Sulu sultan accuses Aquino of helping Malaysians instead of Filipinos


Sultan Jamalul Kiram lll speaks during a news conference at his house in Maharlika Village, Taguig City. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Sultan Jamalul Kiram III on Friday accused President Benigno Aquino III of helping the Malaysians instead of his fellow Filipinos who sailed to Sabah from Mindanao to stake a dormant territorial claim.

“They (Aquino administration) should be helping us, not sue us,” Kiram  said at a press conference aired over Radyo Inquirer 990AM.

President Benigno Aquino on Tuesday warned Kiram he would face the “full force of the law” unless he withdrew his gunmen from Sabah.

Aquino also warned the sultan that he may have broken laws, including one banning citizens from inciting war that carries a maximum prison term of 12 years.

But Kiram said he was “just surprised,” adding, “Help us. Because as I see it, (Aquino) is helping not the Filipinos.”

He also said he prefers talking to the President “personally” instead “of an emissary who will relay a different version of what he wants to tell the President.”

Shooting erupted Friday in Lahad Datu village that has been occupied by nearly 200 followers and family members of Kiram for three weeks.

The conflict elevated the Sabah territorial issue, which has been a thorn in Philippine-Malaysian relations for decades, to a Philippine national security concern. The crisis erupted at a crucial stage of peace negotiations — brokered by Malaysia — between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the largest Muslim rebel group in Mindanao.

Aquino has said that the standoff may have been an attempt to undermine his government on the part of those opposing the peace deal, including politicians and warlords who fear being left out in any power sharing arrangements.

The Philippines this week sent a navy ship with social and medical workers off Lahad Datu while trying to persuade the Filipinos to return home. With reports from Ruel Perez, Radyo Inquirer 990AM and Associated Press

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  • Julius

    people have been killed, Mr Kiram.  i’d like you to act like a sultan, and face the family of those killed, both filipino and malaysian, and tell them – it was necessary.  it was worth it.

  • Albert Einstien

    MGa YELLOW ZOMBIES……alam namin WALA kayo ISIP at PUSO TULAD ng  AMO nyo…….. nagpakawala na naman na mga MAC-BOYS…LOL

    • Julius

      oh, i’m sure na me puso at isip ka when you were cheering this armed group on! the blood of the dead is on YOUR head.

      • Choosen Theseus

         lupa nila ang pinagtatanggol nila..

      • Julius

        e di ipaglaban nila sa ICJ, di ba?  and if they can’t win at the ICJ, then they should move on!  the problem with these people, me messianic complex.  it’s all about them.  wala sa kanila ang buhay ng tao, pilipino o malaysian.  it’s only about his claim to the sultanate and his claim on Sabah.  and he has countless gullible supporters to rely on!

  • Edandlye Pogi

    Kung ito sanang si PNOY ay dumalaw man lang sa Sultan, palagay ko, pinauwi niya agad ang mga kamag-anak niya mula sa Sabah. Ang mahirap kasi kay PNOY, matinding magkimkim ng galit sa mga tingin niya ay hindi kapanalig. Ang sultan kasi tumakbo bilang senador sa ticket ni Arroyo kaya out na agad siya sa circulo ni PNOY. Kaya yan, di tinulungan. Tanong ko rin PNOY, bakit takot na takot ka sa Malaysia? 25M lang sila samantalang 100M tayo. Sa boxing na lang we outnumber them 4:1, to borrow your logic.

  • Rudy Sentosa

    Too bad for the deads. But being abandoned by the DFA & PNoy, it wasnt exactly Malaysia’s fault. PNoys did nothing to protect the filipinos. He basically wasted them. He christened the Philippines as the Banana Republic of Asia. Congratulation.. 

  • JasonBieber

    So first PNoy ignored this Filipino group, then he makes an excuse and blames it on a lost letter, then he threatens and warns them with force, and now it looks like PNoy is siding more with Malaysia.

    The saying goes that ‘It’s more fun in the Philippines for PNoy and his KKK’ but apparently not fun for another K…Kiram. PNoy doesn’t seem to care…we feel bad for you guys. Good luck!

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    shame to you mr benigno panot! your like your father he traitors to marcos to get back sabah!

  • disqusted0fu

    Absolutely! It all started when Pnoy admitted that Kiram’s letter got lost in the bureaucratic maze, whatever he meant by that, but it shows that he just doesn’t  care. Then sending an emissary over when this is supposed to be a major issue that the head of the state should be facing. Then ordering the sultanates to just back off? And it definitely didn’t help when he even threatens them on facing raps?! Are these doing or sayings of a mentally sound President?

  • FraAu

    Is Jamalul Kiram III the right offical Sultan of Sulu?

    Because i found something else…Mohammad Akijal Atti, Aguimuddin Abirin, Punjungan Kiram, Jamalul Kiram III and Esmail (Ismail) Dalus Kiram II filled in the gap of the leadership, however none of them was formally recognized by decree of the Philippine government as Sultan of Sulu. The reason is simple, Memorandum Order 427  from 1969 still is in force and this makes Datu Raja Muda Muedzul Lail Kiram to be still the only officially and formally recognized heir to the throne of the Sultanate.
    “…once a [usurping] king was recognised as having acquired de jure authority — a combination of legal claim, de facto rule, acquiescence and so on — the former [the deposed] king (and his heir) cease to have any legal claim whatsoever.”

    Thats why Pnoy didnt pushed more the situation and to bring back the people. I think he knows about the difficult situation. Its not only Pnoys fail, all the presidents after the Marcos time didnt recognize a new Sultan after Sultan Mahakutta Kiram died in 1986. His eldest son and official heir and
    successor as recognized under Memorandum Order 427 is Datu Raja Muda Muedzul
    Lail Tan Kiram

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