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Q&A – Beattie/Quimpo: Philippines President Benigno Aquino has threatened legal action against members of a Filipino Muslim clan which has occupied land in eastern Malaysia for the past two weeks claiming it is their own. Philippine analyst Nathan Gilbert Quimpo of Japan's University of Tsukuba says the sultan insists the territory in question was only leased to the British North Borneo Company and, in the 1960s, following Malaysian independence, the Philippines pressed its own territorial claim over Sabah. However, he says Manila has placed the claim on the back burner, especially in light of the more recent territorial dispute with China over islands in the South China Sea. Quimpo says the clan's action can be viewed as a protest over Manila's perceived inaction