President Aquino on the right track in handling Sabah standoff – JV Estrada

February 28, 2013 11:21 pm 

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 28 — San Juan Representative Joseph Victor "JV" Estrada on Wednesday said he is pleased about how President Benigno Aquino III is handling the Sabah standoff by addressing the issue with diplomacy.

Estrada, who flew in Tuesday and toured the provinces of Camarines Sur and Albay to campaign, said the Sabah issue should be addressed with calmness and in a diplomatic manner.

Asked to comment on how President Aquino is handling the Sabah standoff, Estrada said the Chief Executive is on the right track in easing the tension brought about by the renewed ownership claim by Jamalul Kiram III, heir of the erstwhile sultanate over Sabah in Malaysia.

“The President is resolving the conflict with diplomacy while preventing a diplomatic collision with Malaysia over Sabah claims,” he said.

Estrada, a senatorial candidate of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), held a series of consultations with local chief executives here.

He was guest speaker at the Jaycees Club International (JCI) conference in Naga City and held a dialogue with students at a Youth Forum at Bicol University here.

Estrada, in an interview, told the Philippines News Agency that the recent survey by the Social Weather Station (SWS) which showed that only three of the nine UNA senatorial candidates made it to the magic 12 serves as a wake-up call the UNA.

He said “we have to redirect our political strategy in terms of political campaign scenario, and building more political machinery at the ground.”

The SWS survey result showed that nine candidates of the Team PNoy had dominated the senatorial race while only three UNA candidates made it to the list of probable winners: Estrada, Juan Miguel Zubiri and Nancy Binay. (PNA)

LAP/MSA/CBD/ABB

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