Philippines presses on with Sabah claim against Malaysia as ‘we have not forgotten’: Locsin

Philippines presses on with Sabah claim against Malaysia as ‘we have not forgotten’: Locsin

  • Foreign secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr vows to reactivate the Philippines’ North Borneo Bureau, saying Manila is changing its stance on the dispute
  • Experts question how serious he is – and whether there is an ulterior motive

With territorial disputes involving Southeast Asia having dominated global headlines for weeks, now might seem like an opportune moment for the Philippines to revive its quarrel with Malaysia over the sovereignty of Sabah.

There’s just one problem: experts in the Philippines say they can’t be sure whether it is serious or not.

Manila’s latest move to assert its sovereignty over the territory, situated at the northern tip of the island of Borneo and currently administered by Malaysia, came on Tuesday when the Philippine foreign secretary Teodoro Locsin Jnr addressed congress.