PH embassy men extend legal aid to 8 Filipinos detained for Sabah incursion


MANILA, Philippines—Filipino embassy officials were able to visit eight alleged followers of the Sultanate of Sulu currently detained in a prison in Sabah after they were charged with terrorism and rebellion in connection with the Feb. 9 incursion there that left over 80 people dead, mostly Filipinos.

The Philippine embassy in Kuala Lumpur said on Sunday its consular team was able to visit the eight at the prison facility in Tawau last March 28.

The team was led by First Secretary and Consul Antonina Mendoza-Oblena and director Renato Villa. They inquired about the conditions of the eight as well as their places of origin and respective families.

The embassy identified the eight who are now facing criminal charges as Atil Hussin Bin Abu Bakar, Basad H. Manuel, Habil Bin Suhaili, Holland Bin Kalbi, Thimhar Hadil Suhaili, Lin Bin Mad Salleh, Kadir Bin Uyung and Lating Bin Tiong.

“It is a standing policy of the Philippine government to provide appropriate consular assistance to nationals in distress, whether or not we agree with their acts of advocacies,” Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Eduardo Malaya said in a statement.

Malaya said the embassy would like to ensure the rights of the eight were respected and they would have legal representation in court sessions set to resume on April 12.

The embassy said the visit of its team was made possible with the help of the Malaysian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Attorney General’s chambers and Tawau prison officials.

It also said that it may be difficult for the embassy to extend consular assistance to Raja Muda Agbimuddin, who led the incursion in Lahad Datu, following revelations about his Malaysian citizenship.

The embassy quoted an interview that Malaysian Defense Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi gave to the media on March 23, confirming the Malaysian citizenship of Agbimuddin who once worked as a civil servant in Sabah.

Agbimuddin worked as an assistant district officer in Kudat under the administration of former Sabah Chief Minister Tun Datu Mustapha Datu Harun.

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  • TrueBlue

    It was reported that some 100++ heavily armed tausug terrorists have sneaked in into Sabah. The malaysian army would have a field day firing their Barret 107 anti tausug rifle snipers. To these tausugs – make sure you have kissed you mommas because you ain’t have chance to do that again.

    • John John

      Agreed,any attempts to reinforce the RSSF will inevitably result in failure,due to the lack of the element of surprise.Malaysia already reinforcing the Sabah garrison in ESSCOM as we speak.

    • PurpleDaisy13

      It was originally reported that 220 unarmed Filipino civilian men, women, and children while 30 armed men went to Sabah to protest.

      Can you give us your source that reported 100++ heavily armed individuals sneaked into Sabah TrueBlue?

      • Sebastian Archer

        It was reported by Philstar yesterday (31st March).

      • PurpleDaisy13

        Philstar: “The more than 100 fully armed Filipinos holed up since Wednesday in a
        remote coastal town in Sabah were on a mission to press the claim of the
        Sultanate of Sulu on Sabah, an official of the Moro National Liberation
        Front (MNLF) said yesterday”

        These accusations didn’t come from Philstar journalists in Lahad Datu, these came from MNLF. Was MNLF the group responsible for the Filipinos that went to Lahad Datu or was it the Sultan of Sulu?

        If it was the Sultan of Sulu, then the MNLF have no credibility in comparison to the actual journalists that were at Lahad Datu who identified only 30 armed men.

      • Sebastian Archer

        Honestly…it was ijdrani who made the statement on the 30th but strangely only PhilStar carried that news yesterday…not even provocative Inquirer have it broadcasted in here.

        The MNLF Chairman Mr Muslim had said ( right after Misuari made a claim that 10,000 Tausugs were then making their way to Sabah) that his organisation had never endorsed such a move or there was no such thing as 10,000 were taking arms.

        In PhilStar yesterday, another person claiming that he was from MNLF saying that 100 armed Tausugs are already in Sabah, joining Aqhimuddin and echoed by Ijdrani saying that Aqhimuddin called him to inform of such development.

