Sultanate thanks Aquino for sending ship but says Filipinos will stay in Sabah


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 FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Sultanate of Sulu said on Sunday night it was not notified by the Philippine government about the dispatch of the ship to Lahur Datu to fetch Filipino Muslims who have been occupying a village in Sabah for days.

But Abraham Iridjani, secretary-general and national spokesperson of the sultanate, said that both the Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram III and Crowned Prince Agbimuddin Kiram II  thanked President Aquino for the humanitarian assistance.

Asked whether the women in the group would return home with the humanitarian ship, Iridjani said the women were “determined” to stay with their husbands.

“They won’t leave,” Iridjani said in a phone interview.

The Sultanate of Sulu sent its followers to Sabah, which it has been claiming as its ancestral domain for decades.  Its claim has been boosted by the fact that Malaysia has been paying the sultanate rent money for its lease of Sabah.

The Sultanate sent its followers days ago after sensing that the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, which would soon sign a peace agreement with the Aquino government, was indifferent to the Sulu sultanate’s ancestral domain claims.

The government dispatched on Sunday night, a ship to fetch and ferry back women and other civilians who have been among the 180 Muslim Filipinos and followers of the Sultan of Sulu holed up in a village in Sabah.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said the ship, with hull number AT296, sailed from Bongao, Tawi-tawi, to the village of Tanduo in Lahad Datu, where the followers of the Sultan have stayed for the past two weeks to claim it as their homeland.

“We sent the ship to Lahad Datu on a humanitarian mission. We are deeply concerned about the presence of five women and other civilians in the group, and we urge them to board the ship without delay and return home,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario said in a statement.

“As we have stated in countless occasions previously, we call on the entire group to go back to their homes and families, even at the same time we are addressing the core issues they have raised.  Please do so for your own safety,” Del Rosario said.

According to the DFA, the ship is being prepositioned offshore Lahad Datu while talks with the group are being done. There are 180 followers of the Sultan in the group, including some 30 armed escorts.

The DFA said it informed as early as last Saturday the Malaysian embassy in Manila about the dispatch of the ship.

Filipino-Muslim leaders as well as social workers and medical personnel are onboard the ship.

Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram III had said his followers will remain in the village.

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  • joboni96

    let us support the sultanate of sulu
    benefit from their lands in borneo

    stolen by the british

    1. malaysia to increase to $10 million per year rent
    to be used on both sides of the border

    2. bangsa moro to support the sultanate in sabah issue

    3. sovereignty issue to be set aside in the meantime
    in exchange for the commercial transaction in no. 1

    4. philippine government gives the sultanate
    the power to negotiate but
    concurrence power is reserved

    5. money in no.1 will be used for development of
    sultanate on both countries, and bangsa moro
    led and managed by the sultanate

    6. brunei as mediator

    7. dont let hegemonist intsik switik and
    u.s. imperialist take advantage of this

  • Vincent Dave Ardon Poblete

    This time we ( Filipino)  should forget our petty difference and stand as one and support the struggle of our countrymen and help them in anyway we can to get back their homeland. They’re not only struggling for a piece of land; their fighting for their dignity and  for their future that has been deprive from them for only God  knows how long . . . Let’s STAND TOGETHER and SUPPORT the Sultanate of Sulu  “It’s time to return Sabah to it’s rightful owner.”

  • Jack

    ibig lang sabihin ay walang tiwala kay pnoy baka naman lumubog sa gitna ng dagat yon barkong pinadala na susundo sa kanila pabalik sa sulu

  • philip hernaez

    takot na takot kc si abnoy n komprontahin n yang malaysian governmenet n yan..

  • Lyrical Assassìn Nèð

    natatakot si noynoy na ilaban ang karapatan nating mga pilipino kasi takot isyang gyerahin tayo ng malaysia. pero hindi dapat katakutan ang ganitong sitwasyon, tungkulin natin na ipagtangol ang kapatid nating pilipino na nasa balag ng alanganin, ikaw ba na ninakawan ang kapatid mo ng harapan tutunganga ka na lang? batukan ang magnanakaw pag nahuli at ibalik ang kinuha, gyera na kung gyera!

  • josefe38



  • TimeTraveller123

     Go Filipinos! Ipaglaban natin ang sa Pilipinas kahit ang mismong gobyerno natin ay ayaw itong ipaglaban! Go go go!

  • Martin Comprendio

     atin ang sabah…sana c pinoy tutulong naman….bakla ata to c pinoy takot,,

  • gadafee abdullah

    perang bukan suatu yang indah untuk dikenang dan bukan suatu yang mudah untuk dilupakan  ,  lebih baik sultan sulu fikirkan macam mana untuk majukan mandanao supaya jadi sebuah negara yang berdaulat, maju dari sudut ekonomi, rakyat hidup aman damai seperti yang dituntut oleh agama.. setelah sekian lama rakyat sulu hidup dalam peperangan , tidak kesiankah sultan sulu kepada rakyat sulu yang sentiasa di heret ke kanca peperangan… berapa lama lagi harus ditunggu oleh orang sulu untuk hidup maju seperti negara  jiran yang lain…. selagi masih ada kesempatan sebagai seorang pemimipin berusahalah untuk beri kebahagiaan kepada rakyat sulu …

    • rmshnr

      memang anak haram jadah pendatang Filipina ini perlu dibunuh ramai-ramai di seluruh Sabah. Lepas itu, gantung mayat mereka di semua bandar umum diseluruh Sabah untuk dijadikan pengajaran pahit.

      Its most appropriate we Sabahans should raid every Filipino night clubs in Kota Kinabalu city and elsewhere in Sabah, cut their throats with daggers, burn down their Filipino night clubs to the ground, rape every Filipino women workers especially those entertainers, torch every Filipino homes, kills their wives, mutilate genitals of every Filipino prostitutes in town, maim their Filipino children, hack every Filipino students on student passes in Sabah with machetes, turn those hate Filipino campaigns into real bloody carnage, float their dead bodies into the shores of Sulu seas.

      We shall teach our children plant seeds of Filipinos hatred campaign in our daily vocabulary of all ethnic Sabahans and in our languages/dialects to wipe them off the face of Borneo, not only in Sabah, but also in Labuan, Brunei and Sarawak. 

      • sunan_kinabalu

        As a Malaysian myself, I think you are the one need to be shot by our Police. Sabahan don’t think, act and behave like you. We sabahans reject any kind of violence.

      • rmshnr

        leave your mobile phone number and your MyKad number in the reply, to ensure that we may check your details having no Filipino blood in Sabah ? 

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