Monday, 03 January 2011 15:16
The “ra’ayats (citizens) of the Sultanate of Sulu Darul Islam and even some foreigners are in quandary as to who is the de jure reigning Sultan of Sulu Sultanate that has the mandates of the Bangsa Sug or Tausug people nowadays. While there are many claimants or pretenders asserting their rights to the throne of Sulu Sultanate State, nobody from among them is serious to exert efforts to promote the unity and work for the general welfares of the adherents. They have miserably failed to sustain the existence and effectiveness of the administration of the Sultanate’s government. Under the Principle of State Continuity as defined in the international law, the status of the Sultanate of Sulu is still a sovereign and independent state up to this time. And even the Philippine government has no law outlawing the existence of the Sultanate of Sulu.
Historical documents account that Sulu Sultanate was not conquered by any foreign power, however, the Sultanate was a victim of foreign aggression, a crime against humanity, similar to the international crime of terrorism. Based from the provision of the international law, the political status of the Sultanate continues to exist as a juristic being notwithstanding changes in its circumstances, since the Sultanate did not lost its essential elements – People,.Territory, Government and Sovereignty. Its incorporation into the body politic of the Philippine Republic was done illegally by the United States of America. A nation may loss its territory by abandonment or dereliction, by cession, by subjugation, by prescription, by erosion, by revolution, and by natural causes. The Sultanate of Sulu did not suffer from any of these enumerated causes of loss of territory, and have not signed any treaty or agreement to become part of the Philippine Republic.
Unfortunately, the present of so many self-rule Sultans helped strengthen the policy of “divide and rule” initiated by the American government during their illegal occupation in Sulu archipelago. The success of said policy is now enjoyed by the Philippine government with these self-rule Sultans denouncing and accusing each other as impostors.
To address the leadership problem of Sulu Sultanate, about ten thousand adherents or ra’ayats attended the Consultative Assembly held last November 18, 2010 at Buansa, Sulu. During this historic event, the adherents resolved that the de jure reigning Sultan position is declared vacant. However, they created a Search Committee composed of Religious and Traditional leaders, Professionals, Academe and from business sector, with primary objective to work for the Unity of all existing Claimants to the throne, and to adopt the mechanism on how to choose from among them the best qualified candidate to the throne. The members of the Search Committee are prominent Tausug with proven track of records for their impartiality, neutrality, and independence think tank to carry out a purely non-discriminatory obligations to attain their commitments. There after, they will recommend their findings for acceptance by the adherents during a Consultative Assembly that shall be called for by the present interim government of Sulu Sultanate. Notice of cooperation will be served to all Claimants accordingly in due time.
These Claimants may send their representatives to Atty. Meltino J. Sibulan, the legal counsel of Sulu Sultanate for more information. He can be contacted in his office at Martirez Street, Jolo, Sulu, or can be contacted thru his mobile telephone no. 09269660571.
Recommend their findings for acceptance by the adherents during a Consultative Assembly that shall be called for by the present interim government of Sulu Sultanate. Notice of cooperation will be served to all Claimants accordingly in due time.
By Datu Albi Ahmad Julkarnain
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