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Spratly Islands long part of Filipino-Muslim’s ancestral domain
Spratly Islands long part of Filipino-Muslim’s ancestral domain, prior to arrival of Spanish colonials in 1521, Sultan of Sulu says
Manila: The Sultan of Sulu in the southern Philippines has claimed that the contested Spratly Island in the South China Sea was part of the ancestral domain of Filipino-Muslims prior to the arrival of the Spanish colonials in the 16th century, a local paper said.
“China has no right over the Spratly Islands in what it calls the South China Sea because that is part of our ancestral domain,” Majaraj Julmuner Jannaral, Sultanate information officer, told the Philippine Star.
The Sultanate of Sulu has had proprietary rights over the Spratlys because Sabah (now part of Malaysia), the Sulu archipelago in the southern Philippines, and Palawan in southwestern Philippines belonged to the Sultanate of Sulu even before the Spaniards colonized the Philippines in 1521, explained Jannaral, a representative of Muhammad Fuad Abdulla Kiram I, the reigning Sultan of Sulu and Sabah (Malaysia’s North Borneo).
In 1658, the Sultan of Brunei gave Sabah, Borneo’s eastern and northern part of Borneo to the Sultan of Sulu who helped the former win a civil war. Sabah was recognized as part of the Sultan of Sulu’s sovereignty (in the Philippines).
On June 22, 1878 (during the Spanish colonial era in the Philippines, Baron Von Overbeck, an Austrian, and Alfred Dent, a Briton, who represented the British East India Co (which became North Borneo Co), forged a lease agreement with Sri Paduka Maulana Al Sultan Mohammad Jamalul Alan (representative of Sulu’s Sultanate), to lease Sabah for 5,000 Malaysian ringgits annually.
The company provided arms to the Sultan of Brunei to resist the Spanish colonials in the Philippines.
“Without the Sultan’s consent, the Spaniards (at the end of their colonial rule) illegally transferred the Philippines, including the Sulu archipelago, Sabah, and Guam to the US when Spain and the US signed the Treaty of Paris in 1898,” said Jannaral. It paved the way for the US colonial era in the Philippines.
When the United Kingdom granted independence to Malaysia in 1963, the Federation of Malaysia was formed. The British North Borneo Co turned over Sabah to the Federation which also included Singapore and Sarawak.
Before this, in 1962, the British colonials initiated a referendum among residents in Sabah who were asked if they wanted to be part of the Malaysian Federation.
The Malaysian government has continued paying the heirs of the Sultan of Sulu the amount that the British North Borneo Co used to pay in the 18th century.
In 1939, Chief Justice Makaskie of the High Court of North Borneo upheld the claims of the heirs of the Sultan of Sulu, in response to a case filed by the Sultan’s eight heirs.
In 1962, former President Diosdado Macapagal formally claimed Sabah, after Sultan Muhammad Esmail Kiram gave sovereign political right to the Philippine government to pursue the claim.
The same right was extended to ex-dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1969, Jannaral said. In 1972, Marcos trained several Filipino-Muslims in Corregidor Island, off Manila. His plan was to launch an armed secession in Sabah.
At the time, Malaysian authorities were also helping leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) which waged armed struggle for the secession of Mindanao from the central and northern part of the Philippines. MNLF also wanted to establish an independent Islamic state in Mindanao.
When the trainees learned about Marcos’ plan, they waged a mutiny and were killed. One survived, swam towards Manila, and told authorities what happened to his companions.
The so-called “Jabidah Massacre,” was revealed by former Senator Benigno Aquino in the Senate in the 70s. The incident fired a strong anti-Marcos sentiment, which prompted the president to establish a Martial law rule in 1972.
Since then, the country’s claim over Sabah was never revived. But thousands of Filipino-Muslims have gone to Sabah to work, many of whom have been deported for lack of documents.
“The Spratly Archipelago is part of the Sulu Sea (the inner area around the islands in the southern Philippines, which is part of the West Philippine Sea (the new name of the South China Sea),” Jannaral concluded.
Exploration of the marine territory and the waters around the Spratly Archipelago, Palawan in southwestern Philippines and the southern Philippines, belong to the residents in those areas, he added.
These are hints that the Philippines’ claim in the Spratly Archipelago could be strengthened if the government revives its Sabah claim, political analysts said.
China, Taiwan, and Vietnam claim the whole of the South China Sea.The Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei claim some parts of the Spratly Archipelago.
By Barbara Mae Dacanay
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Transformers: Dark of the Moon is the third film and the sequel of Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The film was directed by Michael Bay and produced by Steven Spielberg. The film was released on July 1, 2011 in the United States.
Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) in “Transformers: Dark of the Moon.”. When a mysterious incident on the Earth in the past, revealed today and threatened to bring the war to Earth where the transformer is not strong enough to protect human.
Philippines Lowers Alert Level for Taal Volcano
By: Mayank Gupta| | Viewed: 1840 | Published in Travel News|Philippines has lowered alert level for Taal Volcano under one. Taal Volcano in Philippines was on high alert Level 2 from June after which tourists and local residents were evacuated from the area.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has reduced the warning level for Taal Volcano. The decision came when Taal Volcano only registered 5 volcanic quakes in past three weeks.
Residents were asked to leave in July after Taal volcano was put in the alert level of 2 and some scientists were expecting volcanic eruption. At that time tourists were also banned from the danger zone. Tourists arrivals at the Taal Volcano increased since volcanic activity increased at the volcano. But for the safety of the tourists Philippines Tourism decided to impose ban from traveling the danger zone.
However despite the lower alert level tourists and media people are still not allowed to travel danger zone. Officials says there is still risk on traveling the danger zone therefore they can’t allow tourists or media around Taal Volcano.
Main crater of the Volcano will continue to remain off limits since sudden steam explosions could occur and high concentrations of toxic gases may accumulate which could be fatal for the people.
tags: Taal Volcano, Philippines Tourism, Volcanic Eruption, Tourists Arrivals
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In the past 400 years, Mount Mayon has erupted for 49 times. As a result, it is dubbed as the most active volcano in the Philippines.
Photo source: photos.camperspoint.com
Even though it earned such reputation, it is one of the most magnificent volcanoes in the world. With its almost symmetrically conical shape, Mount Mayon is known for its “perfect cone.”
Location: Albay, Philippines
Type: Stratovolcano (tall, conical volcano)
For decades, Mayon Volcano has not been used by serious climbers. For that reason, the mountain is filled with forest trees, varied vegetation and has been a home to different unique species.
… Soon I will be able to witness such captivating scenery.
The World Cup dream lives on as the Philippine Azkals crushed its opponent, the Sri Lanka Brave Reds with a victorious win of 4-0 in favor of our national football team. The former advances to the Round 2 of the 2014 World Cup Qualifiers and will go against the Kuwait national football team, Al-Azraq, in a 2-leg game. The 1st leg to be held in Kuwait and the second leg will take place in Rizal Memorial Stadium.
A jampacked Rizal Memorial Stadium has witnessed the Azkals’ victory over its Sri Lankan foes. An expected number of crowd will be present again during the Philippine Azkals vs Kuwait Al-Azraq Game 2. Early selling out of tickets is also anticipated so everybody is waiting when the tickets goes on sale.
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Typhoon Juaning To Land On Philippine Soil
Tropical storm “Juaning” is expected to hit the Philippine soil tonight at the Quezon - Aurora area at around 8pm to 9pm.
"Inaasahang tatama ito ng kalupaan mamayang gabi mga alas-8 o alas-9 kung hindi magbago ang bilis, mamayang gabi," acting administrator of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Dr. Nathaniel Servando said on an interview.
The previous three named storms that entered Philippine responsibility did not created enough noise to be notice by most Filipinos, making this new typhoon an instant news maker. The three previous storms namely: Goring, Hanna and Ineng just entered and left (or dissolved) the country quitely. Some did not even made it to the regular night news.
However, after typhoon Falcon which left significant damages and claimed lives, Storm Juaning had already wasted significant amount of property and even claimed lives.
Juaning was reported to have killed two persons from Catanduanes City. Catanduanes Gov. Joseph Cua said that Rolando Angolo, 45 years old, a resident of San Vicente, Bagamanoc, had drowned while crossing the Sagrada River while Noel Angeles, 49 years old, of San Vicente, Viga, died after being hit by a toppled electric pole. A confirmed report that two individuals are still missing at Catanduanes City.
On Albay, Bagyong Juaning had claimed seven lives. Three residents of Barangay Gabon, Polangui had died in a landslide, two persons had died after a three fell right on their house due to strong winds. Another person died of electrocution while one drowned after being swept by the rushing water.
Two teenagers had also died after being directly struck by a lighting in Camarines Sur.
Another case where fingers were pointed to tropical storm Juaning happens on the skyway at South Luzon Expressway at around 11am earlier, July 26, 2011. The conductor said that the driver lost his control on the wheels after a strong wind hit their running bus. Three had died on the incident, including the driver, and had injured passengers.