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« on: January 03, 2009, 11:01:51 PM »
ARTICLE I of the Philippine Constitution
The National Territory
 
    Section 1. The national territory comprises the Philippine archipelago, with all the islands and waters embraced therein, and all the other territories belonging to the Philippines by historic or legal title, including the territorial sea, the air space, the subsoil, the sea-bed, the insular shelves, and the submarine areas over which the Philippines has sovereignty or jurisdiction. The waters around, between, and connecting the islands of the archipelago, irrespective of their breadth and dimensions, form part of the internal waters of the Philippines.



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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2009, 12:16:38 AM »
Section 1 needs to be upheld.

It states that all other territories belonging to the Philippines by historic or legal title, including the territorial sea, the air space, the subsoil etcetera etcetera.

This clearly includes the territory of Sabah. Which has been part of Las Islas Filipinas since the Spanish Colonial Epoch. In addition, the territories of Guam, and the Marianas Islands were also part of the territory that was "Las Islas Filipinas"

In some maps of the Spanish Empire, The territory of the Philippines even dared to include all of Borneo.


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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2009, 12:32:25 AM »
During the late 17th century, When the Mighty Spanish Empire ruled the ocean seas and whose armies commanded the respect of all major European powers, this map was created.

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This map established historic precedent.

The entire region was once claimed by The Spanish Empire. Note that the Portuguese did once control what is the Malaccas (present day Indonesia and Malaysia) but prior to the Treaty of Lisbon, Portugal and its overseas possessions were part of the much larger global Spanish Empire.

The territory of Sabah and even the Celebes, were claimed by the Spanish Empire as part of LAS ISLAS FILIPINAS.

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Notice, all of Borneo is claimed.

When Magellan arrived to the Philippines, in 1521, he claimed not only the Philippines proper, but all islands around and fortwith, to be part of the sovereign Spanish Empire. And all islands were claimed LAS ISLAS FILIPINAS.

So, it is historic precedent that the territory of The Philippines does not only include present day Philippines, but even Sabah, Celebes, all of Borneo and Guam and the Marianas.

The 1st section of the Philippine Constitution declares this so.

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