‘Royal army’ existence first monitored in 2001 – nat’l security adviser

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MANILA, Philippines—The existence of the “royal army” of the Sultanate of Sulu was first monitored by intelligence units in 2001 and was seemingly a “harmless” group during that time, National Security Adviser Cesar Garcia said Tuesday.

In an interview with Radyo Inquirer 990AM, Garcia said initial reports on Sultan Jamalul Kiram III Royal Security Forces revealed that the group held trainings but did not carry firearms. He said it was just like “a group trying to make a statement.”

“Parang harmless naman sila,” Garcia said, noting that Kiram III even ran for a senatorial seat under Team Unity in the 2007 elections.

However, Garcia said that the group went off the intelligence radar in 2005, but it apparently remobilized after “the group didn’t feel that they were given enough participation and role in the framework agreement” between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

For the full interview, listen to the attached audio clip from Radyo Inquirer 990AM. Jamie Marie Elona

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  • goldelguira

    Malacanang Palace should not play blind or deaf ears to what ongoing to the Sabah these is a legitimate atrocities if not controlled then war will erupts let’s get Sultan Kiram and set down on the table before it will blown out of proportion, history will teach us how Tausugs has never invaded been invaded by foreign forces ever since time memorial. These people are ready to die and wage war if under duress.

    • Tyron Wensley Solano Gratil

      tama ka diyan. 

  • Filipinoflash

    2001. That was the time Gloria Arroyo rose to power. Coincidence. 

  • neverwint3r

    hahaha harmless pala naman itong royal army ng sultan. kaya pala they can launch an invasion of sabah all by themselves and are curently giving the fully-modern-equipped but inexperienced malaysian army a beating.

    who knows, maybe they can achieve what marcos failed to accomplish-invasion of sabah by commandoes to seize control from malaysia. kung di dahil ke ninoy-pnoy’s father(who blew the whistle) it would have been a successful military operation.

  • vaporub123

    “parang harmless lang sila” mr. national security adviser,LAHAT NG AKALA AY MALI.KAHIT KELAN WALANG AKALANG TUMAMA.

  • opinyonlangpo

    That is a long preparation, surely they already have planted moles and made safehouses in Sabah in the past. And somebody said they can not even afford a boat to sail to Sabah, he needs to study more on the compiled data.

    • Jon Snow

       the conspiracy

  • go88

    Royal army of what? Bandits?

    So old pirate heir kiram had this alledgedly ‘royal’ army trained since 2001 …. think a bit, how come kiram never used this army did anything to alievate the plight of his fellow muslims in sulu where banditry and kidnaping is rampant (the only ‘relatively’ safe hotel in jolo is inside a police camp)? Why did inutil kiram never use this army to fight the abbu sayyaf and fix the security concerns of his fellow tausug in sulu? The reason is he doesn’t care about his ‘subject’, all the old pirate is interested in is  money. 

  • pepe

     They were linking again GMA into this issue, come on WAKE UP!  Is this another case against Arroyo?

    • Jon Snow

      For as long they have proof and evidence i think we are open in every way,if not all of this is just speculation and just a conspiracy.. what arroyo did to distabilate estrada admin.those corruption they pointing in estrada before to create chaos,the jose pidal account that estrada never had and now it is the public knowledge that jose pidal account was own by iggy arroyo,she is capable doing this but yet.i gave 25% possibilty until its proven.and whether theres plotting or not first things first the aquino admin must do something to end this arm struggle and sit and weight in the probably cause of our claim in sabah.


    Love to see the last man standing in this episode.

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