari became vociferous about his inability to implement improvements because the ARMM budget was deceptive. It was not ARMM's but merely a transfer of administrative responsibilities to the governor's budget: 88% went to paying the salaries of over 18,000 teachers, some employed under Marcos yet; 10 % went to capital expenditures such as the Cotabato Ofc; a mere 2% went to operations.

As to the "5-Star Hotel", he held office at the seedy Admiral Hotel next to other offices, because it was cheaper than buying or renting a building that could accommodate the hundreds of people who lined up daily asking for the moon and offering financial instruments. Misuari was poor when he became governor, remained poor when he was jailed, is still poor today. He does not even own a house or a condo of his own.

Two other governors, Parouk Hussin and Zaldy Ampatuan served for almost a decade after him and a temporary OIC was appointed in the person of Mujiv Hataman who was elected in the last election and still serves.

Those succeeding governors had better luck in that funding poured in from foreign countries. But in the last decade under 3 governors, peace, happiness and prosperity have not yet come to the poor of Mindanao and some are still blaming Misuari. Some even label him a "spent force". In an ironic twist, even his old Presidents went or are in detention themselves. Misuari was audited 8 times and was cleared 8 times.

So forward the tape to today...

PGMA began the shift to the MILF and to the Sema MNLF, a move President Aquino adopted under advisement of no less than some old advisors with the nod of some foreign countries. Remember Ambassador Kirsty Kenney who undertook a few trips to KL to meet the MILF.

At that point, the Misuari MNLF had been negotiating for limited autonomy under the 5 technical working groups that PGMA requested. They had bent over backwards day and night with their Central Committee for two of PGMA's terms for a political solution. Misuari always believed in nothing less than a political solution to end 600 years of stress. Nothing moved. Then President Aquino comes into power, and proceeds to adapt the PGMA initiative. He goes to Singapore and offers the MILF limited autonomy and the Bangsamoro framework, exactly what Misuari had been asking for.

At the last tripartite meeting, I got unconfirmed reports that the OIC asked the Indonesian Embassy to inform Misuari that GPH had abrogated the 1996 Peace Agreement and that the decision was "irreversible". To add salt to the wound, the splinter MNLF supports the Framework.

It is important to understand that Misuari is not a dictator. He represents the confluent voices of Mindanao Moslems, Lumads and many Christians. The MILF is also claiming that the BMF is also for all Mindanaons.

President Aquino's election was a high note for Misuari and the Philippines. We were filled with hope and thought he would heal Mindanao like his father did.

Those born after 1976 and after 1996 must study all the agreements past and present in order to understand. Better yet, spend every free time reading up the history of the PH and Mindanao from all perspectives, and this will take half a decade. But you will learn to make educated judgements and you will raise your children with true knowledge of why Mindanao has failed at peace for the last 600 years.

"Men work together, whether they wok together or apart." R. Frost


Yolanda Ortega Stern, Ph.D. is the President of One World Institute (OWI), a Northern California-based non-profit, public benefit corporation registered in the United States and in the Philippines. Link: Ms Stern is also a member of the Philippine Sabah Claim Forum. This article is published with her  permission.


Related story:  Nur Misuari as leader of the ARMM and MNLF
By John Unson ( | Updated September 11, 2013 - 1:55pm

Friday, 20 September 2013


MNLF soldiers surrender weapons to President Marcos
"The only viable solution to the Moro problem is to make the Moro tribes part of the solution, to turn them into valuable assets of the common Motherland. Excessive fairness can do the trick and a lot of generosity. There's nothing wrong with that if done properly because it would allow a good leader to be strict whenever necessary and wherever it matters most -- like in the matter of the indivisibility of the Philippine state, for instance."

By Jose Rizal M. Reyes
21 September 2013

The soldiers and constables of the Republic have the duty to uphold the unity of the country and maintain peace and order. The nation should support them in performing that role, especially in the face of a clear and present danger.

And yet I cannot cheer too much for our gallant and reliable troops. For at the other side of the battlefield are warriors and sympathizers who are also children of the Motherland, citizens of our country. When the din and smoke of battle are gone, we will be left repairing the damage to our nationhood.

