THE Philippines is currently looking into the burning of the Malaysian flag and assured its Southeast Asian neighbor authorities shall deal with it accordingly.
In a statement, the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur said “the flag-burning incident was committed by a private individual who is known to have done many controversial things in the past.”
The Embassy explained the action of self-proclaimed founder of the United States Allied Freedom Fighters of the East, Elly Pamatong “does not represent the official position of the Philippines.”
“The Embassy does not condone the incident and deeply regrets that the incident has offended the feelings of Malaysians.”
“The Embassy reiterates its assurance that it is firmly committed to the development of the excellent bilateral relations between the Philippines and Malaysia.”
Earlier, the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the Philippine government to take stern action against Pamatong over the burning of the Malaysian flag.
The ministry expressed concern over the incident saying Malaysia strongly condemns such act and considers it a serious matter.
“Malaysia strongly condemns such act and views the burning of the Malaysian flag as a serious incident. The flag is a sacred national symbol and should be treated with respect.
“Such actions and anti-Malaysia comments made by this individual are offensive and the accusations made are baseless,” the ministry added.
In the video, Pamatong was heard as saying that he disagreed with the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL), which he claimed to be the brainchild of Malaysia. He also claimed the BOL “served as a great wall” and likened it to the Great Wall of China and Berlin Wall.
BOL was the result of decades of peace talks that culminated in a comprehensive agreement between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippine government in 2014.