Senator Bongbong Marcos statement regarding the Sabah standoff

5 March 2013

We, as a republic, have had a claim over Sabah since the 1960’s. We have historical claim over Sabah and that’s a fact.

But whatever else the issue there may be, the Sultan of Sulu and his people are Filipino citizens and, by virtue of that fact, they deserve protection from the government of the Philippines.

Pero bago natin pag-usapan ang claim, protektahan muna natin ang mga Pilipino. We should talk to the Malaysians to spare the Filipinos from harm or harassment and to resolve this matter peacefully.

First and foremost, it’s the responsibility of the government to protect its citizens.