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Inquirer visits Filipinos in evacuation center in Sabah

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Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin talking with childrens at evacuation centre in Cenderawasih at Lahad Datu.. M. Azhar Arif/The Star.

LAHAD DATU, Sabah—More than 500 Filipinos affected by the conflict in the east coast of Sabah are staying in three evacuation centers in Felda Sahabat area, where Malaysian security forces continue to hunt for Rajah Mudah Agbimuddin Kiram, brother of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, and members of the so-called “Royal Army of the Sultanate of Sulu.”

An augmentation team from the Philippine Embassy sent to provide humanitarian and consular assistance to the Filipinos caught in the conflict met with the evacuees on Monday.

The evacuees have been receiving adequate food and medical assistance from various Malaysian nongovernment organizations, the team said.

The evacuation centers are set up in the areas of Cenderawasih, Embara Budi, and Fajar Harapan in Felda Sahabat. Felda stands for Federal Land Development Authority, a government-linked corporation in Malaysia that employs hundreds of Filipino workers.

The evacuees are residents of the nearby villages where fighting erupted between Agbimuddin’s followers and the Malaysian military and police early this month.

On Tuesday, the Philippine Daily Inquirer visited the Embara Budi gym guarded by Malaysian police. The evacuees could not be interviewed but Inquirer photographer Edwin Bacasmas was allowed to take photographs.

The Inquirer learned that around 500 Filipino and Malaysian evacuees, including children and infants, from six villages have been staying at the Embara Budi gym for the past eight days, without any certainty when they would be able to return to their homes.

Mattresses and boxes of supplies were distributed to the evacuees.

A Filipino government official told the Inquirer that a number of undocumented Filipinos want to return to the Philippines to avoid the conflict.

The Philippine government has asked Malaysia to allow their return without having to pay penalties or be detained.

“We’re having continuing talks about this,” the official said on condition of anonymity, as he was not authorized to talk to the media.

The official added that a representative from the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the embassy’s social welfare attaché would soon arrive in Lahad Datu to provide assistance to the affected Filipinos, such as giving them food or even fare to return to the Philippines.


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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HA4TBCHGDKBTS6Q6XFKU2QVTFE Bato

    Mr President please forget your attitudinal “calling there is peace, when there is no peace”.

    This effort for peace is utter nonsense!

    The Malaysian media people reported they were ordered by the Malaysian government to call the Sultanate followers as terrorists, and never to call Jamalul Kiram III as Sultan
    of Sulu.

    What does it means?
    The malaysian utterly:
    1) Reject what the Phil government accepts the crisis as tribal issues;
    2) Rejects what the Phil government recognized as Sultanate of Sulu;
    3) Rejects what the Phil government acted as appeal for the claim of the Sultanate of Sulu.
    4) Rejects what the Phil government recognized, the crucial role of independent media to monitor and validate sensitive reports about the Sabah crisis.
    5) Reject the peace initiatives extended by the Philippine government as the Malaysians only accepts unconditional surrender.

    If you are that sensible, the only practical option for you is to deliver logistics in tawi-tawi for the sultanate peole to pick to sustain and protect themselves and their families from any adversity…

    • PurpleDaisy13

      In 1968, the Philippines declared Dominion and Sovereignty over North Borneo (Sabah) as stated in the Philippines Republic Act 5446 stating:

      “Section 2. The definition of the baselines of the territorial sea of the Philippine Archipelago as provided in this Act is without prejudice to the delineation of the baselines of the territorial sea around the territory of Sabah, situated in North Borneo, over which the Republic of the Philippines has acquired dominion and sovereignty.

      In 2011, the Supreme Court decision (GR No. 187167) ruled on the Republic of the Philippine’s retention and continued Dominion and Sovereignty over North Borneo (Sabah) as stated:

      “Section 2 of RA 5446, which RA 9522 did not repeal, keeps open the door for drawing the baselines of Sabah”

      Meanwhile, Malaysia has been reported as presenting to the UN a 1962 Referendum Survey that was false, fraudulent, incomplete, and rigged conducted none other than by the Malaysian lying-thieves themselves.

      • Akang

        If the UN Report is false, fraudulent, incomplete and rigged and god knows what, even under the scrutiny of the world, and the declarations of Philippine Government and Supreme Court are the divine right, why stop at Sabah? Why don’t you get your Government to extend the claim to include Indonesia, the rest of Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand ….oh heck, just claim the whole world.

