PH, Malaysia to patrol common maritime borders’—AFP chief

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BAGUIO CITY, Philippines—The Philippines will increase military presence in common maritime borders with Malaysia to prevent further entry of armed groups in Sabah, a high-ranking military official said Friday.

“The chief of the Malaysian defense forces, General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Zulkifeli bin Mohd Zin has requested us to patrol our borders as they will patrol their side to prevent illegal entrants so… they are going to address peacefully the situation there,” Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Emmanuel Bautista told reporters in a chance interview with reporters Friday night.

The AFP Chief issued the statement amid a stand-off between Malaysian authorities and about 200 armed Filipinos, who illegally entered Sabah claimed it as its own territory.

Bautista did not confirm how many armed Filipinos are in Sabah, saying that there are Filipinos who are also residents of Sabah.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) earlier said the armed Filipino men who were claiming to be part of the Sulu royal army, was “not sanctioned” by the Philippine government.

DFA Secretary Albert del Rosario also sought the Malaysian authorities’ assurance that the rights of Filipinos who are permanently residing in Sabah would be respected.

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  • Sri_Vijayans

    Joint patrol na daw sabi ng Malaysia kasi sila na naman ang puntirya ng mga secessionist armed group sa Mindanao. Pero during the height of fighting in the Mindanao sila ang sekretong sumusuporta sa MNLF at MILF.

    Sa WPS na lang mag-patrolya ang mga Navy assets natin at tapusin na yun ‘escort service’ nila diyan sa mga smugglers ng Zamboanga.

     

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    para matapos na problema mag bayad na ang malaysia ng renta sa pamilya ni sultan dahil gutom na sila!

  • kentjohn

    we unite this porpuse and the govt.pls. dont sleep in this matter..

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