I am displeased that the ceasefire arranged by Vice President Jejomar Binay between government forces and the MILF was rejected by President Benigno Aquino III. A cabinet member said that Binay was not authorized by the president to negotiate a truce, although Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin has acknowledged that the vice president coordinated with him.

In any case, it shouldn't matter whether VP Binay coordinated with Malacanang or not. It shouldn't also matter if he is trying to snatch a plum role for himself -- an "epal", to use the pejorative Tagalog tag attached to him by some netizens. Given a chance for avoiding bloodbath among Filipinos, the Philippine president should have taken advantage of that chance.

Let's face it, we cannot kill off those brave and fighting Moro tribes even if we can. That would be genocide and the world will condemn us for that, to say the least. Nor can we intimidate and cow them to submission. The Spaniards, the Americans and the Japanese all tried mightily but failed.

The only viable solution to the Moro problem is to make the Moro tribes part of the solution, to turn them into valuable assets of the common Motherland. Excessive fairness can do the trick and a lot of generosity. There's nothing wrong with that if done properly because it would allow a good leader to be strict whenever necessary and wherever it matters most -- like in the matter of the indivisibility of the Philippine state, for instance.

Negotiations should be inclusive and representative. Negotiators should be cognizant of the distinct identities of the Maguindanaos, Maranaos, Tausugs and other Muslim tribes. Other residents in affected areas should also be heard -- including the Christians and the Lumads.

If there are interests or viewpoints that should be disregarded, it is those of foreigners. This is an all-Filipino affair and should be conducted that way. If we observe utmost fairness and respect towards each other, there would be no need for foreign mediators ... and foreign meddlers cannot intrigue against us.

We as a nation shouldn't feel so forlorn and fortuneless that we have this old seemingly unresolvable problem in the South. Other countries have faced a problem similar to ours. For example, what we now call the United Kingdom of Great Britain was not so united before. The England-centered state had problems with the Welsh, with the Scots and with the Irish. It took them centuries to unite and resolve the inter-ethnic and inter-religious issues with varying results.

Considering the many grave challenges the Philippines is subjected to in current times, we should try our best to look for capable and qualified leadership. The nation cannot afford anymore to have incompetent, corrupt and treasonous personalities occupying top positions and key offices in the land.

Only a capable national leadership, utterly devoted to the cause of the Motherland and the welfare of the Filipino nation, can unite and harmonize the Philippine archipelago and put an end to foreign insolence and territorial discourtesy.


Jose Rizal M Reyes is an ardent student of history and military strategy. He is also a poet-philosopher and retired information officer best known for the 2,000 sonnets he has written. This article is also posted on Facebook.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

On Malaysia-engineered GPH-MILF peace deal: A referendum must be held for people to decide

The Malaysia-engineered GPH-MILF peace agreement must be submitted to the nation for a referendum.

Why? Because it is about giving up a portion of the country's sovereignty rights over 13 provinces in Southern Mindanao to a secessionist-separatist group of rebels that we know is under the influence of Kuala Lumpur. And the people must have a say.

We all know that the interest of Kuala Lumpur in this so-called "peace" deal with the MILF is not motivated by altruism. It is borne of strategic thinking: TO USE THE MORO ISLAMIC LIBERATION FRONT (MILF) and the Bangsamoro against the Republic of the Philippines and to thwart ambitions by the Republic to take Sabah back.

Why are we letting Kuala Lumpur put one over us? People must know that the Malaysia-engineered GPH-MILF peace deal IS HOLDING BECAUSE OF A CEASEFIRE that PH Govt signed with the MILF. Note that Malaysia's troops are stationed in Mindanao. If for whatever reason, the ceasefire is violated and an armed conflict between our troops and the MILF ensues, you can be assured that both Malaysia boots and the MILF will fight the troops of our sad Republic. BE WARNED.

