PH to extend legal assistance to 8 men charged in Sabah

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MANILA, Philippines – The government will not withhold consular and legal assistance to the eight men accused of terrorism in Sabah despite doubts raised by a spokesman for Sultan Jamalul Kiram III about their citizenship.

The Philippine embassy in Malaysia has been granted consular access to them, said deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte in a radio interview Saturday.

She said that the Philippine government, through its embassy in Kuala Lumpur, “will be taking the necessary steps to extend the assistance that is needed.”

Abraham Idjirani, spokesman for Kiram, claimed Friday that the accused were not Filipinos but Malaysians. He had condemned the filing of the charges against the followers of Kiram.

Valte’s statement was in compliance with a directive from President Benigno Aquino III on Thursday that the eight Filipinos charged with terrorism in Lahad Datu, Sabah be provided lawyers.

Aquino told reporters in Naga City that he had an “obligation” to ensure that the Filipinos were 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.

“We have not heard any contrary reports from our side, so… we will proceed to provide the assistance,” Valte said in the radio interview.

Valte questioned Idjirani’s latest claim, and asked why the Sulu sultanate had to sing “a different tune.”

“I think they have to solidify [or] clarify their position. The other day, that particular side condemned the filing of charges against these eight people, and they expressed their concern that perhaps the offense might carry the death penalty, etcetera. So today, they’re singing a different tune—that these men are not Filipinos but supposedly Malaysians. So we don’t know what necessitated the change in their position, but as far as we are concerned, we have been granted access to the eight, and our officials will be providing [assistance],” she said.

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  • Manuel_II

    Kiram’s are condemning their own followers!

    • pepito gwaps

      hindi naman siguro pero kasi kung lalo nilang aakuin na sila ay sulu royal Army members ay lalong bibitayin yong mga yon ng Malaysian court..he.he…reverse psychology

      • joshmale2004

        Whether they are confirmed nor denied by Kiram. They will probably be meted the same verdict and penalty as they are in a malaysian court. My personal opinion is, if they are going to be meted out the death penalty, these people would rather hear their Sultan owning them and exalting their achievement in Sabah. This way they will accept their fate honorably. This will also fire the heart of the thousands of tausugs who believe their Sultan’s leadership and in the future will have an avalanche effect on their claim to Sabah. But by denying them and dishonoring them now as expendables, they will just die as mercenaries and will itch forever in the hearts of tausug that their leader is weak and will abandon them if they face the same predicament when their turn to fight comes.

      • TheAwesomeNess

        agree!! what a sad way to die (if they will be executed,but still…)

      • makinagulingon_nasud

        LET THE 9 DEAD MALAYSIAN POLICEMEN WIVES CHILDREN AND FAMILY HAVE THE PLEASURE OF PUTTING THE GUN TO THEIR COWARDLY HEADS AND PULL THE TRIGGER

      • makinagulingon_nasud

        THE SAME HOLDS TRUE FOR ANY FOREIGNER IN A RP COURT,,,,THE WORLD IS LAUGHING AT THE RP ONCE AGAIN FORCING ITS CITIZENS TO DEFEND TERRORIST WITH THEIR TAXES WHILE WATER ROADS SEWERS HOUSING THE POOR MEDICAL ALL GET PUT ON THE BACK BURNER JUST TO DEFEND HIRED COP KILLERS,,,TSK TSK SHAME

      • Pio Pusli

        and you’re a certified moron, akala mo komiks ang binabasa mo, dude this is real , idyot.

      • pepito gwaps

        sa tingin mo bibitayin ng Malaysia yong sarili nilang citizen ng basta basta…you are nothing but an empty can

  • CommonSens6

    “Singing a different tune”. Very diplomatic… not! Where they’d find these people?
    You should replace these spokesperson with somebody better like Rep Quimbo
    or that cute Corona female lawyer.

    Only in the Philippines!

