Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. has said that he is summoning the Malaysian Ambassador to Philippines. This is after Malaysian Foreign Affairs Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said the Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia will be summoned over Locsin’s statement saying Sabah is not in Malaysia.
“No country can tell another what it can and cannot say about what the latter regards as rightfully its own. I don’t insist China say only what we want to hear about the Arbitral Award. It is free to say what it wants while we say and do what needs doing. That holds for Sabah,” Secretary Locsin said.
“And that’s China we’re talking about—the second biggest economy and military power in the 21st century. I am summoning the Malaysian ambassador @DFAPHL,” Locsin added.
Secretary Locsin said “it started with a US Embassy tweet that hasn’t been taken down. When the country united around Marcos, including his critics, the US discouraged an attempt on our part to concretely assert our claim. The US didn’t want us to add to their growing problem in Vietnam. History.”
Locsin also told Hussein in a tweet, “You summoned our ambassador for a historically factual statement I made: that Malaysia tried to derail the Arbitral Award. This was reported to us by our diplomats on the scene and our German lawyer. None may share our Hague victory who worked against it.”
Hussein said Locsin’s statement on Sabah “is an irresponsible statement that affects bilateral ties. @MalaysiaMFA will summon the Philippines Ambassador on Monday to explain. Sabah is, and will always be, part of Malaysia.”