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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Malaysian fighter jets bomb Sabah camp of Sultan's men; Heavy weapon ground attack Launched

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(Updated 11:55 A.M. +8GMT) – Malaysian jets bombed targets in Sabah Tuesday morning and hundreds of troops have moved into areas occupied by followers of Jamalul Kiram III, escalating the violence intended to end the three-week standoff between Kiram's men and Malaysian security forces.

"The latest news is that at 10am just now, Malaysian security forces launched a large-scale operation to defeat the intruders in Lahad Datu," said Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, quoted by Malaysiakini news site as Razak addressed a rally of ulamas and administrators in Bukit Jalil.

"We started with air strike by jet fighters of Royal Malaysian Air Forces, followed by mortar strike and as I'm speaking, the army and police forces, along with other members (of the security forces) following behind, are taking action to arrest and destroy the group which has breached the nation's sovereignty," Razak said.

The operation to take over an area occupied by about 180 Filipinos, dozens of them armed, began at 7 a.m. (2300 GMT Monday), a spokesman for Malaysian Prime Minister said. The government sent seven army battalions to the area in eastern Sabah state on Monday to reinforce the police.

A report on Malaysia's The Star Online said ""gunshots were heard" and fighter jets were seen early Tuesday circling the Felda Sahabat area in Lahad Datu town where followers of a Sulu sultan have been holed up for three weeks.

"Gunshots were heard and fighter jets were seen circling around the Felda Sahabat area. Four (explosions) were also heard in Kampung Tanduo," the report said.

In Manila, Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang said the Philippine government tried everything to prevent such incident "but in the end, Kiram's people chose this path."

Carandang added that Foreign Affairs chief Albert del Rosario is still in Kuala Lumpur discussing the crisis with his Malaysian counterpart.

Heavy weapons

The reported resumption of hostilities came a day after Malaysian forces started bringing in heavy weapons to the site of the three-week standoff.

An earlier report on Malaysia's The Star Online said the Malaysian security forces rolled the heavy equipment to a remote area of the Felda Sahabat plantation in Lahad Datu, and are "poised to attack anytime."

It said the heavy artillery included six military armored personnel carriers (APCs), which were ferried on transporter trucks in Cendawasih town en route to Kampung Tanduo Monday afternoon.

"We are working with the Armed Forces to protect Sabah ... We have to move in a well-planned way," Police Inspector-General Tan Sri Ismail Omar said.

He added police and military officers were finalizing their tactical plans, saying police under him and the military under Armed Forces chief Jen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin are in close coordination.

Ismail also said military personnel are helping police force hunt a group of armed men believed to be followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, spotted at two villages in Kunak last Saturday.

Also, he said police are sharing information with other government agencies to resolve the standoff.

Lahad Datu was the site of a bloody clash between Kiram's followers and Malaysian security forces last Friday. At least 12 Filipinos and two Malaysian commandos were killed in the March 1 encounter when Malaysian security forces tried to tighten a cordon around the armed group.

Following Friday's encounter, another clash occurred Saturday in Semporna, killing six Malaysian policemen and at least six Filipinos, raising concerns the violence was spreading.

Malaysia has pronounced an all-out military solution against followers of Jamalul Kiram III who have defied President Benigno Aquino III's call for them to surrender without conditions.

"After the first attack, I have asserted that the intruders must surrender and if they refuse the authorities of this country will take action," Najib said in a statement.

"The government has to take the right action in order to preserve the pride and sovereignty of this country."

The group, which arrived by boat about three weeks ago, say they are descendants of the sultanate of Sulu in the southern Philippines, which ruled parts of northern Borneo for centuries. They are demanding recognition and an increased payment from Malaysia for their claim as the rightful owners of Sabah.

Malaysia has refused their demands and along with the Philippine government had urged the group to return home.

The violence has sparked a political crisis ahead of elections for both the Philippine and Malaysian governments and raised concerns of instability in resource-rich Sabah state.

Added battalions

The Star Online report quoted Defense Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as saying five more battalions had been sent to Sabah, aside from the two announced earlier.

One battalion each was sent to Sandakan and Tawau, while five were deployed to Lahad Datu. But Zulkifeli said this was more a confidence booster.

Coast Guard, Navy in Palawan join watch vs Kiram followers

In the Philippines, the Philippine Coast Guard and the Navy in Palawan kept watch against possible moves by Kiram's followers to sneak to Sabah.

