PH Navy denies shooting incident in Sabah


MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Navy on Thursday denied a report in a Malaysian news website, saying they shot 35 armed men from Sulu who were trying to enter Sabah.

“Wala, napakatahimik dito (Nothing, it’s very peacefull here),” Captain Renato Yonke of Navy Task Force 62 in Tawi-Tawi told reporters in a phone interview.

“Walang balita…kasipagka-kwan yan. puputok e (There’s no news, because if that is something (big), it would explode),” he added.

He added that they have so far not intercepted armed persons trying to go to Sabah, but evacuees in Sabah have been arriving to Tawi-Tawi.

In a report by Star Malaysia, Defense Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was quoted as saying that 35 “armed Sulu militants” attempting to enter Sabah were shot dead by the Philippines navy and coast guard on Thursday.

The news article said that based on intelligence reports, the group was attempting to enter Sabah “to cause problems during the general election.”

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  • bharzul

    In the events of Phil Navy chance upon 35 heavily armed and battle ready Filiponos will they just forego their sworn duty to disarm them especially during this time of election? what are the risk if they resist? Similarly if the Malaysia Navy chance upon them in an open sea on their way to Sabah, will they just divert their warship of and speed away pretending not seeing them? Either way, both will lead to a fatal armed confrontation. Although I did not quote Jose Taganahan word by words directly, this were my understanding of his comment in Manila Standard News portal and of which I consider as the best view so far…

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