        You and a select others here would definitely be very, very happy.

      • PurpleDaisy13

        re: “If the UN Report is false, fraudulent, incomplete and rigged”

        Akang, you are completely clueless.

        The 1962 Referendum Survey was reported to be false, fraudulent, incomplete, and rigged.

        What UN Report are YOU talking about?

      • Akang

        It is the Report of United Nations Mission, commissioned at the request of the Heads of Government of Malaya, Philippines and Indonesia, which was summarized in UN General Assembly, 18th Session – The Question of Malaysia (page 41-44). To save the time of everyone here, the Report’s findings are consistent with the Cobbold Commision but were nevertheless rejected by Philippines and Indonesia.

      • PurpleDaisy13

        hahahahahahHHAHAHAHAHA

        Just give up Akang. The United Nations don’t make reports.

        We all know you obviously misinterpreted my following statement and tried to engineer a way to evade your blunder of poor comprehension Akang:

        Malaysia has been reported as presenting to the UN a 1962 Referendum Survey that was false, fraudulent, incomplete, and rigged conducted none other than by the Malaysian lying-thieves themselves.

        You’re just another Malaysian lying thief Akang.

      • Akang

        Your laughing and laziness would not improve things. Go to wikipedia, search for cobbold commission and click on item 3 of the reference section. There’s only 4 pages for you too read.

        And the if you still want to accuse that it is false, incomplete yada yada yada…….. well it is up to you, But to accuse me as a liar, you need to do better than that.

        just out of curiosity Daisy, what do you think about the annexation of Bangsamoro land into the Filipines in 1935, without a single effort to procure the opinion of the natives? I’m sure it is fair and clean and transparent right? Philippines can do no wrong.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/S6Z55DLPRQDP2AE6O2HA47L7J4 Farah

        Note that in almost all her comments.. she ends it with “Malaysian lying thieves”. A tactic to demean us so we back off maybe? So pitiful.. no matter how much she provokes, I’ll never bring myself to generalize the whole Filipino population becos of the acts of Kiram the senile.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/S6Z55DLPRQDP2AE6O2HA47L7J4 Farah

        No daisy.. you are just an unstable woman unable to control your emotions. And you’re just simply stating SPECULATIONS. Geez.. if thats the case I can also pick and choose reports that are biased to Malaysia’s claims. If you talk facts maybe we can give you a little bit of respect.

      • Ari Putan

        Why don’t you research for reasons why Indonesia and Philippines rejected it? Two countries against malaysia and yet the annexation of Sabah was pushed through…
        There was something fishy in it…..

      • Akang

        Jeez, How many times need I say this, Malaysia did not annex Sabah. Sabah joined the federation. And if the Sabahans are not happy, they can always leave Malaysia, like Singapore did in 1965.

        The reason indonesia and Philippines disagreed was simple. The UN report findings are similar to the earlier Cobbold report, which like some people accused here, is false, incomplete and all that jazz.

      • Benjamin Ismail

        heheheh whatever u say dear, go take your medicine

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/S6Z55DLPRQDP2AE6O2HA47L7J4 Farah

        Now you’re just playing on semantics. If you say the so called “UN referendum survey” is fraudulent.. just PROVE IT.

      • PurpleDaisy13

        re: “If you say the so called “UN referendum survey” is fraudulent.. just PROVE IT”

        Farah, don’t try to be a hero for your Malaysian lying-thieves. You’re feeble and worthless.

        Do you have English comprehension problems? The UN didn’t conduct the 1962 referendum survey, it was your Malaysian lying-thieves that submitted a false, incomplete, and fraudulent referendum survey to the UN in order to STEAL North Borneo (Sabah).

        Malaysia claimed 66% of the people of Sabah voted in favor of Malaysia when in FACT, only less than 4% of the people of Sabah had been surveyed.

        The 1962 Referendum Survey was never implemented according to United Borneo Front (UBF) chairman and the head of the Sabah chapter of the State Reform Party (STAR).

        I’m sorry Farah, but you just don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • mickey

        is there any report from UN that u can show? as a proof..

      • Matambaka

        Dont be crazy…Only Sabah was in contract of Lease…Padjak men…padjak!

      • Benjamin Ismail

        whatever you say hehehehehe do u have what we have?

