By Nikko Dizon
The new sultan of Sulu and North Borneo, Esmail Kiram II, said over the weekend he would pick up from where his older and recently departed brother left off and pursue the kingdom’s proprietary rights over Sabah.
By Christian V. Esguerra
President Aquino is keeping his cards close to his chest on whether the Philippine government would pursue its claim on Sabah during the remainder of his term.
In February, a group composed of civilians and members of what was called “Royal Security Forces of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo” landed in Tanduo village in Lahad Datu town, Sabah. The leader of the group was Agbimuddin Kiram, younger brother of Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram.
The whereabouts of the 72-year-old Agbimuddin Kiram who led the armed Sulu intrusion into Tanduo village here in February remain a mystery.
A Malaysian police officer met with the elder brother of Agbimuddin Kiram two months before the intrusion of the followers of the sultan of Sulu in February that led to the deaths of more than 70 people.