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Greater Philippines

Greater Philippines is a concept of some Filipinos who are supporting the inclusion of eastern Sabah as a part of Philippine territory. This concept may also refer to the concept of a Philippines consisting of the Philippine Archipelago, the Scarborough Shoal, the Macclesfield Bank, the Kalayaan Islands (also known as Spratly Islands).


  • Areas under the concept 1
    • Philippine Archipelago 1.1
    • Kalayaan/Spratly Islands 1.2
    • Scarborough Shoal 1.3
    • Macclesfield Bank 1.4
  • North Borneo 2
    • Sultanate of Sulu 2.1
    • Manila Accord 2.2
  • Other irredentist concepts 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

Areas under the concept

Philippine Archipelago

The Philippine Archipelago is the main part of the Greater Philippines concept. As described in Article 1 of the Constitution of the Philippines, the Philippine Archipelago is part of Philippine territory. This provision has appeared in the 1935 Philippine Constitution for the first time, as the Malolos Constitution has specified only the areas under Spanish control, including the rest of the Spanish East Indies.

Kalayaan/Spratly Islands

The Philippine claim for the Spratlys was based on the voyage and the annexation of Admiral Tomas Cloma, who relinquished all his rights to the Philippine government in the 1970s. The claim for the Kalayaan group was enshrined in the 1973 Philippine Constitution and in later versions.

Scarborough Shoal

The Philippines claimed the shoal as part of Philippine territory, as the it claims that it lies within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Philippines.

Macclesfield Bank

Macclesfield Bank, located east of the Paracel Islands, distantly southwest of the Pratas Islands and north of the Spratly Islands, is claimed by China[1] and Taiwan (Republic of China).[2][3]

Some sources[3][4] state that the Philippines claims this underwater feature. Philippine Ambassador Jose Zaide, however wrote that the Philippines does not claim the Macclesfield Bank.[5]

North Borneo

Sultanate of Sulu

  The extent of Sultanate of Sulu in 1822.
  The territory of Sultanate of Sulu on North Borneo (Sabah), from Pandassan River on the north west coast to the Sibuco River in the south.[6]
Map of the British North Borneo with the yellow area covered the Philippine claim to eastern Sabah, presented by the Philippine Government to ICJ on 25 June 2001.[7]

The Sultanate of Sulu came under the control of the then American controlled Philippines in 1917. Sulu had then the control of eastern Sabah, which was leased to Great Britain. As the Sultan of Sulu relinquished all of his rights to eastern Sabah to the Philippines, the rental payment then was received by the Philippines as successor state of Sulu. In 1963, Great Britain included Sabah in the newly formed Federation of Malaysia. The Philippine government under the then President of the Philippines Diosdado Macapagal protested, and, filed claims to whole Sabah. This caused escalating tensions between the two countries that, the Philippines even planned to declare war and invade the whole Sabah , but was only prevented by the new President Ferdinand Marcos. To avoid further tensions, the Malaysian government agreed to continue the lease to the Philippine government.[8][9]

Manila Accord

During the formation of Malaysia, the Federation of Malaya signed the Manila Accord along with the Malaysia Act 1963.[10] These acts solidified the position regarding claim of North Borneo by the Philippines following the establishment of Malaysia.[11]

Per international law, the Malaysian government,[11] as a predecessor state to Malaysia, agreed to abide by the wishes of the peoples of North Borneo and Sarawak within the context of United Nations General Assembly Resolution 1541 (XV), Principle 9 of the Annex, which was created to complete compliance with the principle of self-determination.[12][13] International law also took into account referendums in North Borneo and Sarawak that would be free and without coercion.[14]

Other irredentist concepts

It has been confirmed that, based on studies, the Philippines "may also" find claims to Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia, which were also part of Philippine territory before 1898. These islands all formed part of the Spanish East Indies and the Captaincy General of the Philippines.

See also


  1. ^ "Vietnam Law on Contested Islands Draws China’s Ire". The New York Times. June 21, 2012. Retrieved June 28, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Taiwan renews sovereignty claim over South China Sea islands". Focus Taiwan. May 5, 2012. Retrieved June 28, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Limits in the Seas - No. 127 Taiwan's Maritime Claims". United States Department of State. November 15, 2005. Retrieved July 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Philippines protests China’s moving in on Macclesfield Bank". July 6, 2012. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  5. ^ Zaide, Jose (July 10, 2012). "Saan Siya?". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "British North Borneo company charter (page 4)". 1878. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Mohamad, Kadir (2009). "Malaysia’s territorial disputes – two cases at the ICJ : Batu Puteh, Middle Rocks and South Ledge (Malaysia/Singapore), Ligitan and Sipadan [and the Sabah claim] (Malaysia/Indonesia/Philippines)" (PDF). Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia. p. 46. Retrieved 16 May 2014. Map of British North Borneo, highlighting in yellow colour the area covered by the Philippine claim, presented to the Court by the Philippines during the Oral Hearings at the ICJ on 25 June 2001 
  8. ^ "Why 'Sultan' is dreaming". 
  9. ^ "Misuari says he sympathizes with plight of Sulu Sultanate". 
  10. ^ Malaysia Act 1963
  11. ^ a b United Nations Press Release United Nations Member States
  12. ^ General Assembly 15th Session – The Trusteeship System and Non-Self-Governing Territories (pages:509–510)
  13. ^ General Assembly 18th Session – the Question of Malaysia (pages:41–44)
  14. ^ Noble, Lela Garner; Thames, John L. (1977). Philippine policy toward Sabah: a claim to independence. University of Arizona Press. p. 267.  
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