Semporna clash leaves 6 Malaysian lawmen, 11 sultan followers dead—DFA


Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER.NET FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The clash between the “Royal Army” of the Sultanate of Sulu and Malaysian authorities in the village of Simunul in Semporna town has left six policemen and 11 supporters of the Sultan dead, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

The clash is the second incident of violence in Sabah following the gunfight on Friday in Tanduo village in Lahad Datu Friday morning that left 12 dead on the side of the Sultanate and two dead from the Malaysian security forces.

“Based on the report of our embassy officials and the information gathered directly from the special branch operations of the Malaysian police, as of 8 p.m. on Sunday March 3, the Semporna incident that happened over the weekend has been brought under control by the Malaysian authorities,” DFA Spokesman Raul Hernandez told reporters Monday.

“During the Semporna incident, six members of the police and 11 supporters of the Kiram group were killed in action,” Hernandez said.

Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III had previously sent his men to Sabah to reclaim what he says is their rightful territory.

The Malaysian government has been repeatedly ordering the group in Lahad Datu, led by the Sultan’s brother Rajah Muda Agbimuddin Kiram, to leave Sabah.

A separate group had attacked a police station in Semporna and “freed more than a hundred Filipino Muslims who were arrested on Friday and they even captured the Malaysian police chief and his colleagues,” Alim Hashim Mudjahab, chairman of the Islamic Council Committee of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), had said.

Hernandez said Monday that DFA Secretary Albert Del Rosario had met anew with Malaysian Ambassador Mohammad Zamri bin Mohammad Kassim to convey the Philippines’ request for the Malaysian authorities to exercise maximum tolerance in dealing with the sultan’s followers.

He also reiterated the government’s request that the Malaysian authorities give a full briefing of the operations conducted against Kiram’s group and that a Philippine Navy ship, BRP Tagbanua be allowed to dock and provide humanitarian, medical, and consular assistance to Filipinos there.

“The loss of lives in Sabah is deeply regrettable, we offer our profound condolences to the families of victims of this unfortunate incident,” Hernandez said.

Del Rosario left for Kuala Lumpur Monday afternoon to personally hand over the requests of the Philippine government to his counterpart in Malaysia, Foreign Minister Anifah Aman.

Hernandez said that Del Rosario and Aman would “continue discussions on how to avert further loss of lives.”

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  • aeon888

    Kung sa Malaysia pa lang ay duwag na ang Presidente natin, Paano na kung mismong Powerful China? Aba, baka magtakbuhan na lahat ng government officials ni Aquino the moment magpaputok na ng baril ang CHina sa SPratlys. lol

    • Noli Funcion

      So sino ba diyan and gusto mong maging Presidente??

      • sakinlang

        Gusto niya siguro si Manny Pacquiao para kapag may problema dadaanin na lang sa suntukan!

  • Tun Mohd Firdaus

     tausuq..tausug…tausug….heard a lot about this race said by many
    philipines…. how many science, islamic, sosial research they
    contribute? how many of them are great islamic n science scholar? how
    many of them have win Olympic medal? how many of them are civil right
    fighter?how many of them have hold world title in any field? how many of
    them are creator or innovator that contribute in any modern world dev? 
    if none nothing are great about them…… what i read about them are
    great fighter, warrior, being held high by supporter because they fight
    greatly… but they truth are they had been left behind hundred years
    ago by the development of knowledge… and continue the life of jungle
    people…. what a sad story? my advise, go fight in your country to get a
    good education… only good education can free ur race…. can give u
    greater independent….

    • 1GeorgeTolentino2

      Obviously you have not done enough research. The Suluk  (Tausug) people inhabit substantial areas of both Southern Philippines and Sabah. They have resided in these areas prior to European colonization.National borders are mere lines created by colonial powers.  So where do you send them home?

      • Tun Mohd Firdaus

         so??? what ur findings.. do u want to share?

    • sakinlang

      Nothing is great about them (the Tausugs) but what is great about you? You are looking down at a race which is just as great as yours if not greater! Obviously, you need to educate yourself more!

  • spitfire

    “He did not give clearance to Mali siya” but tells Kiram and company that, “You will not succeed.”

    He accuses his perceived punching bags of a crime against the State. What crime attorneybopol?

    Whoa, lalong lumala. Lalong naboboryong na ang Pang gulo ng Pilipinas. Saksakan ninyo na ng pangpakalma please, as soon as possible.

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  • Klepto

    Well I would rather see Pres Aquino and Tun Mohd have anal sex together.

  • disqusted0fu

    People killing, people dying but what the heck is the President doing? He can’t practice what he preach, maybe it’s time now to impeach. 

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