Beng backs peaceful means to resolve Sabah standoff PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 01 March 2013 11:27

House Deputy Speaker and District 1 Rep.  Beng Climaco have expressed full support to peaceful means to resolve both the Sabah claim issue and standoff.

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 tensions in our borders thus, exercise all means for a peaceful resolution,” said Climaco.

About 300 followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalil Kiram III led by his brother, Agbimuddin Kiram, are holed up in the village of Tanduao in Lahad Datu town in Sabah. The followers, members of the “Royal Security Forces of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo,” landed 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, and 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.

President Noynoy Aquino early this week appealed to the Sultanate of Sulu and his followers for a peaceful resolution of the Sabah issue, saying the use of force will not succeed in addressing their concerns.

“What is clear is that a peaceful resolution of this issue is to everybody’s interest,” the President said in his statement aired live over government radio Radyo ng Bayan.
He appealed to Sultan Kiram to recall his followers and end the standoff in Sabah in a peaceful way. — Marvin Segura