Princess Jacel Kiram on Understanding the Moro People and the Philippine Claim on Sabah


“Dati, noong ginawa ko ang aking thesis tungkol sa Genealogy of the Sultanate of Sulu, na-discover ko na inofferan ang aking Tatay para i-drop na ang claim sa Sabah. Ang sabi sa kanya: Boss, just sign this. And you could be the next president with this money. My father just tapped the back of ____ (government rep). Two days ago, naulit ang ganitong konsepto (scenario). Naisip ko, di kailangang maging clever. Kailangan lang manindigan sa prinsipyo.”

Princess Jacel Kiram, daughter of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III is quoted on her update on the Sabah issue during the Public Forum on Understanding the Moro People and the Philippine Claim on Sabah organized by Moro Christian People’s Alliance (MCPA), Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN), Pilgrims for Peace (P4P) and UP Muslim Students Association held at UP Diliman University Hotel, 12 March 2013.

Speakers of the said forum also included Atty. Abraham Idjirani, secretary general and spokesperson of The Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo, former foreign affairs career minister Engr. Hermes Dorado and BAYAN Chairperson Dr. Carol Araullo.

Atty. Idjirani focused on the historical legitimacy of the sultanate’s claim to Sabah while Engr. Dorado presented the old World Atlas published by Washington wherein Sabah is part of Philippine territory. discuss the Philippine claim on Sabah. Engr. Dorado also revealed the historical debt of the Cojuangco-Aquinos to the government of Malaysia as well as the family’s oil business in the country. Meanwhile, Dr. Araullo stressed the stand of the national democratic movement in supporting the claim as part of the struggle for national sovereignty.

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