My Google Page Rank

Basilan was sold to France

PDFPrintE-mail

Based on the historical accounts compiled and published on the Internet by Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia, Basilan, an island which the French called Taguime, was blockaded by the French Navy under the command of Admiral Cecille for the purpose of establishing a network that would protect French trade in the area.

Such Naval Blockade was strongly protested by the Spanish Governor, asserting that Basilan already a year earlier recognized Spain’s sovereignty. Defiantly ignoring such protest, the French then forced the Basilan datus to sign a document affirming their “absolute independence vis-à-vis Spain on January l3, l845 aboard the steamer, Archimede.

To acquire sovereignty over the island of Basilan, on February 20, l845, France forced the Sultan of Sulu to formally cede it in exchange for l00,000 piastres or 500,000 French francs. The French Admiral completely ignored Spanish protests. However, the inhabitants of Basilan according to the same historical source, remained loyal to Spain and fought against the French for a year forcing the French King, Louis Philippe, also a Bourbon, to eventually abandon its sovereignty interest over the island of Basilan despite the fact that the French Cabinet had already approved its annexation and its budgetary requirement for Basilan.

If France remained steadfast on its desire to acquire sovereignty and territorial ownership of Basilan, most likely Basilan today would have not been a part of the Philippines but a French colonial possession. Of course, it is with the assumption that the Spanish Crown did not pursue its protest against the sovereignty claim of the French over Basilan.

The dropping of French sovereignty claim over Basilan eventually led to the proclamation on August 5, l845 by the French Government to formally turn over full sovereignty over Basilan to Spain which made it indisputably a colony of Spain by virtue of the law of conquest and diplomatic instruments applicable at that time.

By the way, what is the implication of this particular historical event as it relates to the forthcoming new round of Peace Talks. With this historical revelation, one can argue that Basilan in its geographical entirety, was a colony of the Spanish Crown, and therefore, the issue of ancestral lands or domains could be argued as without any relevance since this particular colonial possession was among the territories which were sold and ceded to the United States Under the December l0, l898 Treaty of Paris. Unlike other unconquered areas in Mindanao and Sulu, Basilan now belongs constitutionally to the territorial integrity of the Republic of the Philippines. Anyway, this should not upset any anyone, for I am just expressing a strictly personal viewpoint.

By Clem M. Bascar




Related news items:
Newer news items:
Older news items:

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Chides Magdalo men for being ‘cowards’

24 Mar 2017 Hits:81 Be the first to comment!

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday branded Vice President Leni Robredo as an enemy who was in a hurry to claim the presidency and described Senator Antonio Trillanes IV as “a barking dog” who turned out to be a coward. Speaking before the Filipino community in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar on Sunday night, Duterte tore into his critics. “Ang mga kalaban ko ... si Leni apurado masyadong maging presidente [Among my enemies, Leni (Robredo) is in too much of a hurry to become president],” Duterte said. Duterte also mocked Senators Trillanes and Magdalo Rep. Gary Alejano, who filed an impeachment complaint against the President. Duterte said Trillanes robbed a hotel during the Manila Peninsula takeover in 2007. “Look at them. Trillanes is a barking dog. He’s [...] Read more

Prev Next Page:

Globe equips Manila Science HS with 21st Century classroom

24 Mar 2017 Hits:57 Be the first to comment!

Globe Telecom and Habitat for Humanity officially turned over to Manila Science High School (MaSci) over the weekend a multifunctional Information and Communications Technology (ICT) laboratory with a collaborative working [...] Read more


WestMinCom troops honor fallen marine soldier

24 Mar 2017 Hits:64 Be the first to comment!

A fallen soldier from the Marine Battalion Landing Team (MBLT)-2, who was killed during a clash with communist rebels, was honored in a send-off ceremony before he was brought to [...] Read more


Six alleged drug pushers arrested

24 Mar 2017 Hits:58 Be the first to comment!

Six persons, including a minor, were arrested in a series of buy-bust operations conducted by the different police stations of the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO), Wednesday. The Drug Enforcement Team [...] Read more


