PNoy won't reveal cards on Sabah claim
MANILA - President Aquino declined to discuss the avenues that would be explored by the country regarding the Sabah claim, including the possibility of asking for additional compensation from Malaysia for the rent of the disputed territory.
“You’re asking me to state the weaknesses and strengths of our position at a point in time when we may considerably be negotiating with the other party. So if I’m gonna give you a blue print of how we want to handle this, then does that not produce a disadvantage for the country?” he said in a forum with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP).
Aquino won’t say if the Philippines has a strong case to press its claim over Sabah.
“The knowledge that I have, I think, is also the knowledge you have and you can judge for yourself whether or not we have a strong case,” he said.
Asked if a negotiation with Sabah would be started under his term, Aquino said, “Assuming that the further study says that we have a strong case.”
Asked about reports of human rights abuses committed against Filipinos in Sabah, Aquino said that official reports tell him the opposite picture but said he will have these reports checked and will ask for a review of the actions taken by authorities.