De Lima has no clue on PH stand on sultan’s move

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Will the Aquino administration step in and help the sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo retake Sabah from Malaysia?

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima does not know the answer.

She said Monday that the government would know what action to take only after the completion of a comprehensive legal study on the ownership of Sabah.

De Lima said when President Aquino ordered the Department of Justice, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Office of the President itself to look into the claim of the Sulu sultanate to Sabah, there was “no indication” at all of what his administration intended to do with the ownership question.

“What the President wants is to look at the merit or the validity of the Sabah claim before he makes any decision or before this government makes any policy direction with respect to that issue,” De Lima told reporters.

Sabah standoff

The study, however, has been prompted by a standoff between Malaysian security forces and a group of armed followers of the sultan of Sulu who entered Sabah on Feb. 9 and refused to leave, insisting Sabah was their ancestral land.

De Lima, who was tasked by the President to look into the legal aspect of the sultanate’s claim, said she would try to finish her part of the study this week.

She said no administration after that of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos had taken a “definitive” stand on the controversy, apparently referring to the 1968 Jabidah massacre on Corregidor Island.

The killing of military recruits by their military trainers there exposed the top-secret plan “Operation Merdeka,” hatched by the Marcos regime to invade Sabah.

Merits of the case

“I think every administration endeavors to make a study but the administrations after Marcos [did not take] any definitive position,” she said, adding that was the reason the President wanted “to be enlightened on the merits of the claim.”

Asked whether reports of division within the family of the sultan of Sulu would affect the claim to Sabah, De Lima declined to comment, saying the government wanted to be “silent” on the issues involving the standoff in Sabah between the men of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III and Malaysian security forces.

What is clear, she said, is that the government “did not sanction” Jamalul’s actions.

The government is trying to help solve the standoff peacefully only because Filipinos are involved, De Lima said.

“But we want it to be as low-key as possible,” she added, referring to actions being taken by the government to end the standoff without bloodshed.

Amalilio case

Meanwhile, De Lima said she had again postponed the departure of a four-member team of state prosecutors and lawyers to Kuala Lumpur to press for the extradition of alleged con man Manuel Amalilio to the Philippines.

The group was supposed to leave this week, but De Lima said the Malaysian attorney general would not be available until March 4.

De Lima said earlier that the standoff in Sabah did not appear to be affecting the government’s bid to bring Amalilio back to the Philippines with the help of Malaysia so he could face criminal charges for duping 15,000 people in Mindanao and the Visayas of P12 billion through a Ponzi scheme that collapsed last year.

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  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    Well, what’s new. De Lima has always been clueless. Clueless what to do with the Panamanian rapist. Clueless what to do with the early tip-off from Pagadian City nine months before the collapse of the pyramid. Clueless how to go after the murderers of Doc Gerry. De Lima’s cluelessness is only matched by the permissiveness of her boss. The only reason why she’s still safely installed in DOJ.

    • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

       ahahaha, in some ways, it is true.

      but in fairness, she has got to be an intelligence agency by herself in order to do all that, not the DOJ.

  • giltor

    SHIP OF FOOLS

    Imagine a battalion of Sergeant Schultz’s lead by Sgt Schultlz himself:

    “I see nothing, and I know nothing, I wasn’t here, I didn’t even wake up this morning!”

    Sergeant Schultz’s common responses on tv series “Hogan’s Heroes” .

    I couldn’t imagine we’re going to be experiencing this kind of actuality depicted on a fiction character!

    May Merciful God help our country.

  • giltor

    Maybe the reporter should ask her more about the boss’s (spell backward) crush on Loren?

    She could have tons of information and studies on that!

  • boybakal

    De Lima has no clue on PH stand on sultan’s move…. As always, De Lima is Clueless.

    • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

      It is that she has no clue, or that she has the opinion that she is correct, and never wrong

      its either of the two.

      and sometimes the two overlap. (world thinks she has no clue but she think she is right)

  • bogli_anakdami

    de lima is the epitome of flip’s kagung gongan… ano ba yan?  paano naging flipland’s abugaga suprema sya?… prez gung gong akin’o is no better,,,

    when it comes to foreign affairs, tikilop ang mga hindots,,,

    hayan, naglalabasan na ang natural… gung gong…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/G6MG4QQ3ND6UZSOBMLRHALZ7HI Petwil

    Madame Secretary tapusin nyo agad ang pag aaral na inyong gagawin kasi napakalaking issue itong stand off sa Sabah at hindi dapat bale walain ng gobyerno..Malaki po ang role na gagampanan ninyo..At sana po kung ano mang resulta sa pag aaral nyo ay tindigan nyo gaya ng pagpigil ninyo kay GMA na makalabas sa bansa. Do not twist the truth and dont bend to the wishes of Malacanang. Do give justice to the issue..

  • speedstream2

    Would it help if we were all on the same page?

  • tadasolo

    Do you ever think after over 50 years of claim we have a clue on HOW we will proceed on this. the dictator marcos with all authoriatarian power at his disposal and no congress to deal with cannot resolve this issue much more than now when we have a vibrant democracy and differing opinions? BE REAL PEOPLE IT IS OVER

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1158537232 Aldrich Villareal

      Marcos did something. He formed an army to invade North Borneo, However, the stupid Father of our stupid president revealed this secret military mission to the public which then resulted into the jabidah massacre in an effort by the government to deny the truthfulness of this military operation which then resulted to the formation of the MNLF and its splinter groups the MILF and Abu Sayaf.

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

         i remember.

      • tadasolo

        Are you kidding invading a country with one company?? What is that I remember the impotence of marcos including all president now or in the past to the weakness of our position vis a vis the Malaysians. It is over not unless you can come up with 1,000,000 army to confront well armed Sabah with 3.5 million inhabitants(who will be angry for invading their land). According to army doctrine to invade a country you need a capable force with 1 to 10 ratio. Since we are so incompetent as a force I will decrease the ratio to one is to three so I came up with 1,000,000. Now with 1,000,000 you need to have ships to cross over to Sabah so I would suggest using the Bangca and sails to get across. Now since we are in it you need to supply them with food, fuel, ammunition, communication(your cell phone is OK) for 10 years to pacify the “F _ C K UP Sabans they are certainly angry now. Oh by the way remember the Americans in Iraq and Afganistan they spend so much money and counting (2 trillion dollars) and the Iraqis and Afgans are so “f _ _ king mad that they are blowing themselves up to kill more americans and there is no end in sight. Now I would imagine the President and Congress since deciding to comply with your request and desire to get Sabah “back” will now institute a compulsery draft to get you, your brothers and sisters and possibly you Dad and mother into the army or marines or navy(not the airforce cause we do not have plane or we PAL we can used their planes and take out the windows to install the guns made in Cebu(Paltik). Since we do not have enough money to buy you a M16 we will give you a wooded replica and a muslim “KRIS” to fight. I am loving it and could go on. Now in the meantime in Manila suicide bomber send by “Allah” are swarming over the Mall of Asia and most of the Malls in Luzon courtesy of your invasion and they will make a mess of luzon and visaya and mindanao because you ” F _ _ K them so bad they will now go to your neighborhood and will screw up you day

      • SMASHER

         Diyan ka mali Tadaslo. Mag research ka muna kung ano ang Operation Merdeka.

    • SMASHER

      Paano ma resolve ni Marcos? E may komontra na pasikat.

  • Andres Bonifacio

    Kng hindi pa nagkagulo hindi magkakaroon ng “comprehensive legal study” kng sino talaga ang nagmamay.ari ng Sabah…puro kampanya kasi ang inaatupag.

  • a1phantom

    Doesnt the Government know what the Philippines own or not???….so pathetic….the Noynoy admin should know this right away…and if not, they dont have the capability to run this country

  • $37644997

    They are very busy on lots of issues,one of them is the 5 ” thick findings about Marantan and until today they haven’t got the clue when to finish it.

  • joekwan

    Syempre clueless.  Sana tinanong na lang ng reporter kung sino ang bagong dine date ni pnoy ngayon. Tutal parang yan na lang parati ang topic ng malacanang. Showbiz  at lablyf ni pnoy muna bago ang national issues.

