Journalist Accuses Ex-Pres. Noynoy Aquino of Abandoning the Sabah Claim

Veteran journalist and columnist accused the former President of the Philippines, President Benigno Simeon Coquangco Aquino or ex-Pres. Noynoy Aquino of abandoning the controversial Sabah Claim of the Sultanate of Sulu.

According to veteran columnist Perseus Echeminada on his latest article for The Daily Tribune, a misplaced signal from former Pres. Aquino resulted in the Malaysian government to stop paying the yearly rental of the disputed territory of Sabah since 2013.

The Sultanate of Sulu also lost the Malaysian government's recognition of its claim over the oil-rich territory which was originally owned by the Tausug leaders and the Sultanate of Sulu.

Echeminada revealed on his latest column that a top official of the Sultanate said yesterday Aquino's "abandonment of the Sultanate of Sulu" in its pursuit of the claim led to the bloody siege of Lahad Datu.

Abraham Ijirani, Sultanate secretary general, told the Daily Tribune the yearly “lease” worth some 5,000 Malaysian ringgit or a little over P60,000 a year was paid since 1878, but the denomination for this had frequently changed over the years.

The lease payments were halted after the resolution of the siege of the Sultanate’s followers.

The British North Borneo Company and the Sultanate signed a contract allowing the British company to occupy Sabah in 1878.

Ijirani also revealed that when the government of the Philippines under the administration of former Pres. Noynoy Aquino abandoned its claim to the disputed territory, the Sultanate was left on its own.

“The Aquinos were anti-Sabah claim, so the Sultanate was left on its own resulting in the Lahad Datu standoff,” he said. The standoff happened after the Sultanate sent armed followers to enforce the lease agreement.

The Lahad Datu incident was the reason why, the Malaysian government stopped paying the yearly rental to the Sultanate of Sulu but the leaders of the Sultanate are now hopeful for President Rody Duterte's assurance that he will fight for the struggle of the Sultanate and revive the Philippines claim with Sabah.

To know more about the accusations of The Tribune Columnist, Perseus Echeminada, just head on to the official website of The Daily Tribune.

Source: The Daily Tribune

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