Gov’t urged to help Kirams bring Sabah claim to int’l court PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 05 May 2013 14:28

Former Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel yesterday said the government should help the Kiram family bring the Sabah claim to the United Nations International Court of Justice so that this controversy will be settled once and for all.

In a press conference, Pimentel told local newsmen that the heirs of the Sulu Sultanate have already declared that Sabah belongs to the Republic of the Philippines.

He said that what the heirs want is to give them a share in income once Sabah is taken and put under the Philippine government.

According to the former senator, once the Sabah issue is brought to the International Court of Justice,  the Kiram family who are heirs to the Sulu Sultanate will win the case because they have documentary evidence on the payment of rental being madeto them by the Malaysian government.

Pimentel disclosed that followers of the Kiram family have contacted him asking for advice on what to do on the Sabah claim.

“As a lawyer, I’m willing to give my service to the Kiram family, the heirs of Sulu of Sultanate on their claim,” Pimentel said.

He said that the ongoing stand-off between the forces of Sulu Sultanate and the Malaysian police and military should be stopped so that there will be no further dislocation of people, destruction of properties and loss of lives.

Pimentel was in Zamboanga City yesterday to campaign for his son re-electionist Senator Koko Pimentel who is a bar topnocher. — Allen Abastillas