  • peyiy busyu’

    jamallul and agbimuddin are coward.sucker…..no balls

  • joshmale2004

    Only mercenaries and expendables are disowned nor denied by their sponsors when caught.

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

    why should the DFA bother? according to the Sultanate these men are Malaysians,not Filipinos.

    • corei3sleek sleek

      Yeh, should just leave them all to be hanged if found guilty. Then move on.. But the relative/follower should go for Kiram’s head later if found otherwise.

      • headhunter

        see the report below, wtf…traitor! He should be hanged.

        ++ ++

        LAHAD DATU: A son of a former Kampung Tanduo village chief is believed to be the local coordinator for the Sulu terror group.

        He was among four people, two of whom are key figures behind the group, who were arrested over the past 24 hours.

        The other is the Sulu group’s military commander who was picked up while hiding in the swamps in Semporna as police further crippled the Sulu terrorists network operating there and in Lahad Datu.

        Deputy Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the two key figures were arrested with their wives.

        He said the local coordinator, in his early 40’s, was arrested with his wife in the Felda Sahabat area at about 10pm on Friday.

        The man possessed a Malaysian identity card, he told reporters.

        The man is being detained under the Immigration Act pending verification of his identification documents.

        “He is an important figure as he was the one who arranged for accommodation, food, drinks and medical treatment since the group arrived here (Feb 9),” Khalid said.

        He said the military commander, in his late 40s, was arrested at about 1am on Saturday and has a Philippines passport.

        “Now we believe the group has been further crippled. They have lost their source of local support and they now have no direction,” Khalid said.

  • joshmale2004

    Not even one of the 107 detained by Malaysia will be admitted by Kiram as his follower. Takot lang niyang ma extradite sa Malaysia pag inamin niya mga tao niya sila.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000463788427 Hans Hans

      there are 408 detainee so far.

      • Pinsan_ni_Mang_Kanor

        Relax..i know you are an avid reader of inquirer so you must have read that the terrorists abu sayaff was paid a ransom. I think they will use the ransom money for Kirams group, they will shop for arms and bombs and they will ship it via Fedex to Sabah, some of the ransom money will be use to bribe Malaysian authorities to turn a blind eye, hahahaha! Or maybe they will buy a nuke from north korea! Lolz

    • inq er6

      if they capture his brother and the princess, I bet Kiram would disown them in a heartbeat

    • misuari playboy

      If they capture Abraham Idjirani, I will disown him!

  • headhunter

    It might be true that some of these madafukers are “Malaysians” but fake Malaysians.

    Many Filipinos immigrants were given citizenships without following proper evaluation. This was the greatest mistake the Malaysian authorities had made. Therefore, 100 thousands of Filipinos who were born and bred in the Philippines have become Malaysian citizens overnight. This is being investigated under our RCI. It was a big mistake and we cannot allow it to repeat.

    The result of the easy citizenship include the current confusion & lacked of patriotism by people who aren’t real citizens in the first place. Thus it is not so strange to have Malaysians who at one time were the immigrant Suluk Filipinos; and still Filipinos in mind, body and soul, waging war against our King or committed other heinous crimes. Even Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram was confirmed to have been given Malaysian citizenship i.e. technically a Malaysian.

    These sort of people spoil Malaysia’s name & it is Philippines’ fault for flooding us with your unwanted and disowned immigrants…celaka betul.

    • corei3sleek sleek

      Learn from mistake but the good things is, there will be no repeat..

  • corei3sleek sleek

    Now gov have to clean all Kiram’s mess. Not fair to other Pnoys.

  • Pio Pusli

    where is the so called PRINCESS OF SULUH and SABAH? back to work in quiapo, peddling fake pearls?

  • misuari playboy

    Only malaysia can revive the sultanate of sulu. first aksyon, the people of Basilan. Sulu and Tawi-Tawi will have to go the UN and call for a referendum to exit the Philippines and join Malaysia. Do it now.

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