Former President Benigno Aquino III or Pnoy lost a Philippine territory when he foolishly ordered Philippine ships in May 2012 to leave Scarborough Shoal. He believes the report of his special envoy, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV or his foreign secretary, Albert del Rosario that the Chinese had agreed to the simultaneous withdrawal of ships. The two blame each other after that. He also did not drop the Sabah claim but did not pursue it either.
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[VIDEO]: Malaysia called in the diplomat to formally reject the Philippine president’s declaration that Manila is still claiming Sabah
Pnoy’s Gullibility on Scarborough Shoal
The Chinese just laughed at this President’s gullibility. Their vessels that remained at the Scarborough Shoal can now simply shoo away the Philippine vessels and Filipino fishermen still kilometers away from its mouth. Aquino has done nothing to stop the rusting of the airstrip that the late Marcos has built. A minor repair is done but its usable length could only allow the smallest of planes to land.
Pnoy did not Drop Sabah Claim but remained Diplomatic about it
The former president was asked by the Malaysians over the news that he’s claiming Sabah. The Malaysian foreign ministry called in Medardo Macaraig, the Philippines’ charge d’affaires in Malaysia, on May 19. 2015. Manila has not given up the claim. It was confirmed. However, there are also no reports that Aquino aggressively pursued the claim. It is not certain if his declaration and diplomatic actions are just a media stunts. His father is noted as the initiator of the media propaganda against the regime of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos. Ninoy also collaborated with the Malaysians who funded his presidential bid against Marcos.
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Self-determination of Status
On the September 14, 163 Report of the UN, it reads; The emergence of dependent territories by a process of self-determination to the status of self-government, either as independent sovereign States or as autonomous components of larger units, has always been one of the purposes of the Charter and the objectives of the United Nations. Whatever the origins of the proposal of Malaysia may have been, it seems to me in the light actual events, including the present exercise, that we have witnessed in Sarawak and North Borneo the same process leading to self-government. It is hoped that the people of these territories will achieve progress and prosperity, and find their fulfillment as component States of Malaysia.
Contested Self-Determination Ruling by the Sultanate of Sulu
On the death bed of Sultan Jamalul Kiram, he urges the Filipinos to continue to fight for Sabah. The quest is continued by the new self-proclaimed Sultan Esmael Kiram. It continued to receive nominal rent from Malaysia of about $1,700 per year for Sabah under a deal inherited from European powers although this has divided the heirs of the Sultanate. Many of them refuse to accept the rent anymore and demanded Sabah’s return as per the Lahad Datu standoff. While the Philippines’ claim over Sabah remains dormant during the Aquino administration, another scenario on Sabah emerges. Investigative news website Vera Files reported on March 30 that the Philippines “has offered to downgrade its claim on Sabah in exchange for Malaysia’s support for its case against China before the United Nations.” The Philippines won the case at the Hague but China refuses to honor its sovereignty.