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Thoughts of Empire Thoughts of Empire However much I disagree with the way Sultan Jamalul Kiram III and his royal forces conducted their entry into Sabah, I can’t help but honor the courage displayed by the Tausugs. Theirs is a warrior society undiminished by time. For him and his lineage, Sabah is not a piece of land to claim. It was theirs for the longest time, every bit of soil and shrub of that patch of the former North Borneo. It wasn’t simply some real estate under the Kiram name. History had attested that North Borneo was and is still Sulu Sultanate territory, the one roaring reality that had stood unchanged amid the yellowing of years and varying voices claiming the Sulu throne. More detail
Seeking home: The disposessed Suluks Seeking home: The disposessed Suluks “Dress me up for battle, when all I want is peace./ Those of us who pay the price, come home with the least./ Nation after nation, turning into beasts. When will there be a harvest for the world”~ Harvest for the World, Isley Brothers Amid the flood of information and emotion washing like eddies of a riptide, the issue of the Sultanate of Sulu’s claim on Sabah, formerly known as North Borneo, centers most clearly around only one crystal clear truth: The people of Sulu feel dispossessed in a country that practically rejects them, yet will not let them go. If this were a telenovela, the Suluks would be the bidang api, the kin that is only grudgingly accepted into family and fed table scraps, if fed at all, and kept only for their eventual usefulness if kept at all. More detail
A lineage worth the cost of struggle A lineage worth the cost of struggle However much I disagree with the way Sultan Jamalul Kiram III and his royal forces conducted their entry into Sabah, I can’t help but honor the courage displayed by the Tausugs. Theirs is a warrior society undiminished by time. For him and his lineage, Sabah is not a piece of land to claim. It was theirs for the longest time, every bit of soil and shrub of that patch of the former North Borneo. It wasn’t simply some real estate under the Kiram name. History had attested that North Borneo was and is still Sulu Sultanate territory, the one roaring reality that had stood unchanged amid the yellowing of years and varying voices claiming the Sulu throne. More detail
Fortune Life celebrates Annual Awards 2013 Over 60 top sales producers honored Fortune Life celebrates Annual Awards 2013 Over 60 top sales producers honored Fortune Life Insurance Company honored its most outstanding sales associates and agency managers during its 28th Annual Awards Night on February 28, 2013 at the Citystate Tower Hotel in Ermita, Manila. More than 60 awardees from Fortune Life’s different branches all over the country gathered for an evening of recognition, entertainment, and celebration, which is a treasured company tradition. More detail
Title Title The legalities are complex, as every lawyer will concede, rooted as they are in geography, history and politics, but the conflict in Sabah between Malaysian forces and the “royal army” of Jamalul Kiram III, Sultan of Sulu, involves more than treaties and international conventions, and unless this fact is recognized, more than the 12 of the sultan’s 235 followers will likely be killed in the ensuing days, not to mention members of the Malaysian military and innocent civilians caught in the crossfire. The legalities themselves, already fraught, are complicated by a personal element that informs the sultan’s decision to physically enforce his clan’s claim to Sabah. More detail


         

 

 

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