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Malaysia grants PH access to detainees

Mar 22, 2013 - 3:22 PM

The Philippines has been making this request for 3 weeks now

EXCLUSION ZONE. The whole east coast of Sabah is now heavily militarized after the incursion led by the sultan's brother.

Sabah claimant: I was paid

Mar 22, 2013 - 1:05 PM

Malaysia names 8 Filipinos charged over the dispute

SABAH CRISIS. This picture taken on March 8, 2013 shows Malaysian soldiers moving in toward where Filipino gunmen are locked down in a stand off in the surrounding villages of Tanduo in Sabah.AFP PHOTO / Malaysia Ministry of Defence

Agbimuddin in PH, Malaysia insists

Mar 21, 2013 - 8:17 PM

Malaysia insists that the Sabah standoff leader is now hiding in the Philippines where no one has seen him

IN PH OR MALAYSIA? Malaysia claims that the Sabah standoff leader is now hiding in the Philippines, where no one has seen him. Graphic by Teddy Pavon

US will stay out of Sabah issue

Mar 21, 2013 - 2:28 PM

Washington will not respond to the Sulu sultan s request for protection under a 1915 agreement the US ambassador says

SABAH NOT OUR PROBLEM. US ambassador Harry Thomas (center) takes questions from the media during the annual Kapihan sa Embahada informal chat with defense reporters. Photo by Carlos Santamaria

8 Pinoys charged over Sabah standoff

Mar 20, 2013 - 4:35 PM

UPDATED The suspects could be executed if found guilty under Malaysian law

SABAH CRISIS. This picture taken on March 8, 2013 shows Malaysian soldiers moving in toward where Filipino gunmen are locked down in a stand off in the surrounding villages of Tanduo in Sabah.AFP PHOTO / Malaysia Ministry of Defence

Standoff leader a Malaysian citizen?

Mar 20, 2013 - 2:02 PM

Agbimuddin Kiram is a Malaysian civil servant since the 1980s according to a Malaysian newspaper

PINOY OR MALAYSIAN? Agbimuddin Kiram's citizenship is not clear. Graphic by Teddy Pavon

ASEAN will stay out of Sabah dispute

Mar 19, 2013 - 7:53 PM

Most of ASEAN considers this a bilateral issue says former ASEAN Secretary General Rodolfo Severino

UNRESOLVED ISSUE. Malaysia joined Asean alongside the Philippines in 1963 with Sabah as part of its territory recognized by fellow members of the regional bloc. Graphic by Matt Hebrona

Kirams ask DFA for legal help in Sabah

Mar 18, 2013 - 9:36 PM

With or without that request the government wants to give legal assistance to all detained Filipinos in Sabah the DFA says

EXCLUSION ZONE. The whole east coast of Sabah is now heavily militarized after the incursion led by the sultan's brother.

Kiram followers to be buried in Sabah

Mar 18, 2013 - 11:27 AM

The bodies of the Filipino militants will be buried in Sabah after they were not reclaimed for 3 days

DEADLINE OVER. Sabah police commissioner Hamza Taib in a screen grab from the Malaysian Royal Police channel on YouTube

Kiram relatives nabbed in Sabah

Mar 17, 2013 - 10:52 PM

The so called mopping up operations continue against 50 remaining gunmen according to Malaysian police

SULU 'RULER.' Sultan Jamalul Kiram III says his followers have a right to remain in Sabah because his sultanate still had sovereignty over the Malaysian state. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS

Aquino calls for talks on Sabah

Mar 17, 2013 - 4:26 PM

We need sincere and deep discussion if we are to arrive at a correct solution Aquino told graduating military cadets

TALKS ON SABAH. President Benigno Aquino III attends the Philippine Military Academy Class of 2013 graduation ceremony in Baguio on Sunday, March 17, 2013. Photo by Rodolfo Manabat / Malacañang Photo Bureau

Standoff 'wake-up call' for Malaysia - PM

Mar 13, 2013 - 4:05 PM

Securing the porous border of eastern Sabah is a huge challenge for Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak says

WAKE-UP CALL. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak visited Lahud Datu to inspect the security operations against Kiram's men. Photo from Najib's account on Instragram

PH has no access to Sabah detainees

Mar 13, 2013 - 3:53 PM

Malaysia continues to ignore a Philippine request for Filipino officials to be able to visit detainees

SABAH LOCKDOWN. An armed Malaysian policemen mans a security checkpoint in Lahad Datu on March 6, 2013. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN

Navy arrests gunmen on way to Sabah

Mar 13, 2013 - 3:16 PM

The group of 34 men and one woman carried firearms and ammunition

SENT BACK. Philippine authorities are doing their best to prevent uproots of the Sulu sultan from going to reach Sabah by boat from Tawi-Tawi. Graphic by Teddy Pavon

4 dead in Sabah clash

Mar 12, 2013 - 7:28 PM

3 Filipino gunmen and a Malaysian soldier died in a fresh shootout in Sabah the Malaysian military said

SIEGE IN SABAH. This picture taken on March 8, 2013 shows Malaysian soldiers moving in toward where Filipino gunmen are locked down in a stand off in the surrounding villages of Tanduao in Sabah. AFP PHOTO / Malaysia Ministry of Defense

PH humanitarian teams finally in Sabah

Mar 12, 2013 - 5:23 PM

UPDATED Two teams are providing assistance to Filipinos in Lahad Datu and Semporna Tawau the DFA says

THEY NEED HELP. Residents of Tanjung Labian leave their village near where Filipino gunmen were locked down in a stand off in the surrounding villages of Tanduo in Sabah on March 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN

Sulu envoy to talk peace with Malaysia?

