Quantcast
Latest Stories

Sulu sultan says brother in Sabah unharmed

By

MANILA, Philippines–Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III said his brother, Rajah Muda Agbimuddin Kiram, is alive and unharmed despite the heavy air and ground assault launched by Malaysian forces in Lahad Datu, Sabah on Tuesday.

The sultan said he was able to get in touch with his brother Wednesday morning.

“They are doing OK. He said they are able to eat well though they are being pursued. What can they do but to fight back,” Kiram said.

“Bombs were dropped on them but with God’s mercy, the bombs did not explode on them but on the Malaysian side,” he added.

The 74-year-old Sultan said Muslim Filipinos from Mindanao are going to Sabah to support his brother, Agbimuddin and his followers who are under heavy assault by Malaysian forces.

But he said he did not call for reinforcements.

“They might accuse me of giving the order. You cannot blame the people from going there to help my brother. I cannot blame them,” Kiram told reporters in his home in Taguig City Wednesday.

“It’s not only the Tausugs, it is the Yakan, Sama, those from Palawan, from elsewhere. Yes they are going there. If they only had a ship like Malaysia has, everyone will go there,” Kiram added.

Kiram said he did not know whether these people going to Sabah were armed.

He insisted that his followers, who have styled themselves as the sultanate’s “royal army,” are not fighters of the Moro National Liberation Front and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

“(Fighters of) the MNLF, MILF might be going there, we cannot stop them. But to us, they cannot bring the name of the Moro National Liberation Front or the Moro Islamic Liberation Front,” the sultan said.

Kiram said he did not seek out the MNLF’s support, as expressed by their founding chairman Nur Misuari, who visited the sultan in Taguig on Tuesday.

“If they would help, that’s OK. Their help is welcome. He just came to me as a visitor. We just met at the door,” Kiram said.

He said his brother and the 234 followers who arrived in Sabah last Feb. 12 only wanted to settle peacefully in their own land.

Kiram said they also want an end to the fighting but his followers will never agree to surrender to the Malaysian forces. “The door of the sultanate is open for negotiation. But when they said there will be no more negotiation, what shall I do?” he said.


Follow Us


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Conflict , Features , sultanate , Territory

  • Royalbloodline

    Hear,Kiram is enjoying his life only his follower going through hell

  • robert franklin

    Agbimuddin Kiram dead. his son caught trying to run away sissy.



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
Advertisement

News

  • Healing priest invites political leaders to join ‘prayer for nation’
  • Tagle: Christ’s resurrection a message of hope to faithful
  • Aquino vows to intensify anti-corruption drive further
  • Unease in Vatican over cardinal’s luxury flat—report
  • Nepal calls off search for missing guides on Everest—official
  • Sports

  • Rain or Shine grabs No.4, sends Ginebra to 8th
  • Red-hot Alaska rips injury-depleted San Mig Coffee
  • Pacquiao courtesy call to Aquino set for Monday
  • Nick Calathes suspension a reminder of supplement risk
  • Teague scores 28 as Hawks soar past Pacers in Game 1
  • Lifestyle

  • Angono petroglyphs in danger of disappearing
  • Britain’s baby Prince George visits Australian zoo
  • Noli Yamsuan, Cardinal Sin’s ‘official’ photographer: ‘I could smell the aftershave lotion of the Pope’
  • Simplifying and lightening life
  • Where to go for Easter night-out
  • Entertainment

  • Show-biz celebrities’ other choices of summer getaway
  • Why ‘Noah’ can’t dock his ark at Philippine theaters
  • Acclaimed artist goes wild while on holiday
  • Believing in this mermaid
  • Missing Xian
  • Business

  • Supper power
  • Condo unit sales boosted Shang Properties earnings
  • ERC mulls over WESM price cap for May, June
  • Whatever happened to the ubiquitous pagers?
  • Huge 2013 net profits seen difficult to surpass in 2014
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Epiphany
  • Unpaid creditor vs distressed debtor
  • Moving on
  • From culinary desert to paradise
  • Response to China: ‘Usjaphil’
  • Global Nation

  • Japan presents $57-B ‘dream plan’ to solve Metro congestion
  • Tim Tebow’s charity hospital in Davao seen to open in 7 months
  • OFW died of Mers-CoV in Saudi Arabia, says family
  • Aquino, Obama to tackle US pivot to Asia during state visit
  • Asia seeks Obama’s assurance in territorial spats
  • Marketplace