~~ Administrators,
Defenders of Philippine Sovereignty blog
19 September 2013
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In picture: Philippine Army gives bronze medals to Malaysian troops in recognition of their efforts to monitor peace between PH Govt and separatist rebel group MILF.
Photo by Ferdinand Cabrera lifted from 

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Zamboanga stand-off and the "Shortcut Syndrome"

Everyone must understand that the 96 Peace deal was offered by FVR to both MNLF & MILF (the latter, you all know, broke from the MNLF because they refused the Tripoli Agreement and preferred to continue the fight for secession). In essence, the MNLF dropped the secession doctrine after the 96 peace deal was forged, thanks to FVR; the MILF shunned the deal and continued with its secession war, funded by Malaysia. 

Today, the MILF, under the influence of Malaysia has managed to secure its own "peace deal" with Govt which would pave the way for sharing of sovereignty with the Republic. And why do you think Malaysia was chosen to engineer this peace deal with the MILF? Did Malaysia influence events and engineered the deal out of altruism?

You may kill Nur Misuari today but the problem with his supporters and the Southern Mindanao will remain. If you don't want the MNLF problem anymore, then the Armed Forces of the Philippines (which will be undoubtedly cheered by many Filipinos) need to annihilate the whole MNLF, their men, their women, their children, their unborn babies and every single living being remotely associated to the MNLF but even then you will have NO GUARANTEE that in the future you won't have a problem -- but the next time it will be with the MILF!!!

And the problem with the MILF will be of far bigger consequence, far more lethal because you will have to face Malaysia alongside them! (Oh, yes, we know, when that happens, Pinoys will shrug their shoulders and say, "Eh, wala naman tayong magagawa" the constant refrain from many commenters when the Sultanate forces of Sabah staked their claim in Tanduo and PH did NOT LIFT A FINGER IN THEIR DEFENCE while they were being murdered! But when it comes to Filipinos killing their own, they cheer on.)

Why are Filipinos allowing themselves to be manipulated into killing their own? Is it because it is easier to fight among themselves? Is it because it is the shortcut route - a shortcut remedy, something that Pinoys have a penchant for, preferring the "kill the MNLF" solution because it is easier, quicker perhaps than to have to face a more complex problem, i.e., MALAYSIA-MILF?

Tell Government to face the problem not with the barrel of the gun against its own but to re-examine with the MNLF what is wrong... Review the 96 Peace deal. Start from there. Govt has not been exactly above board in meeting its obligations in relation to the 96 Peace Deal.

Our advice to Prof Nur Misuari: Sit down with Govt and talk; send emissary to tell Govt that you will lay down your arms and that you want to talk. Request an OIC member to parlay for you if necessary. There are members of Govt, we are confident, who are not completely devoid of brains. Ask FVR to be your envoy...

A recap: 'Warring' with your own is not a solution in Mindanao.

It took Europeans tens of millions of dead, maimed, lives and places destroyed for more than 1,000 years to realise this and so, created Europe (EU). There is no need to wait a thousand years for Filipinos to see that warring with their own is not a solution. Reserve your strength to fight your foreign enemies before they dismember the Republic

Those who fan the flames of war against their own people need to understand that they are leading this country to disaster when they lose the ultimate war with its foreign enemies who are lurking at the gates, ready to pounce on the weakened and divided Philippines ...

Again, sit down with the "insurgents" and review the 1996 Peace Deal. Admittedly, it's a more difficult solution than just to "Kill! Kill!" This penchant for opting for the easy solution to avoid facing the tougher options must stop. Less shortcuts please!

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

TODAY, 12 September 2013 is the 51st anniversary of Sabah's formation as Philippine sovereign territory

TODAY, 12 September 2013 is the 51st anniversary of Sabah's formation as Philippine sovereign territory.


On 22 January 1878, a contract of lease between the Sultanate of Sulu and two foreign businessmen is signed. The Sultanate ensured that their rights to Sabah ownership were protected with this all encompassing moral and legal clause clearly spelled out in the lease contract, to wit:
"...but the rights and powers hereby leased shall not be transferred to any nation, or a company of other nationality, without the consent of Their Majesties Government."
On 12 September 1962, Sultan Esmail Kiram I transfers sovereignty rights over Sabah to the Republic of the Philippines during the Administration of President Diosdado Macapagal.

