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Diplomat laments ‘irresponsibility, recklessness’ of Sulu Sultanate

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Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram III, left, joins prayers at the Blue Mosque in Taguig City Friday. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—A senior Philippine diplomat on Sunday lamented the “irresponsibility and recklessness” of the heirs of the Sultanate of Sulu in dispatching a group of an estimated 180 Muslim-Filipinos to Lahad Datu, with some 30 of them armed.

The senior diplomat’s reaction came after the Malaysian online paper, The Star, published a story Sunday morning about a Sunday deadline for the armed group to leave Lahad Datu.

“The clock is ticking away for the Sulu armed group holed up at the Tanduo village as the Sunday deadline draws near with no sign of them giving up peacefully,” the Star reported on its website http://thestar.com.my/news.

The diplomat requested anonymity as only the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) was authorized to release statements at this point.

For the diplomat, the stubborn order of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III for his brother and their followers to stand down in Sabah showed their family’s “irresponsibility and lack of concern for civilian lives.”

The diplomat noted that the Kirams sent “women and unarmed civilians to Lahad Datu.”

“If there is a forced deportation, have they thought of what will happen to the civilians, some of whom joined up after being promised lands in Sabah?” the diplomat said.

The diplomat also said the group’s claim of having peaceful objectives was “illogical and irrational,” given the fact that they were escorted by armed men and they intruded into a neighboring country.

“If there is bloodshed, it would be on the Kiram’s hands and not on government’s,” the diplomat said.

“With their quixotic and reckless move, they have placed at risk not only the Mindanao peace process but also the overall peace and security situation in Mindanao, which all Filipinos have worked and hoped for and Filipino-Muslims have long deserved,” the diplomat added.


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Tags: DFA , Diplomacy , Foreign affairs , Global Nation , Jamalul Kiram III , Malaysia , Sabah , Sultanate of Sulu , territorial claims , territorial disputes

  • salomeahmad

    No one in the Pnoy adm. wants to take responsibility is why this nameless rumor mongering diplomat chose instead to discredit the Sulu Sultanate through the witting media such as PDI. If its anonymous, its hearsay.

  • rmshnr

    Pray hard Pinoy muslims. I saw you insurgent fanatics praying hard in the mosque shown in the photo above to the false god and false prophet.

    Malaysian armed forces are going to shoot you intruders who has landed in Sabah tonight and pack you home in 300+ body bags.

    • CONCERNED_CITIZEN_PO

      Tarantadong UNGAS ka… Wala ka kasing pinag aralan kaya di mo alam ang cultura at kasaysayan ng mga TAUSOG at mga MUSLIM dyan sa SULU. Parang ikaw… isa ka sa mga TARANTADONG PINOY na may CRAB MENTALITY at MAKASARILI dahil di mo iniisip ang kinabukasan ng lahi mo. Mag-aral ka ulit ng Philippine History para mahimasmasan ka naman… at maligo ka muna para magising ka sa katotohanan…

    • CONCERNED_CITIZEN_PO

      Tarantadong UNGAS ka… Wala ka kasing pinag aralan kaya di mo alam ang cultura at kasaysayan ng mga TAUSOG at mga MUSLIM dyan sa SULU. Parang ikaw… isa ka sa mga TARANTADONG PINOY na may CRAB MENTALITY at MAKASARILI dahil di mo iniisip ang kinabukasan ng lahi mo. Mag-aral ka ulit ng Philippine History para mahimasmasan ka naman… at maligo ka muna para magising ka sa katotohanan…

    • CONCERNED_CITIZEN_PO

      Tarantadong UNGAS ka… Wala ka kasing pinag aralan kaya di mo alam ang cultura at kasaysayan ng mga TAUSOG at mga MUSLIM dyan sa SULU. Parang ikaw… isa ka sa mga TARANTADONG PINOY na may CRAB MENTALITY at MAKASARILI dahil di mo iniisip ang kinabukasan ng lahi mo. Mag-aral ka ulit ng Philippine History para mahimasmasan ka naman… at maligo ka muna para magising ka sa katotohanan…

      • rmshnr

        F**k you, i’m not a Tagalog from Luzon, you medieval apes of Tausug and moslems of Mindanao ! We dont f**king care about your culture, religion, madrasahs inciting holy war in retaking Sabah. 

        The land of Sabah doesnt belongs to you, anyway.

        I’m Malaysian. We are here to wipe you out the face of Borneo, in rising with arms.

        look at the cessation of Sabah to British North Borneo company that reads here,
        British Colonial Office version“… hereby grant and cede of our own free and sovereign will to Gustavus Baron de Overbeck of Hong Kong and Alfred Dent Esquire of London…and assigns for ever and in perpetuity all the rights and powers belonging to us over all the territories and lands being tritutary to us on the mainland of the island of Borneo commencing from the Pandassan Riveron the north-west coast and extending along the whole east coast as far as the Sibuco River in the south and comprising amongst other the States of Paitan, Sugut, Bangaya, Labuk, Sandakan, Kina Batangan, Mumiang, and all the other territories and states to the southward thereof bordering on Darvel Bay and as far as the Sibuco river with all the islands within three marine leagues of the coast.

  • $31375028

    I hope the Malaysian authority will not make the wrong move of annihilating the Sultan’s Army or else, it could create a Mindanao like conflict in Sabah. It don’t matter even if the Malaysian army possessed the most sophisticated arms. Just take for example the Vietnam war; the US got all kinds of modern arts of warfare and in the end they gave up ’cause it drained their manpower and resources.  

  • boybakal

    Diplomat laments ‘irresponsibility, recklessness’ of Sulu Sultanate….

    It is not Sulu’s Sultanate irresponsibility but the gov’t.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ELTWKJPUAIB6ANDT4KSL7BSATA Shalani

    sino ka bang diplomat kang hinayupak ka
    dapat sayo balatan ng buhay, traydor!



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