        Daisy…I just visited Philstar’s archive on the 30th March…and could no longer find that piece of news.

      • PurpleDaisy13

        Why don’t you just copy and paste his statement here so we can research it for ourselves Sebastian Archer.

        Otherwise, forget it. There was only 30 armed soldiers from the very beginning as originally reported while anything more than that reflects the number of residents in Sabah who took up arms to protect themselves against Malaysian forces.

      • David Millon

        Google it n00b – sultans-army-gets-reinforcements-sabah

      • PurpleDaisy13

        That’s more like it…thanks Phillipeon.

        It says sultanate
        spokesman Abraham Idjirani said “Some 100 heavily armed men have joined the followers of Agbimuddin Kiram
        in Sabah to continue fighting Malaysian forces in Lahad Datu”

        Apparently, they have bypassed Philippine and Malaysian blockade and still made it through as reinforcements to sustain the North Borneo (Sabah) War Zone.

        That’s just a fraction of the 10,000 tausug reinforcements that are planned to join the war.

      • TrueBlue

        The news also appeared in the Manila Times yesterday. Probably the most ludicrous april fool news of the year. Strangely it gets reported in front page of two respected newspaper in the philipines. Worst still the public seems to believe particularly the CBPC’s chief who in person wishes kiram and his men all the best. If such a news made headlines and the follow-up actions by who’s who then this country would forever stucked with the third world non-developing status!

  • Diepor

    Now they are using my tax money for aid to terrorists,tsk tsk.

  • guest1500

    It’s Muslim against Muslim fight between the Sultanate of Sulu followers and Malaysian soldiers.

    • Sebastian Archer

      That is why some people here instigating it to keep on going because they are gaining something from this mess.

  • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

    Since the news will undoubtedly shift to the local elections and the Korean war, it now becomes evident that the kiram issue will die the natural death. Even the Sabah issue will be back to the backburner. What a waste of energy and lives for the royal army. That should be a lesson learned for them. Filipinos never cared for this Sabah claim.

  • Batang Altura

    kung totoo na Malaysian citizen si Igbimudin rebelion nga ang ginawang pamumuno sa pag-lusob sa Sabah at di excursion na sinasabi ng asawa ni Kiram na si Dra. Fatima sinungaling talaga itong mgaKiram na ito, akala mabibilog ang ulo natin..

  • Albert Einstien

    abs 3/06/2013

    ‘PNoy received money from Malaysia’

    David claimed the President received money from Malaysia, which is the reason
    behind his stand on the Sultanate of Sulu’s claim over Sabah.

    “He never wanted [to pursue the claim] in the first place… It is not
    possible for them to take such positions and speak against their own people if
    they are not on the take,” he said.

    When asked what he would do if he is slapped with libel cases due to his
    accusations against Aquino, David said: “I would welcome it provided I will be
    given a day in court.”

    kaya PALA kahit BAGSAKAN ng NAPALM bombs at IHAWIN ang mga filipino
    citizens sa SABAH di makapag-REKLAMO si PNOY….yun ibang pinaparusahan
    kung hampasin at PARUSAHAN natatanggal ang LAMAN kada HAGUPIT ng PAMALO
    .. sumama yung LAMAN sa PAMALO ng mga MALAYSIANS at paulit ULIT na
    pinapalo yun NATANG-GALAN ng laman……nasisilip na yung BUTO sige pa
    rin ang HAMPAS….GRABE…….PNOY mag-PAKATOOO ka …binalatohan nyo na
    ba ang CONGRESO………lol

  • Hellomr

    We don’t do that to helpless people and we gave a chance to depend themselves with square fight….only a terrorist do everything like Malaysian…..

    • Sebastian Archer

      We have given them 3 weeks and 4 expired dead lines to go home peacefully. What else do you expect us to do? Give them a house each?

      • every.thing

        no need. the malaysian police already said the “intruders” were looting houses of furniture and appliances. they’re already building their vacation homes there.

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