“Well, alam po ninyo na nasa Saligang Batas po kung ano po ang teritoryo ng ating bayan at sa mula’t-mula po kinikilala natin na mayroon tayong conflicting claim territory over Sabah,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said during July 30 press briefing.
“Ang Sabah po ay binigay po sa atin ng ating mga kapatid na galing sa Brunei, binigay po sa Sultanate of Sulu na in-assign naman po sa Republika ng Pilipinas, but we recognize po na this matter should not affect our own ongoing bilateral ties with Malaysia,” Secretary Roque said.
Roque noted that the issue “has not affected it in the recent years, and we will continue to have healthy bilateral relations with Malaysia despite the issue of Sabah.”
“We still have ongoing territorial disputes. There will be no resolution to these territorial disputes in the near future, but we will proceed with our bilateral relations with all other countries with whom we have ongoing disputes,” he explained.
“Hindi po iyan hadlang sa pagpapatuloy ng mabuting pagsasama natin doon sa mga bansa na mayroon tayong ongoing territorial disputes,” he added.
This is after Malaysian Foreign Affairs Minister said that the Philippine Ambassador will be summoned over tweet made by Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin saying Sabah is not in Malaysia.