On 31 July 1963, the Manila Accord is signed and becomes UN Treaty 8229. Section 12 of the Manila Accord stipulates the following:
"The Philippines made it clear that its position on the inclusion of North Borneo in the Federation of Malaysia is subject to the final outcome of the Philippine claim to North Borneo. The Ministers took note of the Philippine claim and the right of the Philippines to continue to pursue it in accordance with international law and the principle of the pacific settlement of disputes. They agreed that the inclusion of North Borneo in the Federation of Malaysia would not prejudice either the claim or any right thereunder. Moreover, in the context of their close association, the three countries agreed to exert their best endeavours to bring the claim to a just and expeditious solution by peaceful means, such as negotiation, conciliation, arbitration, or judicial settlement as well as other peaceful means of the parties’ own choice, in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations and the Bandung Declaration."
On 31 August 1963, the United Kingdom grants Sabah (North Borneo) its independence.

On 16 September 1963, the Malaysia Federation is created incorporating the Malaya Federation (which we call Peninsular Malaysia today), Sarawak, Singapore and North Borneo (Sabah).

In March 1967, covert operation code named Operation Merdeka to infiltrate and ultimately take over Sabah is organised by President Marcos.

In August 1968, the covert operation is denounced.

On 18 Sept 1968, Republic Act 5446 is enacted: Sabah is part and parcel of the dominion of the Republic of the Philippines. Section 2 of the sdaid law stipulated the following:
"SECTION 2. The definition of the baselines of the territorial sea of the Philippine Archipelago as provided in this Act is without prejudice to the delineation of the baselines of the territorial sea around the territory of Sabah, situated in North Borneo, over which the Republic of the Philippines has acquired dominion and sovereignty."
In 1972, Muslim secession wars begin with the birth of the MNLF which was funded and supported by Peninsular Malaysia under Tunku Abdul Razak, father of current Prime Minister Najib Razak.
 In 1977, President Marcos renounces claim to Sabah as a step to “eliminate one of the burdens of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) but did not register the formal renunciation to claim with the United Nations.

In 1989, President Aquino speaks to Sultanate of Sulu heirs to convince them to give up claim to Sabah but did not succeed.

In 1996, FVR concludes a peace deal with the MNLF which was shunned by a break-away, more radical MILF under Hashim Salamat. Peninsular Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir whose government until then had financed rebel groups to sow trouble in Mindanao trained his sight at the MILF and continued funding Muslim secessionist movement in Southern Mindanao. Mahathir retired from office in 2003.

In 2004, MILF chair writes a letter to Mahathir's successor - Prime Minister Badawi to propose different options one of which is for a Bangsamoro state to federate with Malaysia Federation. In the same year, Gloria Macapagal approves the negotiation of a peace deal with the MILF to be monitored by Malaysia. Troops from Kuala Lumpur begain to arrive in Mindanao.

On 20 August 2008, Malacanang Memorandum Circular No. 162 is issued by then Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita on behalf of the Gloria Macapagal Arroyo government concerning North Borneo (Sabah) which, unless revoked by the current dispensation (Government under President Benigno Aquino III), remains in place. 
IT EXPLICITLY PROHIBITS any department, agency, and by extension all govt officials, civil servants, employees, etc from saying or printing or acknowledging or recognising that Sabah is part of Malaysia.
In 2011, President Aquino designates Dean Marvic Leonen of the University of the Philippines to chair Government Panel to draft 'talking points' of a Framework Agreemnt under the supervision of Malaysia.

In October 2012, President Aquino submits the Framework Agreement to Prime Minister Najib of Malaysia amidst pomp and pageantry.

On February 14, 2013, Sultanate of Sulu forces sail for Tanduo Sabah to stake their Sabah claim. A couple of weeks after the siege, President Aquino, after speaking to Prime Minister Najib, delivers Najib's ultimatum to the Sultanate of Sulu (Sultan Jamalul Kiram II) ordering them to surrender because it is a "hopeless cause." The MNLF organises a militia to go to the aid of the beleaguered Tausug warriors in Sabah but Philippine Navy and Malaysian Navy post naval blockades to intercept.

In September, 2013 the MNLF which had been sidelined in the Malaysia-engineered GPH-MILF peace agreement and wealth sharing to be signed on 16 September 2013 stages a rally in Zamboanga City that turned violent. The stand-off continues. Note that 16 September is also the date 50 years ago when Sabah was annexed illegally to Malaysia.

