By Tessa Jamandre, VERA Files
President Benigno Aquino III and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak are set to meet in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 27, when Aquino visits Malaysia in his first foreign trip for 2014, a highly reliable foreign affairs source said.
Missing from the agenda, however, will be the setting up of a consulate in Sabah, a matter which Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman had asked his Philippine counterparts to include.
Anifah conveyed the request personally to Foreign Secretary Alberto del Rosario when he came to Manila on January 31 on a day trip that was kept from the media.
The source said Anifah reiterated to Del Rosario Malaysia’s proposal “for a PH consulate in Kota Kinabalu and not in Sarawak” to take care of the consular needs of some 1.4 million mostly undocumented Filipinos in Sabah. Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Sabah.
The Philippine government, on the other hand, has a standing request for the establishment of a consulate in Sarawak, 513 kilometers fromRead More »from No talk of Sabah in Aquino-Najib meet Feb. 27