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PH granted consular access to Kiram followers facing charges in Sabah

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DFA spokesman Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has been granted consular access to the eight members of the Sulu Sultanate’s “royal army” who are now facing charges in a Malaysian court.

“A note verbale informed the [Philippines] embassy in Kuala Lumpur that consular access to the eight Filipinos will be granted to the embassy in accordance with the Vienna Convention on consular relations,” Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Raul Hernandez said in a televised phone interview Friday.

“It is very important for us to have access to our ‘kababayans’ in Lahad Datu or in Sabah so that we will be able to find out exactly their conditions and so that we could extend or provide appropriate assistance to our people there,” Hernandez said.

The eight members of the armed group were slapped with charges of terrorism and violations of the Malaysian penal code filed with the magistrate court of Lahad Datu on March 20.

The charges filed against them carry the penalty of death, Abraham Idjirani, spokesman for the Sultanate of Sulu, said in earlier reports.

Members of the Sulu “Royal Army,” led by the Sulu sultan’s brother Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram, had sailed to Sabah more than a month ago to reclaim what they insist is their rightful territory.

Malaysian authorities conducted an offensive against the group after several days of failed negotiations for them to leave. Since then, several members of the Sulu “Royal Army” have been arrested, many have fled and returned to Sulu, while some were still in Sabah and are being hunted by the Malaysian security forces.


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  • Anonymous

    Yes, a president who prefers to smoke in comfort rather get soaked with flood water.  That is P-Noy!

  • Anonymous

    may history siguro si simeon ng dog bite kaya may hydrophobic or hydrophobia.hehehe…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_HZMUKXXLMGGL6DL24DRB4NL4XU FrancisE

    I heard the explanation of Noy on TV and is satisfied with it.  If author of this article is not satisfied with the explanation given then it is his problem anymore not Noy.

  • guest1500

    The Philippine embassy should also have access to the plight of Filipinos in Sabah.

    • makinagulingon_nasud

      NO WAY!! THAT WOULD BE INSANE ON MALAYSIAS BEHALF TO ALLOW EMBASSY PERSONNEL TO BE PLACED IN A POSITION TO BE KIDNAPPED AND HELD HOSTAGE AND USED AS HUMAN SHIELDS BY THE FRAUD SULTANS HIRED GUNS, MALAYSIA WANTS A MANILA HONG KONG TOURIST BUS SITUATION

      ALL FILIPINO SHOULD BE ORDERED OUT OF SABAH OR STAY AT THEIR OWN RISK

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/WJE7YIK75NBNAHXBLR7R2DB47Q frank

        hope you will be caught in fire… because of your stupidity

  • Sunset

    Malaysia is a secular country,it embraces different ethnic groups. I have known number of Filipinos enjoying their descent living there but now with the gross violence,amuck that Kiram have inflicted to Sabah , it is difficult to say now. They should have asked ex PM mahathir why their repeated request to increase steeply the annual compensation in the past decades was declined. Royal highness is obsolete nowadays.It is ideal to be patriotic as Filipino but blind pride will go no where

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/WJE7YIK75NBNAHXBLR7R2DB47Q frank

      then Sabah will not achieve peace forever

    • Jun Canada

      Malaysia is a secular ….
      Are you applying Al Taqiyya, Kitman from your Quran?

      News Excerpts probing Malaysia is non secular but intolerant to others with different faith beside Islam…..

      SUNNI Vs. SHIA

      Malaysian Shiites face growing persecution
      Patrick Lee
      January 14, 2012

      Claiming to be victims of religious persecution, Shiite Muslims in Malaysia fear they are being attacked by a hardline and seemingly hypocritical Sunni-led government.

      Malaysia Today

      An Ugly Reality–The Persecution of Christians in Malaysia

      ARCHIVES 2010

      By The Anti-Jihadist

      Under Malaysia’s modern, moderate, harmonious veneer is an ugly truth. What is *really* happening here is that a Muslim government and Muslim religious officials — acting with the state’s sanction — are viciously oppressing anyone who dares to question and/or leave Islam. The regular media even outside of Malaysia won’t touch this issue — Muslims have successfully put their ruthless religious persecution of ‘apostates’ and others beyond the pale and out of public scrutiny. Not that it would much matter to most Malaysians, who either approve their government’s religiously-based persecution, or couldn’t care less.

      But the Christian, American-based network CBN is not so easily cowed, and has filed this report on Malaysia’s deplorable treatment of people whose sole crime is wanting to no longer be Muslims.

      KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Living as a Christian in a Muslim nation can carry severe risks and suffering.

      CBN News traveled to Malaysia — a country that presents itself as a model for Islamic moderation, yet has many former Muslims who say they are persecuted after finding Christ.

      A two-hour journey from the capital city of Kuala Lumpur revealed an isolated encampment where some Christian converts say they’ve been taken in order to be forced back to Islam.

