Sabah Standoff: Sultan’s men won’t leave despite deadline


Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram talks to reporters during a news conference in Alabang, south of Manila, Philippines on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. His followers who crossed to the Malaysian state of Sabah this month will not leave and are reclaiming the area as their ancestral territory, the sultan said Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, amid a tense standoff. AP PHOTO/AARON FAVILA

MANILA, Philippines—The followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III holed up in Lahad Datu town in Sabah refused to leave despite the Friday deadline set by Malaysia.

Jamalul, his brother Ishmael and wife Princess Fatima Cecilia and some of their followers faced the media on Friday in a press conference at the Blue Mosque in Maharlika Village in Taguig City, saying they will consult their followers regarding their next move.

Princess Fatima, who is the sultan’s spokesperson, said the family wants the Sabah issue to be resolved before the International Court of Justice and that they are open to negotiate with Malaysia.

She also said that the family was hurt by President Benigno Aquino’s statement that the Sabah issue was “dormant” but she welcomed his directive for his top Cabinet officials to study the Sabah claim issue.

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  • alfred sanchez

    hindi nakuntento ang mga muslim sa mindanao gusto nila pati ibang bansa kanila na rin, ayan ang religion of peace, mga anti catholic no comment dito, kung sa israel ginawa ng mga muslim na to sigurado durog na ang pbuong pilipinas ngayon, act of war ang ginagawa ng mga muslim na yan

    • Psiitoon Charoenkrung

      Is it an act of war to go home and live in your home?  As the Sultan of Sulu said that they are going home.  Ancient documents and history proves that they are the real owner of Sabah and their going to Sabah is going back to their own land

      • joshmale2004

        Sabah is not their homeland. Sulu is. Eastern Sabah was only ceded to them for helping the Sultan of Brunei fight their enemy. Thus this sultan became sovereign governor of Sabah. But the sultan can not claim all of sabah as Western part of Sabah was left with Brunei until it became part of Malaysia.

    • CommonSens6

       Alfred, cool ka lang. Magbasabasa ka muna at manood ka na lang !  BTW are you working in Malaysia?

  • novaliches

    Aquino dont want to lead, katulad din ng nangyari sa luneta shooting. You are the president, lead your people,  para hindi ka pangungunahan.

    • tadasolo

      If he will lead and we go to war will you fight for the Datu so he can get his money

      • novaliches

         The more Pnoy need to lead since we are in the brink of war. If something happen to the sultan’s people now in sabah, there will be war with or without the consent of the Philippine govt.. We need Pnoy to lead de-escalate the situation and to prevent war.  However, since Pnoy snub the previous pleas of the sultan, it will be hard for pnoy to convince or influence the sultan, and that is a big problem. 

  • Ronald Tan

    Mas Mukhang syang Sultan kesa don sa ibang claimant na sultan

  • ChurchFaithful

    I’m Catholic and I respect the Muslim faith. I support the Sultan.

    • bhar zul

      This illegal incursion and the act of brandishing firearm in Lahad Datu has nothing to do with your religious faith. They were a band of heavily armed, misguided, lawless and rouge group of people, holed up shamelessly on foreign soil and start demanding this and that to the authority. This certainly was not an act of bravery but utter greed and stupidity; and you said you were supporting them? Do you really, as a Catholic, support violent aggression to enforce a demand? Can you ask your Sultan on why the need to carry firearm in the first place?

  • John

    What do you mean our claim is DORMANT? Does it mean you don’t have any interest at all to claim back Sabah? If you stil have interest when do you want to claim back? Something fishy  going on on this issue kasi parang panig pa siya sa Malaysia. Ang pinagiigi niyang claim ay yong nakausli na bato sa Spratly island na walang laban sa mga Chinese.Pinoy time is of the essence act now not tomorrow or someday but today. You understand what I’m talking about? Minamasacre na ang mga Pino sa Sabah baka si Amalilo pa ang namumuno.

  • stoich_craw

    Sounds crazy, but if we attacked Sabah and they retaliate, the mutual defense treaty between US and PH could be invoked.

    • bhar zul

      Not really. That treaty does not generally intended  that way. Read carefully Article 1 – Article 5. I don’t think Malaysia has any intention of attacking the republic, not in our life time and certainly not in the future. But they will certainly attack all those rouge/hostile element/illegal incursion within their recognized boundary. I don’t think the Pantagon will be fool enough to go against Malaysia, Australia, Singapore, United Kingdom and New Zealand simultaneously.

  • rodben

    Kailangan patunayan ng pamilya sultan Kiram na kanila nga lupa ang Sabah, wag silang bumalik sa SULU doon na sila manirahan magparami sila doon….tutal gobyerno ng Pinas panig lagi sa mga squatters sayang ang boto…pero teka may balak bang gawin botante ngayon election ang Malayos ? ask ko lang..

