It is a sign of political maturity when two different cultures are able to work and cooperate with each other like a family of nations. However, when two different cultures , and worse the same cultures fight, it is at the height of political immaturity.
We are talking of the on going Operation Pacific Angel, an exemplary civic cooperation between East and West, where American and Filipino army soldiers work together to improve the living conditions of the community here in Negros Oriental.
On the other hand, we have the Sabah stand off down south in Malaysia wherein two similar cultures fight it out in bloody combat to both preserve , and the other , reclaim a small portion of some proprietary land of Sabah.
We can never settle disputes by bloody combat. This is reminiscent of the Spartans and the Nomads who kill to claim ancestral lands. Not anymore in this 21st century. Yet they are doing it. Why?
Isn’t this the height of political immaturity? Who will be left to claim the land if the claimants are all dead in a fruitless battle? Even after the battle, when will the smoke of death and animosity subside?
We favor that the President , instead of suspecting and putting down the Kiram Royal Family as Sabah claimants who are also Filipinos, push for a United Nations settlement on the Sabah issue in fairness to both the Sultanate of Sulu and our Malaysian neighbors.
The country, even our Constitution has been fighting for this age- old claim on Sabah. All Presidents have recognized its legitimacy, but with caution lest we provoke our neighbor Malaysia. We are sure that these things can achieve a win-win solution if only both parties will sit down and peacefully negotiate with good will.