      • Akang

        If you use the issue of Pajak, then Philippines have no right to claim. It’s the right of Sultan of Sulu to claim. What business then, did the Philippines have to include Sabah as part of Philippines?

      • Benjamin Ismail

        heheheheh so say you heheheh

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/S6Z55DLPRQDP2AE6O2HA47L7J4 Farah

        Why would you quote the PHILIPPINES Act and the PHILIPPINES Supreme court’s decision? Newsflash – It has NO bearing whatsoever on 1) Malaysia or 2) the ICJ. All they do is simply tell the Philippines government to recognise Sabah. Doesnt bind the rest of the world. What a loser.

        If thats the case I can also cite Article 1 of Malaysia’s Federal Constitution which states:

        Article 1:
        (1) The Federation shall be known, in Malay and in English, by the name Malaysia.

        (2) The States of the Federation shall be Johore, Kedah, Kelantan, Malacca, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Perlis, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor and Trengganu.

        See.. we actually recognise Sabah as a STATE in our country. Go enrol yourself in a law class before vomiting useless information that will not even stand in the ICJ.

        You keep telling yourself the Cobbold Commission done by the Secretary General of the United Nations was a fraud. Prove it. Or is it just your words vs. the UN?

      • PurpleDaisy13

        re: “Why would you quote the PHILIPPINES Act and the PHILIPPINES Supreme
        court’s decision? Newsflash – It has NO bearing whatsoever on 1)
        Malaysia or 2) the ICJ.”

        Wrong.

        Republic Act 5446, which took effect on 18 September 1968, regards Sabah as a territory “over which the Republic of the Philippines has acquired dominion and sovereignty.” and on 16 July 2011, the Supreme Court ruled that the Philippine claim over Sabah is retained and may be pursued in the future.

        re: “we actually recognise Sabah as a STATE in our country.”

        I’m sorry Farah.

        Apparently you are a Malaysian lying-thief and didn’t realize that the 1962 Referendum Survey which Malaysian lying-thieves used to prove that all the Sabah people voted in favor of Malaysia WAS FALSE and FRAUDULENT.

        Malaysia claimed 66% of the people of Sabah voted in favor of Malaysia when in FACT, only less than 4% of the people of Sabah had been surveyed.

        The 1962 Referendum Survey was never implemented according to United Borneo Front (UBF) chairman and the head of the Sabah chapter of the State Reform Party (STAR).

        re: “You keep telling yourself the Cobbold Commission done by the Secretary General of the United Nations was a fraud”

        No I didn’t moron. Don’t you understand English? I said you Malaysian lying-thieves sent the UN survey results that were incomplete, false, fraudulent.

        All you Malaysian lying-thieves had done in 1962 was send bullsh*t to the UN in order to steal North Borneo (Sabah).

        That’s why you’re a loser and successfully qualify as Malaysian lying-thief Farah.

      • mickey

        @PurpleDaisy13 hi “princess jacel” u keep on publishing the same statement. are u out of your words now? just stay in taguig city, sabah refuse u

  • http://www.facebook.com/sang.garudada Sang Garudada

    many filipinos here in denial. we Malaysians have long been able to provide shelter and basic needs to your people, when you have failed to do so for decades. the problem now for us is some of this people, are biting back the hands that fed them. that is unacceptable and we will punish this people with impunity

    • vince_bugaboo

      dog.

      • Benjamin Ismail

        no thanks you we dont need one like u

    • Ari Putan

      A robber feeding the robbed ones? OMG !
      More then HARAM.

    • Pinsan_ni_Mang_Kanor

      Hahaha, yeah you fed them with guns, time to apply in real combat :-)

  • Teresa Santos

    Even in Libya the media could interview refugees. There are no abuses there are ATROCITIES.

  • Ari Putan

    Picture shows the robber taking care of the robbed ones….
    Bunch of hypocrites !

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    kaya hanggang ngayon pulubi parin pilipinas kung mag anak ang dami di 2lad ng malaysian isa dalawa lang ang anak kaya naiibigay lahat yung kailangan ng mga anak! tingin sa atin ng mga malaysian basura!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    malayshits

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OPFBEHQPMIP3OTVWF2Z73CENIQ Vigo

    …..the truth is Malaysian is good hearted people……compare to pilipin….u tagalog dare to go to basilan?….



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