DFA to Sulu ‘royal army’: Return to your homes

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MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday asked the so-called Sulu “royal army” that entered Sabah Wednesday to “return to their homes and families”.

The DFA issued the statement amid the furor raised by Malaysia, which considers Sabah its territory, over the presence of over100 allegedly armed Filipinos who reportedly wanted to reclaim the island that they believe they own historically.

At the same time, the DFA said that Armed Forces chief of staff General Emmanuel Bautista clarified to the Malaysian military chief that the insistence of the group to remain in Sabah was not sanctioned by the Philippine government.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario also sought the Malaysian authorities’ assurance that the rights of Filipinos “who are permanent residents in Sabah and who may be among the group” would be respected.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman told Del Rosario that the Secretary of the Malaysian government was addressing the presence of some 200 Filipinos, some of whom they believed to be armed, in Lahad Datu.

Aman told Del Rosario that they were negotiating with the group “to encourage them to leave peacefully,” according to the DFA.

Local authorities have stepped up patrols and security measures in the waters off Tawi-Tawi and nearby islands.

Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez told Radyo Inquirer 990AM that military officials were coordinating with their Malaysian counterparts.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/G6Y4NREFOVCZ2GMCEZPM6NND7U algb

    is Malaysia teaching their citizens to be historically blind or moron? There might be something wrong in the system if that is the case.. No wonder some here is absolutely lost…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/G6Y4NREFOVCZ2GMCEZPM6NND7U algb

    I honestly spent time reading various opinions.. I hope we should not forget that at the end of the day we need to preserve our race, the Malay race.. We Filipinos should not forget how the Malay Datu’s together with their balangays landed in the now so called Philippines.. Also we should not undermine the bravery of our Tausug brothers.. Historical evidence shows their bravery in putting off rebellion that’s why North Borneo was given as a gift from the Sultan of Brunei… So those who pretend to be brave here, shut up.. 

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