Datu Maharlika was a young, we could say "worm". A student in a well-known institution, he was exposed to various ideas. As a pastime, he posts messages on various forums. His patriotism over his motherland has led him to many verbal tussles with other online forumers.
As he was particularly interested in the recapture of Sabah, which he believes is rightly his. However, his country has no means of such an audacious recapture. The enemy has MiG fighters... while they have none.
Datu Maharlika was upset. He cannot believe that the society in general, has forgotten what's theirs. They have forgotten the glory of their race and heritage. He asked himself, "Has 300 years of westernization neutered the once ferocious race that made even the Spanish tremble in fear?!"
From then on, Datu Maharlika vowed to himself. He would never stop until the Philippines become the undisputed, UNDISPUTED power in the region. By all means necessary.
A couple of years later, Datu Maharlika got his AB diploma in Philosophy and moved up the educational ladder. He got an opportunity to study law in the most prestigious law school ever. There, he learned about the documents and the legal transcripts that could potentially prove the claim to Sabah by his country.
That night, he posted in an anime forum his plan for the future conquest of Sabah. But some Malaysians were online and fired back. They told the Datu that Sabah is not his. However, due to the superior intelligence of the Filipino race, he was able to outmaneuver the Malaysian untermensch into submission. All it took was a written document signed by the British governor general in Malaysia that states that Sabah is to be leased to them by the Sultan of Sulu at a set price.
The Malaysians were dumbfounded. They were shocked because of the truth. Well, the truth hurts anyway. Some die hard Merdeka freaks tried to contest the authenticity of the document, but to no avail. Datu Maharlika told them to visit the archives and see for themselves.
At law school, Datu Maharlika became friends with Purificacion Tatlonghari, the local party leader for the ruling government coalition. He got her to include him in the party ranks. Datu Maharlika was satisfied. Now, Purificacion shared the same sentiments as him. She also thought that Sabah was Philippine property in the first place, but she was more pragmatic. She knew that without finishing off the Muslims in the south, their dream would never materialize.
Day and night, Datu Maharlika and Purificacion talked about the fateful day, the day in which their beloved motherland would regain the seat of power that it deserves. One day it will happen. One day.
Not long after, Datu Maharlika got a nomination in the national elections. Since his image is that of an unblemished, fresh youngblood with a passion for leadership, he was chosen to be the vice-presidential candidate for Macario Estanislao, the incumbent president looking for a re-election.
Macario Estanislao was an old, grizzled politician. He was a kind man who never stole even a single cent from the national treasury but he had a weakness. He wasn't strong with his policy. He was too kind. He yields to international pressure.
But he was loved by the people. He was loved because he helps the needy. And that's all what matters in a nation which thinks with its stomach rather than its brain. Estanislao and Datu Maharlika easily won the election by a landslide margin. They led by at least 15 million votes.
Datu Maharlika knows the weakness of Estanislao. He knows that if somehow, Estanislao is removed from power, he would become the President. Obtaining absolute power is easy. It only takes a simple manipulation and some dirty tricks.