Fifty-one years after the official transfer of Sabah's sovereignty rights to the Philippine Republic, the issue remains unresolved and trouble in Mindanao continues. Malaysia is not foreign to all the armed conflicts in Mindanao and there is not a shadow of doubt that triggering mechanism for all the conflict has remained the unresolved Sabah sovereignty rights of which the Republic of the Philippines without a shadow of doubt has ultimate ownership.
Malaysia, with the complicity of some of our national leaders and even of some of the nation's oligarchs, has managed and will manage to manipulate the Republic and its citizenry into a continuing fratricide so that the Philippines, drained of its resources (while Malaysia fleeces Sabah), will not be able to turn around to re-claim Sabah.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Armed conflicts in Mindanao: Influenced by Malaysia to keep Sabah

All the events involving armed conflicts in Mindanao from 1968, 1969 and specifically in the early 70s until today between the Govt forces and Muslim rebel groups were triggered by the one standing unresolved issue between the Republic of the Philippines and Peninsular Malaysia: Sovereignty rights over Sabah or the Manila Accord. These 'events' have been "influenced" by Malaysia. 

- Malaysia commenced "influencing events" in Southern Mindanao immediately after the discovery of a plan by the Republic to take control of Sabah in 1968

- Malaysia's Tunku Abdul Razak (father of current Malaysia Prime Minister Najib) was the first PM to pour money into Muslim secessionist rebels who at the time were led by Nur Misuari (first chair of MNLF) and seconded by Hashim Salamat (founder of MILF)

- Malaysia's PM Mahathir as soon as he took over continued the exercise and improved Tunku Abdul Razak's modus operandi by modernising the Malaysian armed forces. He then poured resources after resources into and "enlarged" Muslim secessionist training camps in Sabah. Mahathir devoted a great deal of effort in the Islamisation of Sabah by allowing the influx of Muslims from all over the region and granting them Malaysia citizenship in exchange for their votes so that Barisan Nasional (his party) would remain in power. He was responsible for the nationalisation of the oil resources of Sabah and created PETRONAS that would control the industry.

- When FVR's Govt, finally concluded a peace deal with the MNLF in 1996 with the backing of the OIC, Malaysia realised that their attempts to sow trouble in Southern Mindanao through the MNLF of which they were patrons might be endangered. The MILF shunned the 1996 Peace Agreement. Mahathir trained his efforts on the break-away faction headed by Hashim Salamat aka MILF and funded and supported the rebel group.

- In 1998, President Estrada who had just been elected to the presidency, who was despised by Mahathir, decided to launch an offensive against the MILF after intel revealed that the MILF, fully armed with weapons from Malaysia (including missile systems that Mahathir had ordered earlier on) was gearing up for a full scale offensive against government military bases in the South. The AFP won.

- In 1999, the Sipadan hostage crisis took place. Sipadan is a Malaysian resort island. The hostage crisis began the long descent to hell of Estrada.

- In 2004, Gloria Macapagal accepted MILF's demand that Malaysia be the head of the monitoring team to supervise a Framework Agreement. Malaysian troops began to arrive in Southern Mindanao.

- Shortly thereafter, Senator Nene Pimentel questioned the wisdom of calling on Malaysia to oversee the proposed "peace talks" with the MILF invoking the fact that PH has a standing unresolved issue over Sabah

- In 2012, President Aquino handed over to Najib the signed "Talking points" for shared sovereignty between GPH and MILF

- In 2013, Sultanate of Sulu launched siege in Tanduo, Sabah in a bid to re-take Sabah; many Tausugs died; in September, MNLF decided to rally against the planned signing of the Malaysia-inspired wealth sharing agreement between GPH and MILF which is scheduled on 16 September, on the 50th anniversary of the illegal annexation of Sabah to the created Malaysia Federation.

The bottom line is that Malaysia has always put one over GPH in their bid to ensure that PH will never be able to turn around to re-claim Sabah.



