PH humanitarian, consular team now in Sabah–DFA

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MANILA, Philippines– A Philippine humanitarian and consular team is now in Lahad Datu in Sabah and working to get access to the members of the so-called Sulu “royal army’’ who refused to leave and would rather fight it out with Malaysian forces.

The Department of Foreign Affairs said Sunday that the Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia J. Eduardo Malaya and Foreign Undersecretary Jose Brillantes met with Royal Malaysian Police Inspector General Tan Sri Ismail Omar in Lahad Datu to inform them an embassy team was in Lahad Datu in a humanitarian and consular mission to Filipinos affected there.

“We would like to see how we could work with local authorities in further assisting our nationals affected by the situation,” the DFA quoted Undersecretary Brilliantes as saying.

“We are here in Lahad Datu on a consular, humanitarian mission. We would also like to extend consular assistance to the wounded and other affected nationals, and have access to them once practicable,” Ambassador Malaya said.

At press time, DFA spokesperson and Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez said the embassy team continues to work on getting access to affected Filipinos.

Undersecretary Brilliantes was sent to Malaysia last Feb. 25 to assist the Philippine Embassy in handling the situation.

Philippine Embassy officials who are in Lahad Datu as part of the Embassy consular team include Consul General Medardo Macaraig, Police Attaché Charlo Collado, Assistance to Nationals (ATN) officer Mustapha Lucman and Ariel Esparto, Attaché Joy Calip and Police Administrative Assistant Pastor Reano.

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  • Matambaka

    Kunwari may ginagwa rin ang gobyerno….So,  dapat may report sila kung ilan ang natulungan nila…

    Sino ang mga ginamot at binigyan ng pagkakin? ang mga Sulu Royal Forces?? hindi ah..di nga sila makapasok sa lugar eh

  • ApoLapullapu

    Just going on an excursion to justify the collection of per diems.

  • Taiko_Kauna

    I’ll bet, walang mangyayari.. 

  • $18209031

    Mag wiwindow shopping lang mga ito paid for by mr Juan dela Cruz

  • disqusted0fu

    All for press release… There’s nothing these guys can do to better the situation. What’s disappointing is the fact that the President has remained passive about this. Before this stand-off exploded, Pnoy was hyper active in campaigning for his political allies and attacking his foes, but where is he now? Now that the PH is on a national crisis? He all of a sudden changed from campaign mode to hibernation mode.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ELTWKJPUAIB6ANDT4KSL7BSATA Shalani

    mautot nga muna!

  • JasonBieber

    It would have been great if PNoy had not ignored the Sultan and his people. Then maybe things would not have escalated this to magnitude. The claims they have are long standing claims but we never recalled it escalating to this point. What has PNoy been doing to warrant him neglecting this group of Filipinos.

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