Mar 11, 2013 - 6:05 PM

Let s together resolve this issue as soon as possible the brother of the Sulu sultan tells Malaysia

SULU ENVOY. Esmail Kiram III, brother of both the Sulu sultan and the Sabah standoff leader, wants to travel to Malaysia to discuss how to end the crisis. Photo by Jerald Uy

Sabah village 'cleared' of gunmen - police

Mar 11, 2013 - 3:35 PM

Security forces are now focused on fighting invaders in other areas the Sabah police commissioner says

GUNMEN CLEARED OUT. Sabah police commissioner Hamza Taib in a screen grab from the Malaysian Royal Police channel on YouTube

Raja Muda escapes arrest in Sabah

Mar 11, 2013 - 11:19 AM

The leader of the Sabah standoff slipped away during a raid on a small village in Semporna

This picture taken on March 8, 2013 shows Malaysian soldiers moving in toward where Filipino gunmen are locked down in a stand off in the surrounding villages of Tanduao in Sabah. AFP PHOTO / Malaysia Ministry of Defense

Sabah will remain part of Malaysia - PM

Mar 07, 2013 - 10:18 PM

Sabah will continue to be a state within Malaysia Najib Razak said

ON SITE. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak visited Lahud Datu to inspect the security operations against Kiram's men. Photo from Najib's account on Instragram

60 dead in standoff - Malaysian police

Mar 07, 2013 - 6:36 PM

UPDATED The number includes 52 Filipinos while Malaysian security forces are still hunting down the rest of the sultan s men

FILIPINOS DEAD. This handout picture from Malaysia's Ministry of Defence taken on March 6, 2013 purportedly shows a dead gunmen from the Philippines on the ground after clashes in the village of Tanduo in Sabah. AFP PHOTO / Malaysia Ministry of Defence

Kiram refused PH, Malaysia deal

Mar 06, 2013 - 8:45 AM

The sultan turned down a deal for his men to go free if they agreed to stand down peacefully according to the Philippine government

DEFIANT SULTAN. Jamalul Kiram III turned down the offer of the Philippine and Malaysian governments to stand down in exchange for his men not to face charges

Sabah gunmen to face murder charges?

Mar 05, 2013 - 5:12 PM

If they have broken the laws of Malaysia they should be charged for whatever crime they have committed certainly murder a government official says

MURDER CHARGES? Malaysian minister for parliamentary affairs Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz. Photo from the Malaysian government's official website

Malaysia mum on PH requests, says DFA

Mar 05, 2013 - 4:42 PM

The Philippines insists on giving medical and consular assistance to Filipinos affected by the standoff

MEETING IN KUALA LUMPUR. Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert  del Rosario meets (L) meets with Malaysian foreign minister Anifah Aman  (R) in Kuala Lumpur on Monday, March 4. Photo courtesy of DFA

'Sulu army' defeated - report

Mar 05, 2013 - 1:40 PM

The Sulu armed group was totally routed by [the] Malaysian security forces overwhelming firepower local media reported

OPERATION SUCCESFUL? An army helicopter flies in Cenderawasih near the area where the stand-off with Filipino Sulu gunmen and Malaysian security forces was taking place in Tanduao village on March 5, 2013. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN

No casualties yet in new Sabah crackdown

Mar 05, 2013 - 12:30 PM

The air and ground assault is ongoing against the Filipino terrorists Malaysian security forces say

AIR, GROUND ASSAULT. A Malaysian soldier secures the area as Malaysia's Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (not pictured) visits in Lahad Datu, near the location where suspected Philippine militants are holding off on March 4, 2013. AFP PHOTO

'God will help us' - Raja Muda

Mar 05, 2013 - 11:09 AM

The all out offensive using air and ground assets by the Malaysian military had caused Raja Muda s group to scatter

HISTORICAL CLAIM. Sabah was ruled by the Sulu sultanate until 1870, when it agreed to lease the territory to the British for a yearly fee. Graphic by Matt Hebrona

Malaysia has own conspiracy theory

Mar 04, 2013 - 6:32 PM

Media reports say a Malaysian opposition politician invited the gunmen to Sabah

CONSPIRACY THEORY. Malaysian PM Najib Razik (L) wants to investigate if opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (R) 'invited' the followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III (C) to cross over to Sabah. Graphic by Bobert Elyas

Sabah: Malaysia's 'Wild East'

Mar 04, 2013 - 5:40 PM

The Sulu sultanate once controlled the Sulu islands in the Muslim southern Philippines and part of Borneo including Sabah