Naval Forces West head Commodore Joseph Peña and Coast Guard Palawan head Commodore Efren Evangelista are coordinating their watch, radio dzBB's Palawan affiliate James Viernes reported Tuesday.

Sultan leaves hospital for dialysis

Meanwhile, Sultan Kiram and wife Cecilia Fatima left their Taguig City residence early Tuesday for the sultan's dialysis at a Parañaque City hospital, radio dzBB's Mao dela Cruz reported.

The report said the sultan, who undergoes dialysis twice a week, was expected to return home by noon. — (http://bit.ly/WJ7fOI )

With a report from RFTBP/ Reuters/KG/RSJ/HS, GMA News 

16 Responses so far

  1. Anonymous says:

    Kalooban nalang ni Allah kung mabubuhay pa sila sa ganyang sitwasyon.. grabeh Buong Malaysian force andun air and Ground Assault. Maymabubuhay pa kaya sa kanila? pray nalang kayo...

    Yan mga tausug kung pupuna kayo duon, kung pagbabayarin nyo sila dapat.. Politiko ang unahin nyo.. ang naka upo sa gobyerno ang unahin nyo kasi sila ang may kasalanan sa inyo hindi ang ordinaryong mamamayan ng Sabah.

    Pinulitika nila ang Sulu para manalo sa kanilang election. samantalang dito sa atin, angkampo ni Aquino malabo mananalo, galit ang taumbayan sa desisyon nyang kumampi sa malaysia.

    Subalit ang lahat ya kalooban ng Dios na dapat maluwag nating tatanggapin ng hindi labag sa kalooban masakit man o hindi. Wlang makakapag pigil sa tadhana ng isang bansa, lugar or probinsya kung iyong ay kalooban ng lumikha.... kaya just pray and be united..

    If God will create a miracle at manalo sa Assault ng Malaysian force isa lang ang ibig sabihin.. God Want's the Sultanate of Sulu to rise again.... otherwise... gyera ay magpatuloy...


    Di ma afford ni Pinoy na ang Malaysia at Pilipinas mg Gyera na Milyon ang buhay na malalagas kaya sinasakrapisyo nya ang buhay ng hundreds compare sa Millions.

    tanggapin na natin ano man ang tadhana ng mga Kiram na nasa Sabah, iyon ay kaooban ng Dios

  2. Anonymous says:

    See TADHANA NG DIOS NA MAIBALIK ANG SABAH SA PILIPINAS SA SULTUNATE OF SULU..
    E search nyu ngayun sa news...fresh na fresh KATATAWAG LNG NG PRENSIPE NG SULU SA KAPATID NYA KAY PRINCESS KIRAM SA TAGUIG SABI 'FRIENDLY INCCIDENT DAW ANG NANGYARI ' KC YUNG BINOMBA NG HALOS 40 MINUTES AY YUNG DATING KINAROROONAN NG ROYAL ARMY OF SULU ,AT DAHIL NGA SA SAGUPAAN NA NANGYARI NOONG FRIDAY KAYA YUN AY UNDER CONTROL NA NG MALAYSIAN FORCES SO ANG MALAYSIAN FORCES ANG ANDOON NA NGAYUN SA LUGAR NA IYUN AT ANG SABI MALAYU NA RAW SILA DOON NGAYUN ...NASA IBANG KUTA AT LIGTAS .

  3. Anonymous says:

    Kung nakaligtas ang Prinsipe ng Sulu, Praise the Lord..... kahit ako nandito sa Korea, I prayed to God sabi ko "Lord" Alam kung hindi kakayanin ng Tauhan ng Sultan ang dami ng mga Malaysian. Mahalaga ang Buhay nila sana maka escape man lang sila lahatng hindi sila mapahamak..

    Kung dininig ng Dios ang aking Panalangin at ang mga panalangin ng nakararaming pinoy na makaligtas ang prinsipe at mga tauhan nito,..

    thanks God,,,, mas lalo akong maniniwala na lahat ng dasal ko ibinibigay mo talaga lalo nat kasabay ko ang buong sambayanan na nag dasal...

    diringgin ng Dios ang Dasal na may mabubuting hangarin..

    Praise be to god .. halleluyeah.....


    Christian and Muslim must live peacefully and happily... Allah Wakbar... hallyluyeah.. Praise be to God the Almighty Father.... the Son and the Holy Ghost...