  • ShibumiNinja

    afterall she is Leila C. de Lima
    Leila Clueless de Lima

    Har har har

  • Henry Berina

    KiRAM and company have been told in a press conference earlier by Pres. P-Noy to go back to Sulu for security reasons…The government has understood their sentiments, but could not act on the Sabah standoff/issue right away.. I guess he has to study the problem more deeply before the government could act on it…As press time he has lots of things to do  focus on more important one…However this one is of paramount importance that has to be resolved right away…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YAB42FXZYNCU3ODZNRCDRDTGAY MORE HUMAN

    hmmm .. maybe alam nya kung sino ang crush ngayon ni PNOY..

  • UPnnGrd

    Minor detail,  or maybe not minor.

    And again,   Malakanyang (via its “ears on the ground” intelligence resources)  did not have a single clue —- no chismis, no rumor,   and definitely   zero intelligence —-  that a large group of men had organized, then had mounted a military maneuver.  

    Suhhh-prahhhYYYSSS!!!!  

  • Nimrod Suaez

    Malaysia is a tenant. The Sultan of Sulu is the owner and sovereing  of Sabah. Just lkie Papua New Guinea, the Queen of Enland is the sovereign and Queen of Papua New Gunea. She does not own the whole of Papua New Guinnea, only 114 million acres.

  • http://twitter.com/wadjitzain coty

    ha ha hidi ka nagiisa Ma’am, the whole govt. is clueless as well, join the party and have fun!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/M3LQ4MUAU3Z36MIQGIGSOKBCQE Rosauro

    She is in her old self. She already knew that legally we have basis for our claim. She can’t open her mouth on the matter as it might cost her job. On domestic issues, she opens her mouth very quickly.

    • superpilipinas

      he-he-he. Of course. DoJ has nothing to do with this.

      It is a DFA and a little bit of DoD matter.

      In UK, US, or any first world country, it would be very awkward if their justice department would speak for a matter beyond its official jurisdiction. It’s called ‘speaking out of turn”.

      It’s obvious that this reporter and PDI is being asked to do a negative report on De Lima.

      Well. I’ve noticed that Inquirer has become the evil that it used to battle. The evil that’s called “bias and patronage”. It used to be Manila Bulletin that was notorious for this and Inquirer stood out to be the better alternative. But now Inquirer has become Aquino’s tool like Manila Bulletin was Marcos’.

  • superpilipinas

    he-he-he. Of course. DoJ has nothing to do with this.
    It is a DFA and a little bit of DoD matter.
    In UK, US, or any first world country, it would be very awkward if their justice department would speak for a matter beyond its official jurisdiction. It’s called ‘speaking out of turn”.
    It’s obvious that this reporter and PDI is being asked to do a negative report on De Lima.
    Well. I’ve noticed that Inquirer has become the evil that it used to battle. The evil that’s called “bias and patronage”. It used to be Manila Bulletin that was notorious for this and Inquirer stood out to be the better alternative. But now Inquirer has become Aquino’s tool like Manila Bulletin was Marcos’.

  • VeryDisgusted2

    It is not productive for De Lima to be involved in Sabah affair.

    But I am interested to know the prosecution of Atimonan criminals – what happen to this case? Why DOJ has become silent to this case for months now? Where is Marantan and Dumlao? Are promoted by our dumb military leadership again or happily raising jueteng money for the election. Why is PDI so silent? I seems there is great whitewash going.

    • superpilipinas

      Why is PDI silent? It is not what it used to be……it has become like Manila Bulletin in the Marcos era.

  • mad_as_Hamlet

    By the time that “comprehensive legal study on the ownership of Sabah” is done and submitted to the President, I think he he would be done reading the NBI Report on the Atimonan Incident.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/36O4ZGE5JY24XE4XQOXBM6O4WE Klepto

    To Maintain a low-key is a sign of unable to come up with a sensible solution. That shows how dumb and useless  Pinoy politicians are.

  • artz555

    Sec. De Lima and her staff should also read the topic ” North Borneo Dispute “, and similar topics at Wikipedia .org in gathering information about the Sabah or North Borneo claim.

    I’ve read the articles and believe that PH has a good case in international courts.

    As to the current stand-off, we can only hope and pray that all parties sit down on the negotiating table and settle all their differences peacefully, as civilized peoples in this good earth. 

