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5,000 Pinoys displaced by Sabah conflict; P13M in relief allocated

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Evacuees choose to stay with their car at the evacuation center in Embara Budi complex, Felda Sahabat, Sabah. EDWIN BACASMAS/PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Nearly 5,000 persons, almost half of them children, have been displaced by the ongoing conflict in Sabah, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Saturday.

The evacuees have sought shelter in Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi provinces after Malaysian authorities clashed with forces of the Sultan of Sulu, Jamalul Kiram III, who has renewed his family’s claim to Sabah.

In its latest situation report, the NDRRMC said there are 944 displaced families, comprised of 4,983 people—2,903 adults and 2,080 children.

The report said that the Department Social Work and Development (DSWD) has allocated some P13.4-milion worth of food and supplies for the evacuees.

It added the DSWD was anticipating the arrival of more displaced persons from Sabah and has allocated six more schools as “processing centers.”

These are the Mahardika Institute of Technology, Tubig Tanah Elementary School, Tawi-Tawi School of Arts and Trade, Housing Project Elementary School, Panglima Annao Elementary School, and Pahut Elementary School.

One-stop shop

The DSWD also plans to establish a 24/7 one-stop shop processing center in Taganak, Tawi-Tawi, to assist the displaced persons with psychosocial interventions, issuance of legal documents, skills training, livelihood, and shelter assistance, among others. This would be done in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Bureau of Immigration, the NDRRMC report said.

In February, an estimated 200 followers of Kiram, some of them armed, landed in Sabah to revive its long-dormant territorial claim, surprising both the Philippines and Malaysia, which had placed the decades-old issue in the backburner. Clashes ensued.

According to Malaysia, the latest conflict has claimed the lives of more than 60 members of the so-called Royal Sulu Forces (RSF), only nine of them members of its security force.

Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram, who led the RSF when they arrived in Sabah last Feb. 12, remains elusive and his whereabouts are unknown.

Malaysia claims that he has slipped back to Southern Mindanao but Philippine defense and military officials have said there was no information that the crown prince was in the area.

Kiram is the younger brother of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III who has vowed to pursue the sultanate’s claim based on a “historical truth.”


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Tags: Basilan , National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council , NDRRMC , Sabah , Tawi-Tawi

  • misuari playboy

    dear moslem brothers of mindanao and sulu,rise yourselves now to demand a UN referendum that will end the PH colonialism over you and your children.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rene.sarabia.12 Rene Sarabia

      Before you start propagating lies, tell me what religion do the majority of Sabah’s natives, the Kadazans, practice? Oh nooees! Christianity! Therefore, from what you say, two can play at that game.

      O’ Christian brothers of Sabah, rise yourselves now to demand a UN referendum that will end the Malaysian colonialism over you and your children.

      ^_^
      Malayshit hypocrite.

      • misuari playboy

        the majority of sabah are moslem. game over. you lose.

      • John John

        Why keep advocating a UN referendum? I thought for Philippines all UN referendums are an illegal, thieving,squatter land-grabbing scam,used only by imperialist british puppets Malaysia against poor Philippines?
        ^_^
        Filipino hypocrite.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Boycott.Made.N.China Val Sor

    Fine. let’s do everything we can to help our fellow Filipinos in Sabah, and revive our Sabah claim. But let’s not forget our sovereignty over the Spratlys and Panatag is being challenged unanswered every day.

  • dukaponte

    Mahirap na meron tayong President na takot na takot sa Malaysia. Iyon ang napapala natin. Hindi tayo makatayo ng taas noo na ang ginagawa ng malaysia ay labag sa karapatan pantao. Kahit na mali ang ginawa ng mga Kirams, hindi iyon karapatan ng malaysia na yurakan ang mga Pinoys doon. Tao din sila, gaya natin na gusto rin mabuhay at wala naman silang pakialam sa gulo na iyan. Damay lang sila.

  • misuari playboy

    O’ moslem brothers of mindanao and sulu, You have been oppressed for too long under the philippine colonialism rule. It is time to get your independence. Honor above life!

    • http://www.facebook.com/rene.sarabia.12 Rene Sarabia

      Before you start propagating lies, tell me what religion do the majority of Sabah’s natives, the Kadazans, practice? Oh nooees! Christianity! Therefore, from what you say, two can play at that game.

      O’ Christian brothers of Sabah, rise yourselves now to demand a UN referendum that will end the Malaysian colonialism over you and your children.

      ^_^
      Malayshit hypocrite.

      • misuari playboy

        christians are minority in sabah. game over. you lose.

      • John John

        Why keep advocating a UN referendum? I thought for Filipinos all UN referendums are an illegal, thieving,squatter land-grabbing scam,used only by imperialist british puppets Malaysia against poor Philippines?

        ^_^
        Filipino hypocrite.

  • disqusted0fu

    This was partly caused by the mishandling of Pnoy of the situation, it is highly unlikely that the Aquino administration will really help these people out. They seem to be anti poor to begin with. Even the victims of typhoon pablo had to ransack DSWD’s office for them to get their much needed relief goods.

  • misuari playboy

    O’ moslem brothers of the moros and the tausogs, you see philippines colonialism in front of your eyes, you must act on a UN sanctioned referendum and take what belong to you, which is the independent states of mindanao and sulu.

  • terrorist kirams

    whatever…
    KIRAMS = TERRORIST
    pinoy supporting KIRAMS = TERRORIST
    fleeing pinoys = PITY
    go go CHINA!

  • tadokapurpledaisy

    kirat bayaran mo ang gobyerno sa mga naperwisyo mong gunggong ka.

  • Albert Einstien

    ginagastusan talaga ng malaysia ang campaign nila para lang di mabawi ng RP ang SABAH..tulad dito pag me news regarding sabah 300 ang employed komenters nila pansinin nyo .je je..ENGOT kasi ang gobyerno napaka incomptent at walang direksyon at malasakit sa mga citizens….masakit nito pera din natin yong gamit ng malaysia galing sa sabah gas& oil revenues….lol



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