27 May '16, 8am

Duterte vows to pursue Philippine claim to Sabah

DAVAO CITY/KUALA LUMPUR - Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to pursue the country's claim to Sabah, now being administered by Malaysia. Mr Duterte reportedly said he would recognise the claim of the sultanate of Sulu, which used to rule over parts of southern Philippines and Sabah, before the British government transferred Sabah to the Federation of Malaysia in 1963. The Philippines claims that Sabah was only leased, not ceded, to the British North Borneo Co. The heirs of the Sultan of Sulu continue to receive lease payments for Sabah, the Philippine Star reported. "What has been the policy will always be the policy of the government especially those for the interest of the country. We have to stake our claim," the Philippine Star quoted Mr Duterte as saying on Wednesday (May 25). In response, Malaysia's ministry of foreign affairs said on Friday (May 27...

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