    As to the Sultan of Sulu and Malaysia, the best case scenario would be for Malaysia increase the lease money that it is paying the Sultanate annually to a more appropriate amount today, than the current, ridiculous 5,000 ringits annually ( which do not include inflation or the cost of money since 1878 ), or the same amount that the British North Borneo Company was paying in 1878.

    As to PH and Malaysia, we do hope both parties peacefully resolve their differences if any, as peaceful members of the Asean. Although it may be immaterial where the Sabah residents prefer to live under, whether under the Malaysian or Philippine government, both countries should in the end peacefully settle the claim, such that both countries may appropriately share some of the natural resources of Sabah   for the good and welfare of the  peoples in both countries.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/276L22SZM5ZUQGV24IL4ZEF6UA Edward

      ano kaya kagalang galang na kalihim ng katarungan De LIma humingi kayo ng kopya at paliwanag ni Atty. Mel Sta. Maria para magkaroon kayo ng alam patungkol sa usaping ito?

      • superpilipinas

        bakit si De Lima eh wala naman kinalaman ang DoJ sa Sabah issue?

    • superpilipinas

      Everyone seems to think De Lima is already the president. Please wait for 2016 to vote for her.

      De Lima is DoJ secretary.

      It is the president and the secretary of Foreign Affairs to look into this or similar issues.

      But yes, De Lima would make a good president and if given the position would probably handle this issue more effectively.

  • superpilipinas

    This is HILARIOUS.

    Philippine Daily Inquirer has become a very poor news organization.

    Why ask a Department of Justice secretary?

    The issue of Sabah is a Department of Foreign Affairs matter.

    Unless of course the objective of PDI and Avendano is to put De Lima in a negative light.
    But anyway, readers with common sense know better.

    • magiting78

      Hehehe well may point din ang PDI kasi sabi sabah is part of Sulu so hnd n sya foreign hehehe…

  • graciano82

    De Lima what happened to the case against the group of Marantan? Why until now a case wasn’t filed at the court? During the course of investigation, you were so in a hurry to yak though the report of the NBI wasn’t finalized but now, it looks as though a delay to the dispensation of justice is expected. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    ang solicitor general at dfa sec ang dapat tinanong reporter at hindi ang ever clueless na delima

  • mamamia

    Clueless is this new to de lima? lagi nman 2nd hand information binabalita nyan mapa foreign or justice dept. lol dapat dito e PR Officer lang e, ano na bang nangyayari sa mga nakaraang mga issue about justice? wala na diba? puro PR lang? pautot sa camera, sabihin n nman ng mga tao d2 maka arroyo ako kse binatikos ko si DELAILAMA hehehe,

  • Bayan Panona

    Mam PR, wag na lang kasi mag-Justice Sec. Maging politician ka na lang!

  • http://www.businessinsider.com/the-art-of-war-sun-tzu-2011-5?op=1 SunTzu

    De Lima has no clue on a lot of things!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZWTTKJTI57YO7TZBJC66GA2OLU dennis

    ““What the President wants is to look at the merit or the validity of the Sabah claim before he makes any decision or before this government makes any policy direction with respect to that issue,” De Lima told reporters.”

    HELLO! What merit are you talking about? Bago magkaroon ng “Hacienda Luisita” eh nariyan na yang SABAH!…OK? Alam naman natin ang ganang pag-aari ng Pilipinas di ba? Alam ng buong Pilipino ang istorya tapos kayong mga nasa administration eh HINDI ALAM??? De Lima,intindihin mo na lang si Manuel Amalilio at baka mapuri pa kita! “Validity…Validity na pinagsasasabi nyo!

  • Pitbulldog

    De Lima will always jump into any issue she can dip herself into.  Gusto laging sumasawsaw.   She cannot just clip her mouth shut.  She seems to be paranoid about being left out of the main issues even when she knows many ot them can be best handled by others. What happened to the stray bullet victim’s case before, or NBI case,  or the Atimonan case, etc.   So wherever the action is, be sure De Lima will be there, swearing before God and people for quick and speedy government action and resolution of the case.  Attitude nito ay kapareho ng amo na puro lang satasat.   Gusto lang laging bida.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZWTTKJTI57YO7TZBJC66GA2OLU dennis

    “Jabidah massacre?” Wala ba yan sa Philippine Jurisprudence and other Law books? Eh bakit nakakarating eto sa PDI as a part of this article?

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