MGB-9 orders stoppage of illegal gold mining in Baliguian town

23 Mar 2017 Hits:59 Be the first to comment!

Local small-scale miners looking for gold ores were ordered to stop illegal mining activities in Pigbogololan area in the rural town of Baliguian, Zamboanga del Norte early this month after [...] Read more


Globe myBusiness gives tips to working in the comfort of your own home

23 Mar 2017 Hits:67 Be the first to comment!

Many business owners enjoy working from home, but there’s a challenge that automatically comes with it.  There are certainly many perks, like being in charge of your own time, dressing [...] Read more


Cocolisap funds await PCA, City Hall coordination gab

22 Mar 2017 Hits:64 Be the first to comment!

Funds to rehabilitate the coconut industry following the cocolisap devastation cannot be released as of yet until after the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) regional office 9 and the city government [...] Read more


Koko sees okay of free internet access, six key bills this year

22 Mar 2017 Hits:102 Be the first to comment!

Senate President Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said Congress is expected to approve this year the bill on free internet access in all public places and six other key priority measures [...] Read more


Ateneo shines anew in Physician Licensure Exam

22 Mar 2017 Hits:107 Be the first to comment!

The Ateneo de Zamboanga University School of Medicine (ADZU-SOM) once again came up with an impressive performance during the recent Physician Licensure Examination (PLE) given by the Board of Medicine [...] Read more


Globe At Home Customers Meet the Cast of Wicked

21 Mar 2017 Hits:74 Be the first to comment!

The year is just beginning, but one of the highlights of 2017 is the staging of the Wicked, the West End musical, which transformed the Theatre at Solaire into the [...] Read more


Zambo harvests 80 gold medals in ZPRAA

21 Mar 2017 Hits:91 Be the first to comment!

The Zamboanga delegation ranked second in the secondary level and third in the elementary level in the recently concluded Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Athletic Association (ZPRAA) meet held in Dipolog City [...] Read more


Lamitan in state of calamity

18 Mar 2017 Hits:142 Be the first to comment!

The city council of Lamitan, last Wednesday, declared a state of calamity in the entire city. Vice Mayor Roderick Furigay said, the City Council concurred with the request of the barangay [...] Read more


Double barrel reloaded nets four more

18 Mar 2017 Hits:129 Be the first to comment!

Four more suspected drug pushers were arrested in another Project Double Barrel-Reloaded operation in Zamboanga City, last Thursday. Arrested were Gilbert Johnston y Dagoy, 48, single, of Sitio Lantawan, Barangay Pasonanca; [...] Read more


SSS releases March differential of P1,000 additional benefit

17 Mar 2017 Hits:121 Be the first to comment!

The state-run Social Security System on Thursday said it has already released about P2.1 billion to its partner banks for the release of the last tranche of the retroactive P1,000 [...] Read more


Aboitiz, DTI partner anew for Matigsalug livelihood project

16 Mar 2017 Hits:116 Be the first to comment!

AboitizPower subsidiary Therma South, Inc. (TSI) in partnership with Aboitiz Foundation, Inc. (AFI), has tied up with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 11 to implement a comprehensive crafts [...] Read more


6th InfoCar meets with 100 IDPs

16 Mar 2017 Hits:102 Be the first to comment!

Some 100 internally displaced persons (IDPs) met with local and government agencies for a half-day engagement to discuss the progress and developments of the City’s rehabilitation and recovery efforts. Spearheaded by [...] Read more


Forwarding company robbed

15 Mar 2017 Hits:122 Be the first to comment!

The office of a forwarder company was robbed by unidentified burglars who carted away computer accessories, bank checks and cash. Police Station 11 report showed that the officer-in-charge of the Overseas [...] Read more


PAGASA forecasts late El Niño

14 Mar 2017 Hits:156 Be the first to comment!

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecasts the probability of El Niño in the country sometime in the later quarters of 2017. Chief Meteorological Officer Maribel G. Enriquez [...] Read more


NGCP launches program for aspiring transmission line personnel

14 Mar 2017 Hits:116 Be the first to comment!

System operator and transmission service provider, NGCP, formally introduces the Line Ranger School, a program that seeks young individuals who want to become the new generation of transmission line experts. During [...] Read more