Sulu sultanate not informed of ship beforehand; followers to stay in Sabah


DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Sultan Bantilan Esmail Kiram said on Monday he was not informed that a Philippine Navy was on its way to Sabah to fetch his followers in that country.

“Alam ko may barko. Pero sinabihan nila ako na may umalis na humanitarian boat nung nakaalis na ang barko. Ano ba yan (I know that there was a ship that left.  But they told me about the humanitarian boat after it has sailed.  What is this)?” Kiram told the Philippine Daily Inquirer by phone.

But Kiram said the ship would not be sailing back to the Philippines with its intended passengers. “Hindi sila sasakay sa barko dahil hindi sila aalis sa sarili nilang lupa (They will not board the ship because they will not leave their own land),” Kiram said of his followers.

The Navy ship reportedly sailed off to Sabah on Sunday for a weeklong humanitarian mission to bring home Kiram’s followers in Lahad Datu.

Acting Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao said the ship carried with it an inter-agency team consisting of members from the Departments of Social Welfare and Development, Foreign Affairs and Health.

Hataman said a team representing the ARMM also went to Sabah.

Ulka Ulama, legal counsel for the heirs of Sultan Kiram, said the only way to solve the standoff would be to create a council to be called the Bilateral Executive Legislative Agreement on Sabah Affairs (BELAS) that has been “agreed (on) and reached during a Manila Accord of 1963 between President Diosdado Macapagal and Sukarno.”

“They should negotiate first, then make this agreement. It can easily be solved by upholding the past accords,” Ulama said.

Ulama also lashed at President Aquino for having what he called “a cold, hard heart.”

“The president is so cold on this issue, cold on the plight of people that are real owners of Sabah, the Filipino people. It is about time for him to shine and to show to the whole world that he is indeed a champion of human rights,” Ulama said.

Abraham Idjirani, spokesperson of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, said they would bring their concerns to US President Barack Obama to pressure Kuala Lumpur to give in to their demand.

Idjirani cited a 1915 Kiram-Carpenter Agreement where the US government “assured the Sultan of Sulu of all nations’ full protection should a problem arise in Sabah between the Sultan of Sulu and other foreign countries.”

“That’s the US historical obligation to us,” Idjirani said by phone.

Idjirani also said Kiram III has not changed his directive to followers and that they would stay in the village of Tanduao in Lahad Datu town.

“The message is clear–to live there in peace and to point their weapons to the ground,” Idjirani said.

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  • Matambaka

    oh..May agreement pala ang Kirams with US.

    We Majority of Filipino supports the Sultans move!

    Relax ka algn Sultan Muedzel Tan Kiram…

    You are a United Royal Family!

  • entong238

    Aquino this Kiram thinks and acts like he’s a likable person by his manner of speech. In our vernacular, hinahamon niya ang kanilang kapalaran kaya pagbigyan mo na at bahala na sila sa sarili nila kung ubusin sila ng mga Malaysian. Anyway the whole world had watched how you through your navy had done to protect them but it seems that they’re stubborn and took for granted all your efforts. 

  • Mamang Pulis

    maniwala kayo–ilalaglag kayo nila mang simeon.

    hindi puede mapahiya yan sa ‘broker’ niya at nakataya ang oil & gas exploration sa Liguasan—

    di ba mister leonen? 

  • tita_cacayan

    to abraham idjirani ,US wont meddle with ur problem at the moment , if its full blown no need to call them they will go in by themselve before china go in 

  • avmphil

    All of a sudden the spokesperson from the Sultan;s household brandishes a purported document of a US agreement to aid the Sulu Kings in the event of ‘invasion ‘ from another foreign country. Weren’t these people supporting the MOROs and other rebels in their bloody war against the AFP for decades. Despite every effort by the AFP and US forces to find peace, this group closed their eyes when their brother Muslims were maiming and beheading our boys. 

    Where was their voice of support during the mayhem days? Now, in the name of Filipino solidarity, the Sultanate wants Malacanang to fight a fight,which I come to think about is a bunch of  PRIVATEERS whose legacy is to continue holding the weak and gullible as their subjects and live a life of plenty.Ninety-eight years had passed holding this document in question and one needs radiocarbon to prove its authenticity..

    • giltor

      That’s a full load of BUNKUM! with a dash of radiocarbon you are pompously spouting!

      Now tell what you really think.

      After your imaginary outrage with your imaginary eskimos.

      • avmphil

        What do you want me to comment about? Your greatness in getting that ‘green card’ to stay put in Florida or maybe Vancouver? Well I won’t know how those places looks like except via TV and movies, etc. But one think is clear, you are a dude (or maybe plucking apples) to swash away the wealth of your parents hard work. My last line: It’s not worth to be an undertaker for anyone and display your nincompoopery, its bad for health. And if you are a local misfit along Sta.Mesa, boy, lots of Internet cafes at the corners.There’s also a Filipino-Chinese supermarket for you the booze around.

      • giltor


        what type of tomfoolery can I categorize those latest shennanigans you’re exuding!

        Huh? Wannabe canuck!

        You’re full of grandiloquence with nary a bit knowledge of logic, not to mention history.

        Oh no, I said h-i-s-t-o-r-y not HISTRIONICS, where I know you excel at EVERYTHING!

      • avmphil

        Sorry young man, don’t claim to excel in ’everything’ just a mortal living in a Nipa roofed-home up-north, Busy schedule tomorrow, bye for now. Ops! Thank you.

      • giltor

        What happened to your igloo?

        Huh – wannabe canuck.

        You’re not even a good impostor, I smoke out everyone like you in any forum.

        If you don’t want to be bloodied again in the battle of idea and wit: DO NOT COME UNARMED!

  • ronliza

    Wrong timing tong mga sultan ne’to, kung kailan on the process na ang peace agreement ng gobyerno at MILF. hay naku! kailangan kaya magkakaroon ng katahimikan sa mindanao. 

  • Petwil

     Meron naman palang provision ang Manila Accord of 1963, on how to settle this issue of Sabah. Why not use this as a medium as referenc..Nakikita ba ito ng Malacanang o nagbubulagan lang?

  • avmphil

    Reply to: giltor:

    Hey clown! They don’t built ‘Igloos’ in the north, ops in the Philippines. Are you in line to be the next Sultan of Sulu? Lots of IMPOSTERS are waiting to double cross the present old man, And why must you send ‘smoke signals’ to communicate with the Red Indians from here, Red Indians are civilized to use Nokia. And talk to Obama. And what kind of ideas do you possess to help the people to better them? Besides what’s there to be witty about? For what I gather from your post, you belong to a bunch of aimless nerds rooted in fantasy and, the cream of the scum of this nation. Join the freak-out gang and tell your stories to the marines..

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