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PH, Malaysia agree on repatriation of Filipinos in Sabah

Nov 11, 2016 - 9:54 AM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak also discuss the possibility of a Philippine consular office in Sabah a territory being claimed by the Philippines

TALKS ON SABAH. President Rodrigo Duterte is welcomed by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak at the Prime Minister's Office in Perdana square, Putrajaya, Malaysia on November 10, 2016. Photo by Robinson Ninall/Presidential Photo

Residents out of Sabah exclusion zone

Mar 25, 2013 - 1:30 PM

The armed invasion by Filipinos has exposed deep seated security problems in Sabah

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

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.

3,568 flee Sabah as of March 20

Mar 21, 2013 - 10:49 AM

The total includes 230 who arrived in Taganak part of the Turtle Islands on March 19

108 children arrive in Tawi-Tawi

Mar 20, 2013 - 10:38 AM

Half of the 233 returnees from Sabah who arrived in Tawi Tawi on Tuesday night are children according to the DSWD

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.

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

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

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

DFA to probe abuses against Pinoys in Sabah

Mar 10, 2013 - 5:19 PM

2nd UPDATE Give humane treatment to Filipinos the DFA tells Malaysia while the Sabah police denies the claims

LUCKY TO LEAVE SABAH. A Filipina steps off a boat with a baby in her arms after arriving in Tawi-Tawi on Friday, March 8. Photo by Karlos Manlupig

Sabah refugees arrive in Sulu

Mar 08, 2013 - 1:15 PM

The local DSWD is looking after them

UN urges peaceful end to Sabah standoff

Mar 07, 2013 - 7:32 AM

The UN chief urges parties to facilitate humanitarian assistance and respect human rights

END STANDOFF PEACEFULLY. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefs the world body's General Assembly on 22 Jan. 2013 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

Pinoys in Sabah fear retaliation

Mar 06, 2013 - 10:33 AM

Filipinos in Sabah say their temporary passports are being confiscated

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

Malaysia doubts success of assault

Mar 05, 2013 - 11:04 PM

Malaysia s national police chief raises the possibility that Filipino gunmen might have slipped away

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

Sabah an 'isolated incident' - Team PNoy

Mar 05, 2013 - 4:12 PM

Team PNoy doesn t think the Sabah conflict will hurt its chances in May

'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

Pinoys in Sabah: Afraid, segregated

Mar 05, 2013 - 10:38 AM

Malaysian security agents have been telling Filipinos in Sabah that Kiram s followers are linked to the Abu Sayyaf

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

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

'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