No surrender on Sabah dispute – DFA chief

September 04, 2019

PRESIDENT Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte will not give up government’s position that Sabah belongs to the Philippines.

Locsin stressed this during yesterday’s budget briefing before the House Committee on Appropriations where he defended the Department of Foreign Affairs’ proposed P22.55 billion budget for 2020.

“We shall never have an Embassy in Sabah. To even think of it is an act of treason,” Locsin told the panel after he was asked by Lanao del Norte Rep. Khalid Dimaporo if the DFA has appropriated funds for Sabah.

Locsin said there is no plan under the Duterte administration to put up an Embassy in Kota Kinabalu.

“I appreciate the answers of the Good Secretary. When we were discussing the Organic Law, I am trying to push that Sabah is one of the parts of the Bangsamoro territory to claim that Sabah is part of the Philippines and not part of Malaysia. It is nice to know the DFA is pushing through with the national government stand that Sabah belongs to the Republic of the Philippines,” said Dimaporo.

He recalled that it was during the administration of the late President Diosdado Macapagal when Sabah claim was initiated.

“Sabah claim was pushed by Macapagal and my father (Teodoro Locsin Sr.). Although my father did not like President Marcos, he supported him in his reelection because Marcos was planning to take back Sabah and made my father a party to that plan,” said Locsin.