  4. Anonymous says:

    Kitang Pulitika? Ginamit nila ang Sultanate of Sulu para hindi matuloy ang Election ng malaysia at hindi mapa alis sa pwesto ang kanilang PM.

    galing din nila ano, kawawa ang ating mga kababayang Tausog pianpatay nila para sa political reason nila para ma unite ang Sabahan to vote the ruling party...

    While coming ang fighter jets, I know may nag patakas sa prince of Sulu at mga tauhan nito para hindi muna ma end ang gulo doon. or Baka maraming sympathizer ang Sultanate of Sulu doon kaya pati pulis secretly kakampi nila.

    Thanks.. confirmed.. walang patay sa fighter jet bombing na ginanap sa Lahad Datu. Thanks God.. walang patay at nasa safe na lugar ngayon ang mga Sulu Royal Army nag papahinga, food, medicine and preparating for the next attack... PERO WAIT.. ANG NAG CONFIRMED MALAYSIAN NEWS LANG HA......


    PANO KUNG PINALABAS NG MALAYSIA NA GANUN PARA HINDI MAS LALONG MAGAGALIT ANG MGA TAUSUG, MAGUINDANAO, BAJAO, SAMAL AT YAKAN?

    pano kung marami palang patay pero mga sabahan civilians?

    pano kung edited ang balita kasi mula sa malaysian mouth piece ang source?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Putchang gobyerno bakla!!! kung inayus lang sana ng gobyerno ung mga legal ways to claim sabah di sana hinde nagkaganito!!!

  6. Anonymous says:


    calling all ofws to contribute to buy anti tank and portable missiles to arm filipino fighters in sabah.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Galing sa both side ang balita sa Phils daily news...ipinahayag ni princess Jacel ang pag tawag ng prinsipe na ligtas daw sila...
    At lately nagLabasan na rin sa Malaysian news ang issue...na ito nga safe ang mga Royal army ng Sulu sa ginanap na air attack ng Malaysian forces.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Si Pnoy pinagalitan pa ang Sultan of Sulu. Kung ang Sultan ng Sulu ganoon na lang i-treat ng Pnoy Administration what more ang mga ordinary OFWs na languishing in jail in Middle East and those being raped, abused and not being paid by their employers.

    Ganyan ang attitude ng Administration na ito, very reckless - tignan mo na lang sabi may Economic growth daw pero walang namang economic growth. Only 40 families are getting richer while tens of millions are languishing in poverty, some are unemployed, underemployed and the PWDs and aged are being discriminated from job opportunities.

    Ano ba Pnoy - ganito ba ang klase ng legacy ng pangalan ng mga magulang ang ibibigay mo sa mga Pilipino.

  9. Anonymous says:

    May economic growth daw pero wala naman employment growth.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Economic growth siguro sa mga naka upo sa GOBYERNO bwahahaha :D

  11. Anonymous says:

    maniwala nmn kayo sa presidente na yan???oh ano pa iboto paba natin yung admin ni pinoy????pra tayo lahat ipa massacre din ng malaysia or china??????isip.isp.

  12. Anonymous says:

    it is DISGRACE IF PINOY WILL NOT DEFEND THE FILIPINO IN SABAH MALAYSIA,,,NO MATTER IT WAS IT IS THE STATE TO DEFFEND ITS PEOPLE...NO MATTER WHAT IT TAKES,IF THEY WERE PROTECTING THE INTEREST OF MILF JUST FOR PEACE WHATE ABOUT SULU, ARENT THEY ARE A FILIPINO MUSLIM?WHICH BELONG THEMSELVES AS FILIPINO`S,,,
    WAR IS WAR WHEN A FILIPINO CITEZEN IS DANGERES HIS LIFE WHEN HE IS PROTECTIBG HIS LAND,,,,

  13. Anonymous says:

    lets split sabah, north n south, north for the philippines n south for malaysia, if malaysia does not agree then lets go for war! lets help our brothers n sabah,

  14. Anonymous says:

    Sabah belongs to the Sultanate of Sulu who is a FILIPINO.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I am a Catholic, sa palagay ko tama ang Sultan of Sulu. Nagtataka lang ako sa mga actions ni Pnoy = iyong tunay na kulay ni Pnoy lumalabas na!

    Si Pnoy walang pagmamahal sa mga Pilipino, disappointed po ako.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Sige magbibigay ako singko duling..

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