Mindanao solons back peaceful resolution of Sabah claim issue PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 February 2013 14:12

Two Mindanao lawmakers are are supporting peaceful means to resolve both the Sabah claim issue and standoff.

House Deputy Speaker and Zamboanga City Rep. Ma. Isabelle Climaco said there is historical claim on the Sabah issue but diplomatic channels have to be used for its peaceful resolution.

“Diplomatic channels have to be used through the Department of Foreign Affairs. We do not want an escalation of tension in our borders thus, exercise all means for a peaceful resolution,” she said.

Rep. Simeon Datumanong (2nd District, Maguindanao), a former justice secretary, also supported diplomatic means to resolve the Sabah claim issue and the current standoff between Malaysian authorities and followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III who were given a deadline to leave and return home.

“There should be a diplomatic deal with Malaysia regarding dealing with men of the Sulu Sultanate and at the same time talk with the Sultan to help avoid a drastic situation,” he said.

About 300 followers of Jamalul led by his brother Agbimuddin Kiram are holed up in the village of Tanduao in Lahad Datu town in Sabah.

The followers, who are members of the Royal Security Forces of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo, landed there in speedboats early this month after crossing the sea from Simunul Island in Tawi-Tawi.

The followers declared they will not leave and are reclaiming the area as their ancestral territory.

Malaysian authorities have given them until Friday to leave or be rounded up for deportation.

Based on different historical records and accounts, Sabah was part of the sultanate of Brunei.

In 1658, the sultan of Brunei ceded Sabah to the sultan of Sulu in compensation for his contribution in settling a civil war in Brunei.