      The Malaysian government calls the facilities — retreat centers. Muslims willingly come there to strengthen their faith.

  • misuari playboy

    Pilipina is now a proud country to stand in ranks with Pakistan and Iran as breeding ground of terrorists, all thanks to Jamalul Kiram and his clan of terrorists the whole world know knows

    • http://www.facebook.com/simoun.magaalahas.10 Simoun Magaalahas

      Like Malaysia the true financer of all terrorism in South East Asia.

      • misuari playboy

        yeah right, ha ha ha

      • Kancer Ninth

        Terrorist movements from the Philipines had sought sympathy from Malaysian public before under pretext of Jihad against the crusade war by your pino govt.

        If you don’t believe this fact, simply ask a muslim around. i think a handful will admit that they’ve seen such campaigns around. in fact its already so bad that to some, they have already recognised philippines as an ally of Israel; every muslims mortal enemy.

        and thats also how ur countrymen from the south sold the Philippine govt to us;
        as an oppressive crusader and an ally of the enemy of Islam.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/WJE7YIK75NBNAHXBLR7R2DB47Q frank

      wtf… what kind of filipino you are… look at the mirror perhaps

    • Jun Canada

      False…

      Pakistan, Iran, Syria, MALAYSIA ( not Philippines .. Kaffur Philippines)

      Are applying Jihad Al Kaffur, Al Taqiyya, Hukm Al Tatarrus from your Quran

      News Excerpts …..

      SUNNI Vs. SHIA

      Malaysian Shiites face growing persecution
      Patrick Lee
      January 14, 2012

      Claiming to be victims of religious persecution, Shiite Muslims in Malaysia fear they are being attacked by a hardline and seemingly hypocritical Sunni-led government.

      SUNNI VS SHIA
      Pakistan’s evolving sectarian schism
      By Alastair Lawson
      BBC News

      Sectarian violence has bedevilled Pakistan for much of the last two decadesA series of bomb blasts and shootings mostly targeting Pakistan’s minority Shia community in recent years shows that sectarian violence in the country can be every bit as deadly as that instigated by al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
      Attacks in Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta……

      SUNNI VS ALWAITE

      The sectarian divisions in Syria’s violent uprising

      Sectarian divisions have simmered throughout Syria’s 17-month-long uprising, but these lines have become increasingly pronounced as the political upheaval turns more violent.

      HISTORICAL FACTS about SUNNI VS SHIA KILLING EACH OTHER

      The historic background of the Sunni–Shia split lies in the schism that occurred when the Islamic prophet Muhammad died in the year 632, leading to a dispute oversuccession to Muhammad as a caliph of the Islamic community spread across various parts of the world which led to the Battle of Siffin. Sectarian violence persists to this day from Pakistan to Yemen and is a major element of friction throughout the Middle East.

      SABAH is Malaysian Muslim Vs. Tausug Muslims

      Malaysia wants to disposes their Muslim brothers the Tausuags, who onws SABAH as an inheritance given by the Sultanate of Brunei to the Sultanate of Sulu

  • http://www.facebook.com/simoun.magaalahas.10 Simoun Magaalahas

    Napakasakit isipin na ang ating gobyerno ay inutil sa ganitong situasyon, nagbubulag bulagan at nagbibingibingihan habang ang ating mga kababayan sa Sabah ay pinapatay ng walang kalaban laban….

    • BOYPDAF

      Who intrude in the first place?How about if somebody enters ur house will you just sit and sleep?open ur mind man!

    • tadokapurpledaisy

      sino ba ang nagpunta sa sabah? binigyan sila ng taning, e sobrang mayabang fight to the death. anong nangyari, kanya kanyang takbuhan. sino ang naunang pumatay ang mga tauhan ni kirat. di pa nakuntento, ginilitan at pinutulan ng ulo ang police. so tama lang nga gumanti sila. kasi kung hindi dahil sa ugok na si kiram, wala sanang problema. ngayon. kakayanin ba ni kirat na pakainin ang libo libong tao na lumikas? hindi kasi makasarili siya. isama pa ang anak niyang kasing sira din ng ulo nya.

    • Sunset

      There is universal wisdom to know what is right thing to do. Pres Noy forewarned them of what can happen with their misadventure. It’s Kiram fault and now this Kiram clan is disowning the arrested intruders in Sabah.

  • guest1500

    The Philippines cannot rely only on Malaysia’s controlled media because only the good news are being reported. Maybe the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) can pressure Malaysia to allow Philippine embassy and foreign media direct access to Filipinos in Sabah.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UYR4QMTX7MO3F6I6E25HGUZV3E Khairil Anuar

    Sultanate already confirmed all the accused are not Filipinos so DFA has no obligation to extend legal help.
    I know this is true because the Sultanate told me so.



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