SEPT 16, 2013: Date of  the schedule of the signing of the Malaysia-engineered GPH-MILF 'wealth sharing' agreement to be witnessed by officials from Kuala Lumpur and a general from the Malaysia armed forces.

SEPT 16, 1963: Date of the illegal transfer of Sabah to then Malaya Federation, also the date of the establishment of the Malaysia Federation formally incorporating Sabah which took place a few weeks after the signing of the Manila Accord, a treaty between the to-be-created-Malaysia Federation and the Philippines that guaranteed the recognition of the Republic's claim to Sabah which is recorded in the United Nations.

The signing of the 75-25% wealth sharing agreement engineered by Malaysia between GPH (25%) and rebel group MILF (75%) -- to the exclusion of the MNLF, the BIFF, the Tausugs, the Sultanate of Sulu, and all other groups in Southern Mindanao, is scheduled on September 16, 2013.

Choosing the September 16, 2013 date to formally surrender a great portion of the wealth of -- and the Republic's effective sovereignty over Southern Mindanao to Malaysia-controlled MILF, a splinter rebel group in Mindanao whose long-running ambition has been to federate with Kuala Lumpur, is totally indecent to say the least.

We suspect that the date was selected at the behest of the Malaysian friends of President Aquino, to whom his family owes a debt of gratitude, in order to drive the final nail in the coffin of the Republic's claim. We all know, Malaysia is the country that funded, supplied arms, and positioned rebel groups in Mindanao to sow mayhem in the country's southern region.  In fact, Malaysian troops are stationed in Mindanao as we speak.

We are in no doubt that the September 16, 2013 signing of this Malaysia-engineered deal is one of the reasons that spurred the MNLF into a revolt resulting in the current stand off in Zamboanga City. President Aquino ordered the chiefs of DND and DILG to check into the stand off.  The date will formally put to everlasting rest the 1996 Treaty that the Government of the Philippines signed with the MNLF, a comprehensive peace treaty which, if you remember, was shunned by the Malaysia-controlled MILF at the time, and whose treaty terms have been waylaid by succeeding PH administrations in favour of the pro-Malaysia deal with the MILF.

Meanwhile, as the stand-off progresses and MNLF's Nur Misuari (who wants the 1996 peace treaty terms with GPH to be reviewed) is villified in the press and by those who have not clearly understood the dynamics at play, the President is busy entertaining in Malacanang (in picture above), along with his cousin and supporter Tony Boy Cojuangco, none other than Air Asia Chief Executive OfficerTony Fernandez, a Malaysian. Air Asia is a Malaysia low-cost airline headquartered in Kuala Lumpur. For your information, Mr Fernandez of Air Asia is the staunchest supporter in the Malaysia corporate world of Kuala Lumpur troop movements against Tausug settlers in Lahad Datu in Sabah during the first quarter of this year. But what exactly is going on?

We are tempted to believe that the Government of Noynoy Aquino has all the reasons to put one up over Misuari and the MNLF because for as long as Misuari is alive, he will spell trouble to Malaysia's envisioned control of the rich Southern Mindanao region through its proxy, the MILF, and Nur Misuari will always be a destabilising force in Kuala Lumpur's illegal hold on Sabah.

The September 16, 2013 signing of the Malaysia-engineered 'peace deal' sounds not only like an omen: it is also a hard-hitting back-to-back slap to the Tausugs, to the Sultanate of Sulu, the MNLF along with the various factions that had been sidelined by GPH and Malaysia in the so-called MILF Bangsamoro peace deal. It is effectively the officious burial date of the UN Treaty 8029 otherwise known as the Manila Accord.

But what is worse, it is the supreme insult to and the final stab at the scores of people who were murdered by Malaysian troops in Lahad Datu while defending their right to Sabah.

Is it possible that on September 16 in the not too distant future, we will also be witnessing the signing of the formal transfer of the MILF's Bangsamoro as inspired by Kuala Lumpur to the Malaysia Federation?


~By Administrators
Philippine Sabah Claim Forum
Defenders of the Philippine Sabah & Spratly Claims
Sabah Claim Society
10 September 2013

*Picture of a dead Tausug warrior killed by Kuala Lumpur troops in Sabah from Malaysia Today