PH humanitarian ship waiting for go-signal to dock in Sabah—DFA

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DFA spokesman Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine government is still awaiting Malaysia’s permission for its humanitarian ship to dock at Lahad Datu to fetch followers of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III who are willing to come home, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday.

The ship, now on standby in Tawi-Tawi, has medical staff and social workers on board as well as a stock of food, DFA spokesperson Raul Hernandez said in a press briefing.

The DFA is also arranging to send a consular team to the Lahad Datu even as Manila has yet to get Kuala Lumpur’s official acceptance of the Philippines’ request to extend until Tuesday its deadline for Kiram’s group to leave Sabah.

“We have learned that they [Malaysian forces] have surrounded the area. So what we want to happen is that we would like this group to now decide to leave the area for the safety and get on board our humanitarian ship,” said Hernandez.

“We don’t want them to get hurt, to nurse any violence or whatever. That’s why we sent a humanitarian ship there … It’s ready to go to the border when we have people who are ready to be moved and fetched,” said the official.

Hernandez said Malaysia has been “cooperative” and “tolerant” of the situation, bent on resolving the standoff peacefully.

“Since there are no movements there, it means that the deadline is not set in stone and they are giving some leeway to the group to leave peacefully and expeditiously,” Hernandez.

The Philippines prepositioned a ship in Tawi-Tawi for immediate dispatch to Lahad Datu in the event that negotiations succeed, Kiram’s group backs down and opts to return home as the Sabah standoff entered the third week.

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  • Albert Einstien

    kung baga sa ginagahasa yun noynoying  govt pa TAGA-HAWAK …grabe..

  • kanoy

    WILL MALAYSIA ALLOW THE P.O.W.’s TO LEAVE?

    • bhar zul

      They were certainly not POW. They may leave within the given dateline. The faster the better.

      • kanoy

         MALAYSIA WOULD BE DOING THEM A FAVOR BY GIVING THEM POW STATUS AT LEAST THEN THE GENEVA CONVENTION WOULD GIVE THEM PROTECTION….TERRORIST IS THE OTHER OPTION,,,,MALAYSIA HAS EVERY RIGHT TO REPEL BY FORCE ANY ARMED INVASION….THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT IT WAS….IF THE SULTANS MEN WISH TO USE HUMAN SHIELDS,,,SHOOT THE SHIELDS LIKE THE PNP DID WHEN MENDOZA USED A BUSLOAD OF HONG KONG TOURISTS 9 DEAD 9 WOUNDED ONLY ONE ARMED WAS MENDOZA….COLLATERAL DAMAGE….OOPS!

  • pepito gwaps

    Better not show the brother of Raja Muda Azzimudie Kiram before them because it has emotional impact that could strengthen their fighting spirit even he is telling him to give up his stand. It will be another Luneta standoff that situation might get deteriorated when there is the  unnecessary presence of a family member.

  • avmphil

    The Malaysian Armed forces had displayed a degree of understanding this far. Without untold provocation coming from the ‘ trespassers’, certainly all those troublemakers will be free to board the ‘mercy ship and head for home. Failure which, some sort of force will be undertaken to compel their departure. 

    Filipinos should be thankful that Malacanang had taken the right approach without bloodshed as of now.After all the spite it receives continuously (in this forum) from ‘street urchins’ to warmongers to tow their line of confrontational attitude, Malacanang got a sigh of relief from a dreary day of anxiety.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/G6MG4QQ3ND6UZSOBMLRHALZ7HI Petwil

    Baka mapahiya lang and navy natin kung walang sasakay sa kanila pabalik. Mas magaling siguro kung ipamigay na lang nila ang mga dala nilang pagkain, medisina, tubig, atbp. para maibsan ang mahirap na kalagayan ng ating mga kababayang muslim na nakikipaglaban ng kanilang karapatan sa Sabah..

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ 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

    • parefrank

      What rent? You can only rent out your own property, means the sultans have to provide their land titles and thei real estate tax declarations of millions hectars at least since 1963.

      • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

        isa pang ignorante

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q6UHKC43FYFDBCZ2T44ZKDPYA4 Cabal

      Nobody recognize this self proclaimed sultan, not even philiphine itself. So what are you yammering about ?

      • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

        your ignorance

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FKE56ZWNI2XKEVVLZQGRWG7WBI BURADOR—Phil. Voice

    The Philippine  and Malaysian government HAVE to PRAISE on their HANDLING of this STAND-OFF———-NO BLOODSHED untill NOW and it is INDID a VERY GOOD SIGN—

  • DakuAkongUtin

    Sabah is their home. It is home  to the Sulu People  ! Why are you asking to leave  off their home ? Sulu People owned Sabah as given to them by the Sultanatae of Brunei in time past. They will stay as it s  their ancestral home. THey will face danger no matter what as no people will leave their homeland Thank you for the relief ship but the help they expect are Phil troops to boost their defense and legitimacy to Sabah . That is what  real relief is !!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q6UHKC43FYFDBCZ2T44ZKDPYA4 Cabal

      So a few hundred self proclaimed sultan followers can dictate over millions of sabah people ? Especially when many natives over there are christians and living under a democratic country ?

  • parefrank

    The stupidity will not end. What that crazy Kirams and bloggers are talking about “their land”? Not even the lolo sultan 160 years ago OWNED anything at Saban (North Borneo). Ruling an area and treating people like slaves did not make these old sultans and radschas to owners of the land. The same to kings etc., they rule but no one claims to own the land, only that brain-sick Kirams. And even their ruling ended when  Britain released their colonies and created an independent Malaysia. The Sabah people voted to be part of Malaysia, so that sultan stupids really should know that now they are just philippine citizens and not rulers or owners of Sabah. Be happy that still you get a cession fee for which only the old sultan really had a right, for ceasing his ruling power which the British governor anyway just could have ordered. If they say now “do or die” then let the mercenaries go home and let the sultans die. End of troublemaking. Or what the Philippines would do with armed intruder?

    • opinyonlangpo

      You are probably not a Filipino or not informed about Filipinos. What the Philippines would do with armed intruders, you asked – The Filipinos will immediately start talks to anyone willing to listen, thats the trend these days.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q6UHKC43FYFDBCZ2T44ZKDPYA4 Cabal

        Malaysia is very tolerant so far, if it decides that enough is enough it will crush those terrorists within hours using fighter jets, attack helicopters and tanks. Weaponry that it possess and unused so far. Then there will be an operation to expel all tausugs back to mindanao. It will be manila’s headache then.
        Malaysia is the only country in the world that have gotten rid of communist insurgency, the tactics used to exterminate communist will be apply on those intruders and their relatives. See Malaysia communist insurgency in wikipedia and you will understand how ruthless the malaysia armed forces can be. Only weakling need to negotiate with terrorists.

      • opinyonlangpo

        Ever wonder why they are not doing it yet? That requires a thinking level higher than yours. There will be irreversible repercussions similar to a curse which will last for generations.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/Q6UHKC43FYFDBCZ2T44ZKDPYA4 Cabal

      That self proclaimed sultan is just day dreaming if he thinks that millions of sabah native people will agree to subject themselves under his rule. 

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