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President Marcos tried to get Sabah by hook or by crook but it ended with the fiasco now known as the Jabidah massacre, which inspired the Moros to resume the Moro Wars in the early 1970s. One of the results of the ‘70s Moro Wars was the displacement of about half a million Moros to Sabah.
Despite Sabah’s annexation to the Malaysian Federation and Sulu’s inclusion in the Philippine Republic, the State of Sabah continues to pay annual rent to the Sulu royals as specified in the1878 lease, which now amounts to a mere token. The Sulu royalty since 1957 refuses to accept the annual rent although it receives the letters of payment.
For me, this is one of the main reasons for the conflict in Mindanao. I hope they can resolve these issues in a peaceful way for the sake of peace for the people of Mindanao.
Should the Philippine Government take back Sabah? What do you think.
[source: wikipedia and wikianswers]