HISTORICAL CLAIM. Sabah was ruled by the Sulu sultanate until 1870, when it agreed to lease the territory to the British for a yearly fee. Graphic by Matt Hebrona

PH to Malaysia: 'Maximum tolerance'

Mar 04, 2013 - 3:34 PM

Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario will travel to Kuala Lumpur to push for the visit of a humanitarian mission to Sabah

SULU RULER. Sultan Jamalul Kiram III told reporters on Friday, February 22 in the Taguig Blue Mosque that followers had a right to remain in Sabah because his sultanate still had sovereignty over the Malaysian state. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS

Don't believe 'rumors' - Malaysian PM

Mar 03, 2013 - 10:18 PM

Rumors are unfounded and not based on the actual situation says the Malaysian prime minister

AQUINO ALLY. Najib met President Benigno Aquino III when the Malaysian leader made his first official visit to the Philippines to witness the signing of the Framework Agreement between the government and the MILF facilitated by Malaysia on October 15, 2012. Photo by Benhur Arcayan / Malacañang Photo Bureau

PH wants access to Sabah standoff victims

Mar 03, 2013 - 4:29 PM

The government wants access to detained and injured Filipinos

DEADLY STANDOFF. Malaysian police (R) and an army truck drive past each other in Lahad Datu on the Malaysian island of Borneo on March 3, 2013. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN

Sultan infuriates PH, Malaysia

Feb 28, 2013 - 4:35 PM

Jamalul Kiram III emerged from political obscurity after his armed followers sailed to neighbouring Malaysia to stake an ancestral territorial claim

DEFIANT SULTAN. Jamalul Kiram III is challenging both the Philippine government and the Malaysian security forces in Sabah

Standoff leader won't back down

Feb 28, 2013 - 12:59 PM

The brother of the sultan says they have enough manpower and weapons to defend themselves from an attack

RULERS OF SULU. Sulu Royal Family official seal from the Sulu royal household's official website

PH asks to extend deadline in Sabah

Feb 27, 2013 - 5:18 PM

UPDATED The government wants to give the Sulu Sultan a few more days to study the message sent to him by President Aquino

CRISIS IN SABAH. President Benigno Aquino III warned Sulu Sultan Jumalal Kiram III of the consequences of continuing the standoff in Sabah, but the elderly Muslim ruler remains defiant

Sabah standoff puts OFWs at risk

Feb 27, 2013 - 2:43 PM

The crisis must be resolved peacefully so the 800 000 OFWs in Sabah will not be in danger of losing their jobs says Interior Secretary Mar Roxas

FILIPINOS IN SABAH. A villager lets his cocks fight in Tanjung Labian in the area where the suspected Philippine militants are holding off near Lahad Datu on the Malaysian island of Borneo, on February 17, 2013. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN

Sultan wants talks with Aquino

Feb 26, 2013 - 2:59 PM

UPDATED We have not committed a crime says Sultan Jamalul Kiram III

SULU RULER. Sultan Jamalul Kiram III addressed the media through his spokesman in his residence in Taguig. Photo by Carlos Santamaria

Sultan's cousin arrested in Sabah

Feb 25, 2013 - 7:10 PM

The sultan s cousin is not part of the Lahud Datu group and is a Malaysian citizen

SULU RULER. Sultan Jamalul Kiram III told reporters on Friday, February 22 in the Taguig Blue Mosque that followers had a right to remain in Sabah because his sultanate still had sovereignty over the Malaysian state. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS

Sultan to U.S: Protect us in Sabah

Feb 25, 2013 - 11:42 AM

The US has a historical obligation to us says the Sulu sultan s spokesman

SULU RULER. Sultan Jamalul Kiram III told reporters on Friday, February 22 in the Taguig Blue Mosque that followers had a right to remain in Sabah because his sultanate still had sovereignty over the Malaysian state. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELIS

'Clock ticking' for Filipinos in Sabah

Feb 24, 2013 - 6:02 PM

UPDATED The deadline for the Filipinos to leave Sabah expires on Sunday

FILIPINOS IN SABAH. A villager lets his cocks fight in Tanjung Labian in the area where the suspected Philippine militants are holding off near Lahad Datu on the Malaysian island of Borneo, on February 17, 2013. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN

'No need for UN intervention in Sabah'

Feb 23, 2013 - 5:40 PM

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte says the situation on the ground indicates all parties are open to resolving the issue peacefully

LEGAL REVIEW. DOJ will study the claims of the Sultanate of Sulu over Sabah.

PH seeks extension for Sabah claimants

Feb 22, 2013 - 6:58 PM

Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram refuses to ask his followers to leave

LEGAL REVIEW. DOJ will study the claims of the Sultanate of Sulu over Sabah.

Del Rosario: No Sabah claim for now

Feb 21, 2013 - 11:23 PM

We are not at the time of discussing the claim the DFA chief says

NO SABAH CLAIM NOW. Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario agreed with President Benigno Aquino III in saying that the historical claim over Sabah is not a priority for now. Photo by Carlos Santamaria

Standoff not way to claim Sabah - Aquino

Feb 21, 2013 - 2:27 PM

President Aquino says Going them with weapons is not the way to resolve this