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Locsin praises Marcos as a true patriot: Call him a crook but at least he never gave away Sabah to Malaysia

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin gave rare praise to the late President Ferdinand Marcos for refusing to give away Sabah to Malaysia even at the height of his power and corruption.

“Marcos, who had the power because he was corrupt to sell the claim to Malaysia and get money for it (Sabah), he did not. So call him a crook all you want, Marcos had limits and his limit was patriotism, he’d never sell anything Filipino. The same with us (Duterte administration),” said Locsin in an interview with ANC’s Karen Davila.

The late President Diosdado Macapagal initiated the country’s claim to ownership of Sabah, or North Borneo, after the Sultan of Sulu ceded proprietary rights over the area land to the Philippine government in 1962. The Sultan received Sabah as a gift from the Sultan of Borneo after the former helped in quashing a rebellion against the latter.

The Philippines is claiming that the Sultan’s 1898 agreement with the British North Borneo Chartered Co. was a land lease and that it should have not been made part of Malaysia (which backed the British translation of the agreement which stated it was a cession and not a lease) when it was created as a federation in 1963. It was in Philippine maps until the 1970s.

Locsin brushed off any effort to downgrade the Philippines stake in Sabah as more imagined than real.

“I would never say our claim to Sabah (is rhetoric), because once we say that, you’ve lost the case. It’s real my father (Teodoro Locsin Sr.) fought for that and Macapagal…Marcos even planned an invasion of North Borneo,” said Locsin.

He said this was the reason why he would never approve any proposal to put up an embassy in Sabah.

“Patayin muna kita. I said it’s because it’s treason. Treason is a shooting offense that’s why im against it. Thats the truth,” said Locsin. “I don’t want so say we are opening a consulate in sabah because it would mean we are recognizing Malaysian authority,” he added. He lauded the Aquino administration for including Sabah in the defining the country’s territory in its filing against China in the United Nations arbitral body at the Hague.

“I don’t want to move forward on that (Sabah). It’s in our definition of territorial claims. I am taking negative action, I refuse our consulate,” said Locsin. “If we can live in contention with Malaysia over the Sabah claim, why can’t we live in amity with China over features? Let’s leave it at that. It is not so much about what we can do, I don’t know if we should go to court, but there are certain thing s we cannot do,” he added.

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