Idjirani to attend NBI probe instead of Kirams, says Saycon


Abraham Idjirani, spokesperson of the Sultanate of Sulu. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III and members of his family will not attend the investigation of the National Bureau of Investigation into the Sabah crisis despite the summons sent by the bureau, political strategist Pastor “Boy” Saycon said Tuesday.

Saycon, who acts as Kiram’s adviser on the Sabah issue, said NBI director Nonatus Caesar Rojas and NBI deputy director Rey Esmeralda agreed to just let Abaraham Idjirani, the sultanate’s secretary general, attend the probe and speak for the family.

Saycon, secretary general of the Council for Philippine Affairs, said the NBI recalled the subpoena that the bureau issued for Kiram, his wife Princess Fatima Celia, their daughter Princess Jacel and Idjirani.

The summons was served Tuesday by four NBI agents at the Kiram’s residence in Maharlika Village, Taguig City at around 3 p.m.

“Apparently there was a communication in the NBI because another director signed the subpoena and not Director Rojas. The NBI agents returned to retrieve the subpoenas,” Saycon told reporters.

He said he himself proposed the arrangement to Esmeralda “because we don’t want to disrespect the old man (Kiram)” when Saycon appeared at the NBI on Tuesday.

“How can we find a peaceful way to resolve this issue if we summon (Kiram) like a common criminal? (Kiram) will be slighted by that,” Saycon said in a news briefing in Kiram’s house.

“So I urged them to let the secretary general go to the NBI in behalf of the family. Anyway, Idjirani knows everything about this issue. They (Rojas and Esmeralda) both agreed,” he said.

If the NBI insisted on summoning Kiram and his family, he said “there will only be more hatred and pride will take over. Then we cannot resolve this.”

Saycon said Kiram was very upset when the NBI agents came to his house.

“He felt offended,” Saycon said. “It takes diplomacy to resolve this. There should be compassion.”

Celia and Idjirani calmly received the subpoena brought by two agents for them and Jacel. A few minutes later, two other NBI agents arrived and served the summons for Kiram.

“We welcome these subpoenas. I would have wanted the NBI hearing to be open to the media,” a smiling Celia told reporters.

She maintained that her husband and the Kiram clan did not violate the law when members of the “royal security forces” sailed to Sabah on February 9 and occupied Tanduao village in Lahad Datu town.

“I never expected that we will be summoned. What do they mean by collaboration? Where’s the conspiracy?” she said.

Nonetheless, he said the NBI investigation would be an opportunity for the family to “shed light on the Sabah incident.”

“We can educate them on the Sabah issue. If they want, I can give them a PowerPoint presentation … so that they will be enlightened on this,” she said.

“We did not commit any crime. We are just telling the truth.”

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  • Rod

    If Malaysia makes a case against the Kirams will Philippine government extradite them? I think Malacanang will have a crisis in its hand, in that scenario.

    • headhunter

      I think they have a lot to sort out first

  • CommonSens6

    So the saga of the Sultan of Sulu and North Borneo’s demise continues

    – First Sulu was taken away from him by the people of Luzon…

    – Then, North Borneo was ceded to Malaysia by the Sultan Pnoy of Luzon…

    – Now with nothing left to give, Pnoy is going to cut off his head and offer it on a silver platter to please the Malaysian Prime Minister….




  • MC M

    These gents (and their friends) are professed and known secessionists who have been trying to carve out their own nation in the south, and do not intend to remain Filipino in the end. Let us think (non-emotionally) what would happen if the current administration ran in support of the “Royal Army” to “reclaim” land ; and “they” were successful by whatever means, court or conflict. If successful, they will just turn around, give the nation the middle finger, and declare themselves a new sovereign entity. Members within the OIC will likely flood in more money, up arming will take place and presto, you have just helped create a new hostile neighbour. From a new position of strength, conflict in Mindanao will escalate and other poorly protected areas will be at greater risk. Perhaps an unpopular decision in many circles, and a difficult one to make, but the governments handling in this crisis (not supporting the adventurers, amongst others) actually ensures a reduced FUTURE risk against further partitioning and loss of more territory and an even more difficult future neighbour in Malaysia. Neither of which the Philippines can afford now or in the foreseeable future. The humanitarian crisis alone should be enough to warrant a hanging judge and the response from Malaysia is (was) totally predictable. With respect, everyone wants quick wins, but people should stop bringing draughtsman (checker pieces) to a game of chess and look further down the road.

    • msian

      Well said. Finally, a rational comment. This sultan does not want to be part of the Philp & then expect his 300 soldiers can take sabah from msia. Dream on

    • CommonSens6

      This attitude of enmity towards the Muslim begets nothing positive and will only
      further alienate them and perpetuate the cycle of distrust. They need to be treated as equals and with respect and dignity due to any individual regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, etc. The GRP government’s hardliner stand and arrogance is not helping anybody; it further puts the 800,000 Filipinos in Sabah at risk for more harm. Now, I am not condoning the actions of the Raja Muda and RSSA in any way or form, however I do and strongly believe the government has totally mishandled this situation from the get go and I do declare they should also be held accountable for their inaction and should not be spared of the blame for being irresponsible and reckless to put every Filipino and other Sabahan’s welfare and life in jeopardy.

    • Matashari

      everything’s gonna be fine, they got the princess and mariel rodriguez (who’s ditched her bikinis for the hijab) addressing the humanitarian crisis.

  • $18209031

    Ang estelong tagalegleg na nasa gobyerno ay tatakutin ka sa kanilang mga batas. I doubt that will pass the test for Tausugs who are fighters by nature. They have not been conquered since the time of Kachilas-Kanos-Tagaleg govt even if many of them were killed. Deep in their hearts they are a free and proud people of the southern Philippines.

    • Raul

      Parang Intsik??? May kanyon at ibang klasing treat? Dyan ka magaling eh ngayon reklamo ka? D ka naman Pinoy dapat dun ka sa China. Kumakain ng aso , fetus, at mercury.

    • tadokapurpledaisy

      ganun ba? bakit gusto ni kirat ng ceasefire? samakatuwid bahag ang buntot nya. dyan ka magaling ang magsulsol e isa ka ring duwag. ayaw mong pumunta sa sabah kaya mas mabuti pa linisin mo ang tiktik ng pisot mong isang pulgadang utin

  • Htee

    Tagalog lang ang usapan, please.

  • headhunter

    Seem that PH is having fun even without Sabah’s problem.

  • Jack Bw

    It’s better for Kiram to have a case here than to have Malaysia extradite him there. Remember they deliberately blocked Amalilio’s deportation at the last minute. There’s something very fishy about that. Keeping him there keeps his stolen money there and he has relatives among high-ranking Malaysian officials. I think they’re going to use him to try to extradite Kiram.

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