March 7th, 2013
03:06 AM ET

Philippine clan leader wants truce in Sabah

One of the leaders of a clan from the southern Philippines called for a ceasefire Thursday amid deadly clashes in the Malaysian state of Sabah between armed clan members and Malaysian security forces.

The call for the ceasefire was made at a news conference in Manila by Abraham Idjirani, the spokesman for one of the leaders of the Sultanate of Sulu, a now defunct kingdom in the southern Philippines whose followers arrived in a remote corner of Sabah last month and claimed sovereignty over the area.

After failing to persuade the scores of clan members to leave peacefully, Malaysian security forces launched an offensive using fighter jets and mortar shells on Tuesday. But the clan's leadership said its followers hadn't suffered casualties from the attack.

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  1. miked0808

    Hmm first invade another country, behead their police forces, declare truce, and ask for a perimeter as well as a ship off the coast for resupply? What if the Mexicans did the same in Texas? Truce, talks and UN peacekeepers to keep the invaders from being killed?

    March 7, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pinoyako

    First of all, it was not clear on who fired first or whos at fault. They have the right to defend themselves if attacked. Plus sabah is part of the philippines anyways. Its now time we get it back.

    March 7, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarawak Head Hunter

      Sabah belong to Malaysia and Malaysian army will kill all the sulu terrorists.....

      March 7, 2013 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • ahpek00

      Just another stupid must be that stupid kiram's fanatic..philipine doest even have any right to claim Sabah

      March 8, 2013 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. Johnny

    What is basis of Britain in handing over Sabah to Malaysia? They should have investigated first and gathered all parties if they were not sure who owns it.

    Now that these neighbour countries are in crisis Britain is quiet. Booo!

    March 7, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marj

      The basis? Why, democracy, of course.
      The people of Sabah decided in 2 UN referendums to join Malaysia. Problem?

      March 8, 2013 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      @ Marj,

      Decided or manipulated? Stop living a lie when you know you malaysians sent thousands of your own kind to Sabah just to vote.

      March 11, 2013 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cinzia Sorte

    Malaysia is under attack by guerrillas and granting them a truce only means suicide on our side. What else now? Roll out the red carpet for them for a safe journey back to Sulu? Dream on!!!

    We told these people to go back to wherever they came from and they never did. Now, after they tortured, killed and mutilated our men they want a way out?

    Let me tell you what's OUT. -> It's for them to surrender unconditionally.

    March 7, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey

      What way out? You people don't even have any experience any real war.

      The rightful owners of Sabah is just being kind to give you any hope to survive.

      Oh! and if you are winning, then what's the news blackout for? huh huh? hahaha.. coz the truth is, you are all losing.

      March 11, 2013 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |