DFA: Malaysia has right to charge Filipino gunmen


Abner Afuang, a retired Filipino policeman, burns a Malaysian flag in front of the National Press Club office in Manila Wednesday. JAMIE ELONA/

MANILA, Philippines – The Malaysian government has the right to file charges against the Sulu “royal army” that has figured in several skirmishes with Malaysian security forces leaving at least eight policemen dead in Sabah, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Wednesday.

Malaysian Minister of Law and Parliamentary Affairs Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz was quoted by Malaysian media as saying that the group of Rajah Muda Agbimuddin Kiram, which sailed to Sabah February 9 to reclaim what they say is their territory, could face charges in court.

“If they have broken the laws of Malaysia, they can be charged in court,” Aziz said according to the report of Malaysia’s The Star Wednesday.

When asked in a press briefing about the possible charges against the Sulu “royal army,” DFA Spokesman Raul Hernandez said “that’s within their right to do so, under their present laws.”

“But having said that, if [charges are filed], as part of the commitment of the President to help our people wherever they are, we are willing to assist them,” he said.

Eight policemen have so far been reported dead from two skirmishes over the past weekend. At least 14 casualties from the side of the “royal army” were reported.

The members of the group are believed to be on the run after Malaysian security forces launched massive air and ground assaults in the village where they have been holed up for more than three weeks, Malaysian media reported.

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  • Albert Einstien

    Section 1. The Philippines is a democratic and republican State. Sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them.
    Section 3. . The Armed Forces of the Philippines is the protector of the people and the State. Its goal is to secure the sovereignty of the State and the integrity of the national territory.
    Section 4. The prime duty of the Government is to serve and protect the people. The Government may call upon the people to defend the State and, in the fulfillment thereof, all citizens may be required, under conditions provided by law, to render personal, military or civil service.
    AFP…alam nyo naman ang KATOTOHANAN…yang mga BARKO at ARMAS nyo pati SWELDO NYO….kaya IBINIBIGAY ng TAOMBAYAN yan ..HINDI yan galing ke pnoy….ibinigay SA inyo YAN dahil sa PRIME DUTY nyo…PROTECT the PEOPLE,  SECURE TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY AT SOVEREIGNTY…pero bakit kayo NAGPAPAGAMIT sa BALUKTOT at ILLEGAL na ORDER….
    It’s not unpatriotic to denounce an injustice committed on our behalf, perhaps it’s the most patriotic thing we can do.”
    ― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly……
    A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.Edward Abbey

  • joksu

    Guys check this out: (from wikipedia re Spratly Islands)

    Spratly Islands is being claimed by Malaysia because it is part of the state of Sabah. If we give up our claim on Sabah to Malaysia, then we can just totally forget our conflict with China over these islands and live happily ever after.

  • Weder-Weder Lang

    “We will charge all the Filipino gunmen who came to claim Sabah.” — Malaysian Police State

    “We insist that Malaysia has the right to charge Filipino gunmen.” — Philippine DFA

  • Albert Einstien

    DFA …NAISAHAN na NAMAN kayo ng MALAYSIA…me lawyer ba kayo  ? are you really that dumb ?..HINDI nyo ata ALAM sinasabi nyo…yan pagsabi nyo as govt representatve na PWEDE KASUHAN ng malaysia ang mga CITIZENS ng RP sa SABAH ..PARA nyo na rin IPINAMIGAY by INCOMPETENCE yan SOVEREIGNTY  at TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY ng RP..ang MALAYSIA ILLEGAL OCCUPANT lang sila wala sila sovereignty sa SABAH…patay na yang claim sa KBOBOHAN nyo….GRABE..nakaSUKA ang KABOBOHAN ng GOBYERNO…. so sad…

  • a1phantom

    Malaysia has the right to charge filipino gun men only if Noynoy Government already confirms that Sabah is part of Malaysia….if that’s the case, then Noynoy is in violation of the Philippine constitution.

    • Sang Garudada

      dream on…that is all that you’ve got…empty dream and hopes

      • Jonas Valentin

        sure but not empty, and principle and honor, yes, dont forget. 

  • Hey_Dudes

    Flag burning?  It is the most silliest thing anyone can ever think of doing.

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    malaysian ugly force out in sabah soon!

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