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PH, Malaysia tighten border security


Gen. Emmanuel Bautista. Photo from http://www.army.mil.ph

MANILA, Philippines—Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said the Philippine and the Malaysian militaries had agreed to tighten their border patrols to prevent other “illegal entries” into each other’s territories and avoid complicating the situation in Sabah.

Bautista told reporters on Friday night that he had been talking to his Malaysian counterpart, Chief of Malaysian Defense Force Gen. Zulkifli Zainal Abidin, about the arrest of Filipino gunmen reported in Malaysian media on Thursday.

He said he had also spoken to Sultan Esmail Dalus Kiram II, who “agreed to discuss the matter peacefully with the Malaysian[s].”

Volatile situation

“They are in Sabah. They will resolve the issue peacefully,” Bautista said.

“They agreed to talk to each other. They will return to the Philippines in due time,” he added.

The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur has sent a police attaché to Sabah to find out what is going on.

The Philippine National Police commander, Director General Alan Purisima, said on Saturday the situation in Sabah was “volatile,” with the heirs to the Sulu sultanate pressing their claim to the territory.

Purisima said the Philippine police attaché to Malaysia, Senior Supt. Carlo Collado, was assigned to the PNP Directorate for Intelligence. Collado “reports to us,” Purisima said, speaking to reporters in Baguio City.

Asked why he described the situation in Sabah as volatile, Purisima said: “If you say something that [involves] another country, you just don’t say anything because we consider diplomacy.”

Purisima declined to comment when asked if Rajah Mudah Agbimuddin Kiram’s group was aggressive.

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  • dosndonts70

    We Filipinos seem to have forgotten that as much and as many of our kabayans slip into Malaysia specially Sabah, many Malaysians has also slipped into our islands specially the south.
     So those who think that we are are in better position to act aggressive  has forgotten it is much easier to slip into Philippines than to lip into Malaysia.

    The whole scenario said so, Just look how swift they had surrounded and cornered our guys. If this was in the Philippines, they would had make it to Metro Manila by now detected!!!………

  • dosndonts70

    Correction.. they would had make it to Metro Manila by now… Undetected!!!

  • DakuAkongUtin

    Sultanate of Sulu , do not expect anything from Manila. You must approach the  CHinese to sale Sabah.  Do not include the Malayos who already had stolen it and undermined appeals to return the property. Might as well sell it to China and make the forces in the area squiirm.

    THe forces who were raping Sabah s resources for more than a 100 yrs were combination of the Britos, then passed on to the present day Malayos. ANd the Kanos, too, also played in discouraging Marcos from standing up in the past.  The Brits were in cahoots with the Kanos to keep Pinas from claiming Sabah. They , of course , were blood cousins .

    So if you let China get into the negotiations, that is good balancing of power in the area .

  • DakuAkongUtin

    Manila ‘ s Inaction and Silence on the issue are this. RP needs the Malayos to support them in ASEAN on the SOuth China SEa issue.  They need US support in South CHina Sea and training and intel to fight muslims in Mindanao. They need NATO to help in case war breaks out in South China SEa . They need support of dirty Britos to come around to visit like the Kanos.

    So the tacit message by Manila is clear, we do care but want to keep it in raps as not to rearrange the forces in line.  Sulu Sultanate is insignificant in the whole scheme of things and besides RP govt is in conflict with the muslims   on and off. NOt worth seeing them get rich from oil revenues if Sabah is return . They can backstab Manila in the process.

    Only recourse for Sulu Sultanate is sell it to China. Thats the time the  Pino Govt, Malayos,  US and Britos will take every step to suppress the legitimacy of Sabah , Most likely the International Court will Justice will declare it legal in Malaysia’s favor bec most have  white judges . The west will manipulate the results. The reason why the Chinese know the International Tribunal is nothing but for the benefit of thieves. China willnot give up South China Sea to any countries.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AO6VKORVP6RF3NJ2OW74M3YTXA Jojo

    hindi tighten ang gawin nio kundi give them support…

    • http://www.facebook.com/fightdoligarcs.caibigan Revolt Pilipinas

      What do we expect to the YELLOW REGIME  since NINOY a traitor expose the plan of marcos to retake sabah is an act of TREASON  and her wife CORY JUNK the claim for sabah. and NOYNOY??  hiding in his palace…….families of TRAITORS…

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


  • dikoy321

    “The Sultanate of Sulu obtained Sabah from the Sultanate of Brunei as a gift for helping put down a rebellion. It leased Sabah to the British North Borneo Co. in 1878, but Sabah became part of Malaysia when it gained independence in 1963.”

    Malaysia’s claim of sovereignty on Sabah is INVALID ab initio or from the very beginning, based on BAD FAITH, as the British who leased Sabah, ALTERED the lease contract, without the CONSENT of the Sultan of Sulu or his heirs !

    Both Malaysia & England ought to be made to PAY for their ILLEGAL ACT !

    The UN Referendum could be put aside, because the Malaysian population came into the picture AFTER they were made to think Sabah is part of Malaysia’s sovereignty !

    If it were clear to all that Sabah is part of Sulu sovereignty, and consequently, part and parcel of the Philippines, then Filipinos would have been going to Sabah, not Malaysians !

    Those Malaysians in Sabah can opt to choose their citizenship, Filipino or retain their current one, but the Sabah sovereignty is clear to be Filipino !

    The Philippines is NOT after a quarrel with Malaysia but Malaysia ought to understand that a GIFT is a GIFT, supported not only by historical maps & documents but even by the RENT Malaysia pays to the Sulu Sultan, his heirs & successors ! It used to be 5,000 Mexican gold, but Malaysia, in BAD FAITH, simply CHANGED it to Malaysian Ringgit !

    This is again WRONG for Malaysia to do !

    As WRONG as killing the Sulu owners who now are in their Sabah home !

    Forward Philippines !!!

  • goldelguira

    China is watching the issue at the sidelines if we back downed from Malaysia then they will gain momentum that Philippines is like a dog barking loudly, but wag his tails and tames if confronted directly by bullying and intimidation. Ang mamatay ng dahil sa iyo.

  • goldelguira

    Malaysia want to eliminate the last Sultan of Sulo before President Aquino to covet and legalized their claimed to Sabah without jeopardy. Sultan and Philippines are do lucky because we have a Sultan who wants to claimed the Philippines territory instead of selling it to a high priced, and he maintained his Filipino status not sell his citizen or renounced to became a Malaysian citizen.

  • goldelguira

    Malaysia in the first placed make the miss steps by acquiring illegally and not honoring the deals made between the leased agreement instead they stolen and claimed as their own. Mistake cannot be corrected by another mistake. Malaysia must let Filipino people live in the placed belong to them.

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