Secretary Locsin stands by statement on Sabah

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Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. is standing by his statement that Sabah is not in Malaysia. This is after Malaysian Foreign Affairs Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said “this is an irresponsible statement that affects bilateral ties. @MalaysiaMFA will summon the Philippines Ambassador on Monday to explain.”

“We have and continue to assert our rights in the Spratlys/WPS. I am doing that with regard to Sabah. There have been repeated attempts to sell that claim but no Philippine president has succumbed,” Locsin said in a tweet.

Secretary Locsin said the Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia “was already summoned. It was about to happen. They are always trying to sneak in an attempt to implicitly abandon our claim. But I warned our diplomats. Never.”

“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,” Locsin said in a tweet response to Hussein.

Locsin further said in another tweet that “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.”

“West Philippine is backed up by the Arbitral Award though we won that completely solo and paid for it a hell of a lot. But our German team was awesome. None helped, many tried to screw us, especially in the region. No great power offered support, even moral which is just saliva,” Locsin said in another post.

“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,” he also said.