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Aquino: PH to provide legal aid to 8 Filipinos facing terror raps in Sabah


President Benigno Aquino III. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine government will provide lawyers to the eight Filipinos charged with terrorism on Wednesday in Lahad Datu, Sabah in Malaysia.

In an ambush interview Thursday in Naga City, President Aquino said he had an “obligation” to ensure that the Filipinos would be accorded due process under Malaysian laws.

“It’s automatic for us to provide legal assistance to any of our countrymen facing charges regardless if we believe or not in their cause,” said the President.

“But we have obligation to safeguard their rights,” said Mr. Aquino.

The President disclosed that he had already tasked the Department of Foreign Affairs, with the help of the Department of Justice, to extend legal assistance to the group.

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Tags: Diplomacy , Foreign affairs , Global Nation , International relations , Justice , Law , Malaysia , Philippines , Sabah , Sultanate of Sulu , Territory , terror

  • speaksoftlylove

    The yellowvultures really don’t understand the actions of their stupididol.

    magbibigay yang Haring Mongol ng legal aide sa mga nahuli at naakusahan
    doon sa Malisya samantalang yong mga bumaqlik dito ay pinahuli niya at
    dinemanda? Isipin nyo nga kung di nagkalat ang utak niyang idol ninyo kung
    meron man? Puro panloloko lang yan dahil sa election.

    Isa pa,
    nagreklamo pa yang stupidbrat na malaki daw ang ginagastos ng gobyerno
    para sa tulong sa mga bumalik galing sa Sabah. Isang malaking
    kasinungalingan yang pinagsasabi niya. Ang katotohanan ay takot na
    lumantad at humingi ng tulong yong mga evacuees sa Basilan, Tawi Tawi at
    Sulu dahil takot na mapagkamalan at maidemanda kahit mga sibilyan lang
    sila. Kawawa naman sila, walang tutulong kundi sila sila na ring mga
    Tausug, tapos nagdadakdak yang stupidbrat na malaki raw ang gastos?
    Ibinubulsa nila ang pera ng DWSD at ginagawang dahilan ang mga evacuees,
    yan ang totoong nangyayari ngayon. Grabe, mahigit pa sa mga buwitre,

  • tom_bbt

    moro-moro lang yang legal aid

  • disqusted0fu

    Looks like the gust of the wind has slightly changed. Or it could be another one of those press releases just to save his image. After over a month of favoring Malaysia, this is probably the first time that Pnoy is going to do something for the sultanates.

  • shiatong

    di ba sabi ng administration ninyo thru Mar Roxas matitigas ang mga ulo ng mga Tausugs, huwag ka nang mag-abala ng kaunting tulong para sabihin na may ginawa ka. They need your support from the very start…. why only now?….

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