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Sulu sultan tells Roxas: Stop serving as spokesman for Malaysia


Sultan Jamalul Kiram III and Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas. INQUIRER PHOTOS

MANILA, Philippines—Is Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas the new spokesperson of the Malaysian government?

The titular head of the sultanate of Sulu raised this question, on Thursday, as he lashed out at Roxas for claiming that the Malaysian authorities would not enter into talks with the sultanate to end the standoff in Sabah.

Sultan Jamalul Kiram III said he was offended by the statements made by certain officials of the Aquino administration who, he said, had refused to meet with his family to find a peaceful end to the standoff between Malaysian forces and his armed followers who had been occupying a village in Sabah since Feb. 9.

“(To) Mar Roxas, is he now the spokesperson for Malaysia (by claiming) that Malaysia will not talk to us?” Kiram said in a statement read by his daughter, Princess Jacel Kiram.

“Is it hard for the Philippines and Malaysia to sit down and talk to us and settle this amicably? Why are we talking (only) to the media? Is it not easier for the two of us to talk officially? It seems that there is fear to talk to us officially. Why?” he lamented.

Kiram also assailed Justice Secretary Leila de Lima for purportedly insulting members of the sultanate by insinuating that they can easily be persuaded.

He vowed to the Koran, the holy book of Islam, that nobody provided funds to his brother, Agbimuddin Kiram, and the 235-strong “royal forces” to sail to Lahad Datu town.

“I, Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, pledge to our holy Quara’n that this aspiration to fight for what is rightfully ours, legally and historically, is a unilateral act of the sultanate of Sulu. This I pledge in the name of almighty Allah,” he said.

“Please do not insult the sacrifice of the sultanate of Sulu by saying ‘we can be swayed,’” the sultan told De Lima.

Kiram also called on President Aquino to “stop belittling” the territorial dispute over Sabah and for describing the decision of his armed followers to occupy a portion of the Malaysian state as a “foolhardy act.”

“Mr. President, the claim (over) Sabah is an important issue,” he argued.

“Why are you calling it foolhardy? Is it foolhardy to defend the patrimony of your nation? Is it foolhardy to fight for what is right? Is it foolhardy to sacrifice the lives of 235 people for the sake of the truth?” he said.

Kiram reiterated that his family’s decision to reclaim Sabah “did not cause any threat to the government.”

“That is why the sultanate initiated a unilateral action to go back home and reclaim what is rightfully ours so as not to prejudice the peace process that this government is pursuing,” he said, apparently referring to the peace agreement that the government recently signed with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, with Malaysia standing as a peace facilitator.

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Tags: Diplomacy , Foreign Affairs and International relations , Malaysia , Manuel Roxas , Philippines , Sabah , Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III

  • muningning

    MAR ROXAS….traydor ka sa sarili mong lahi.  Sayang bilib pa naman ako sa iyo dati pero sa susunod na tumakbo ka HINDI na kita iboboto.  Di ka peuedeng Presidente wala sa bokabularyo mo and PATRIOTISM.  Bakit ba kayo takot na takot ni Pnoy sa Malaysia???

    Kayo rin DRILON, CHIZ ESCUDERO, at LEGARDA di na rin namin kau iboboto dahil mga traydor din kau sa lahing Pilipino. Kinakampihan pa ninyo ang Malaysia imbes na sabihan ninyo na itaas ang renta ng Sabah. Bakit kung taasan ang renta, makikinabang din naman ang mga taga Sulu cos sutlan will share the rent with them. Sayang ka Chiz hanga pa naman ako sau dati.

    Mga MILF makipag-ayos kau sa Phil govt na di na kailangan pa ang Malaysian govt.  U just exposed the strengths and weaknesses of the AFP to the Malaysians in Mindanao monitoring both parties if peace process is being followed.  Kabisado na ng Malaysia ang bilang ng mga armaments natin sa buong Pilipinas.  Kaya yang Malaysia masyadong insistent na siya ang mag mediate sa peace process kasi may vested interest din siya na tuluyan ng mabaon sa limot ang Sabah claim. Mautak talaga Malaysia ginigisa ang Pilipinas sa sariling mantika.  Tayo naman si tanga bait na bait tayo sa kanila cos nag help kuno sila sa peace process.

    Sabi nga ni Atty Jesus Dureza, alam na alam na ng mga MALAYSIAN PEACE MONITORS ang AFP capability ng ating bansa wala na tayong maililihim pa sa Malaysia.  Kaya delikado din tayo sa Malaysia pag nagkataon.

  • http://www.facebook.com/niko.halili.1 Niko Halili


  • http://www.facebook.com/niko.halili.1 Niko Halili

    bakit tayung pilipino masyadong matatapang.e kung di sana tyu masydong matapang di magnda na sna ang pilipinas??nanahimik mga kababayan ntn dun s sabah namumuhay ng tahimik dun ginugulo ntn??kayung mga wlang magawa s buahy manahimik n kayu sarili nga natin bayan d ntn mapaunlad??kukuha pa kau ng teritoryo? ekung d sna tyu masydong matatapang di sna marmi inverstor ang papunta s pillipinas tps my trbahong dala,mgbabago na kau mga tarantado

  • http://www.facebook.com/niko.halili.1 Niko Halili

     pwde nmn kunin s magndang usapan bkt pa kylangan gamitin ng gun struggle.di kita nio nalagasan kau?

  • http://www.facebook.com/niko.halili.1 Niko Halili

    kita nnio nmn ang malaysia no 1 s turismo dhl my disiplina cla kita ang yaman nla.d kagya ntn mga pilipino matatapang.ang gnda ng sulu basilan paraiso ang lugar nio pro cno gusto pumunta dun n turista e mga bandido nmn kau puro armas makikita s gilid??sarap niong murahin mga tarandtado. e kung sna ganun ang gawin nio mga tao jan s sulu mamatay kau laht s sabah pg ganyan ung tactiks nio mga bobo,matatapang daw hahahahah

  • Ross

    He is not the real Sultan but his nephew… ibalik mo na sa rightful owner muna…

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