  • Shooting Star

    damnit our army shouldn’t negotiate with them -_- just arrest these pirates n send them bck to pinoy -_-

  • Master Sandwich

    the second you guys start saying Allah this and Allah that,  you lose all credibility.  If Allah was so great, there would be no dispute in the first place.   My goodness, wake up and smell the bacon

    • DakuAkongUtin

      Allah is the beginning and end for Muslims. Just like money is the beginning and end for Mamon loving Jews and its affiliates. What the fck are you trying to say ? Discredit Allah the one and only God of muslims ? ARe you a christianite or a cultist ? ARe you an atheist? Why are you questioning the faith of muslims ? is your faith much better than the faith of muslims?

      I guess you want to say , my christian god is better , huh ? Or my SantoPapeng is even better . Or my wife is better? Or my gun is better ? Or my what not ? 

      For muslims the word Allah is the source of strength and oneness. Just like christians call  Jesus the messiah as the only way to salvation in heavenly peace. This is the spirituality of muslims. If you dont understand the power of such things, then you are  lacking something. You either rely on the power of money , guns and gold to take you through which is your right but for muslims it is the way of Allah. And Allah to the muslims is being one with righteousness and mercy.

  • Chester Carlsen

    The only way for Philippines  to reclaim “Sabah” is to push for a
    constitutional monarchy  or a Federal
    government. This will empower the sultanate of Sulu and their heirs to have
    total control of the region and in turn will give way to lasting peace and the
    governance of the Bangsamoro people in the land. The Muslim region is ruled
    by  a Sultanate, rajahs, datus, princesses…
    not by rogue groups for which  I consider
    (the  MILF, MNLF, Abu Sayaff). The
    powerful MNLF leader Nur Misuari, (MNLF started in 1969, he happens to be a
    TAUSUG, the tribe of the sultanates) even with the full support  of the Philippine government in the past
    administrations, and by his loyal followers, his administration was a failure,
    he cannot unite the region, it was even a disaster because from there, a number
    of lawless groups imitated him, too much corruption, armed insurgence, then
    came the breakaway the  MNLF and much
    worse, the terror sowing bandits –the ABU SAYAFF group. The Muslim region
    doesn’t see leadership in this groups, all they can harness  is 
    division – Their leaders does not belong to the royalty, they are just
    commoners, Even their leaders have high regard to  the heirs of the Sultanate of SULU – what
    they need is their king: 

    hope they will not harm them. They (Kiram’s followers) are our brothers. If one
    drop of their blood is spilled, we might be forced to come to their aid,”
    Misuari said.   “We do not want bloodshed
    and we want to settle the issue of Sabah peacefully,” he continued, “If the
    Malaysians will harm our brothers, then we will get involved. They are our
    relatives and brothers in arms.”  Look
    here, even the great  Misuari  recognized the “Royal Army of the Sultanate
    of Sulu.”

    This is because in truth, our Moslem
    brothers do not exactly think like us in terms of governance. Again, they are
    ruled by datus, rajahs, princesses and sultans. This is where the Philippine
    government fails to see—blindfolded  in
    dealing with our Moslem brothers.   We
    keep on insisting to them to embrace  our
    Republican system but we fail to see the real culprit, on what works for their
    governance. That even among them they are already  divided into ethnic groups, example the Maranao
    ,T’boli , Badyao, Cuyunon, Bagobo, Yakan, and Tausug  which the majority of sabahans are now . Each
    of these tribes are faithful to their ethnicity.  Most are defined by their clan. This is why
    wether we like it or not there will always be factions, insurgence, chaos in
    that part of land  of Mindanao –unless
    they are ruled by their leader – the Sultanate.


    We have actually started the process for
    federalism when “ARMM”  is established as
    well as the likelihood  of the Cordillera
    Autonomous region here in Luzon “CAR”-if this is made why can’t it be in
    Mindanao? What we need is  a national law
    to further strengthen some Philippine areas, Empower the Sultanate acknowledge
    their role in our rich history, it is high time for us to appreciate their  culture, ethnicity and diversity.  It will empower  our moslem people as well as give the local
    autonomy total control of our protected lands. This will be a WIN-WIN situation
    both for the Philippine government and our centuries old problem, Giving back
    to our Moslem brothers and sisters the peace that is long deprived of them…..

    Reality check:

    Back home, The Circus continues.. Election
    time.  P’Noy  supporting his senatorial candidates in a
    divisive campaign. Senate president Enrile 
    distributing allowances in millions. “Pingky Lacson vs  Miriam “the irked” Santiago on the
    misuse of funds. Congress devoid of emotions on “Political dynasty
    bill”  …… “ Every one in the
    room…Quiet Please! Here comes  “ Mandrake
    the Magician….”

    to be continued….

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