The Aquino administration doesn’t see the ongoing standoff in Lahad Datu in
Sabah a hindrance for the realization of a single community by the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) by December 2015.
regional grouping agreed last year during a summit in Cambodia to realize
the ASEAN Community by 2015.
President Benigno S. Aquino III and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul
Razak have been in touch with each other on the Sabah crisis and both are
working to resolve the issue at the soonest possible time, Presidential
spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a press briefing in Malacanang on Tuesday.
“Hindi po magiging sagabal ito [Sabah]. Nakita natin at the highest
level, nag-usap na si Prime Minister Najib at saka ang Pangulong Aquino.
Hindi namin ito nakitang isang obstacle,” Lacierda told reporters.
Lacierda said the administration doesn’t believe the Sabah issue would be
an obstacle to the ASEAN's goal of achieving a single community by 2015.
The President’s perspective is much broader and he cares not only for the
180 people holed up in Lahad Datu, the Palace spokesman said.
“He cares not only for the 800,000 Filipinos in Sabah, he also has to be
concerned with the interest of the 95 million Filipinos here in the
Philippines. We have a national interest to protect and to promote.”
The ASEAN Community will be based on three pillars, namely, a security
community, an economic community and a socio-cultural community. PND (as)