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De Lima blasted for 'veiled threat' vs VERA Files for note verbale story

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima came under fire Wednesday from an international law expert for an alleged 'veiled threat' against VERA Files for its report on the Philippines' reported offer to water down its claim to Sabah in exchange for Malaysia's support for the country's case against China.

DOJ: Nothing in note verbale suggests giving up Sabah claim

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said she read a copy posted on the web site of Vera Files and did not find a hint about backing off from the claim.

VERA Files replies to govt: It's in people's interest to know about Note Verbale to Malaysia

Investigative journalists' team VERA Files has appealed to the government to stop misleading Filipinos on the implications of its recent Note Verbale to Malaysia, offering a review of its 2009 protest against Kuala Lumpur's submission to a UN body that impinged on the Philippines' Sabah claim.
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Philippines denies Sabah trade-off with Malaysia

The Philippine government on Monday belied reports that it has proposed to drop its claim on Sabah in exchange for Malaysia's support on its arbitration case against China.
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PH offers to dilute claim to Sabah to win Malaysia's support in UN case vs China

In exchange for Malaysia's support for its case against China before the United Nations, the Philippines has offered to reconsider a 2009 protest against Malaysia - a move that an expert says effectively downgrades its claim on Sabah.

3 Filipino teenagers killed during immigration operations in Sabah - PH embassy in Malaysia

Three Filipino youths were killed during immigration operations by the Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCOM) against undocumented individuals at the Lahad Datu public market last Saturday, March 21, the Philippine embassy in Malaysia said in a statement Monday.

Police source: ASG abducts Frenchman in Sabah

A police intelligence source says the Abu Sayyaf Group is believed to have kidnapped a Frenchman in Sabah, Malaysia and possibly taken the hostage to one of the isles in the Tawi-Tawi islands group.

Dusk-to-dawn curfew off Sabah's East coast extended until further notice

The 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew covering the waters off six districts in Sabah's east coast, implemented to check attacks by foreign gunmen, has been extended until further notice from Sunday, Eastern Sabah Security Command (ESSCom) commander Datuk Abdul Rashid Harun said.
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DFA warns Pinoys plying Sabah waters of Malaysian dusk-to-dawn curfew

The Department of Foreign Affairs has cautioned Filipinos plying the waters off Sabah of a dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed by Malaysian authorities over six districts on the territory’s east coast 'as part of efforts to strengthen security measures in these areas.'

DFA confirms abduction of Filipino in Sabah

The Department of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday confirmed that a Filipino was abducted by unidentified armed men, along with a Malaysian national, off Malaysian-controlled Sabah this week.

Gunmen kidnap Pinoy, Malaysian off Borneo coast

The Malaysian citizen and a Filipino employee, identified as Maslan, were abducted from a fish farm off the small coastal town of Kunak in Sabah, in northern Borneo.

Sabah police holding rescued Filipina so she can shed light on kidnapping

Malaysian police are still detaining the Filipina who was rescued from the band of kidnappers in Jolo Island, in Southern Philippines last Friday, to assist in investigations, said Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib.
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Malaysia clears abducted Filipina of involvement in Sabah kidnapping

The Filipina resort staff, who was abducted along with a Chinese tourist by suspected Filipino Muslim extremists off Sabah in April, was cleared by Malaysian authorities of suspected involvement in the kidnapping, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Monday.

Freed Filipino resort worker in Sabah handed over to PH Embassy, flying home soon

Marcy Dayawan, the Filipino receptionist at the Singamata Resorts off Semporna in Sabah who was abducted with Chinese tourist Gao Hua Yun, has been turned over to Philippine Embassy officials, and is expected to return to the Philippines shortly.

Kidnapped Chinese, Filipino rescued in Malaysia

A Chinese tourist and a Filipino worker have been rescued nearly two months after they were abducted from a Malaysian dive resort, Prime Minister Najib Razak said.

Chinese worker kidnapped in Borneo

A Chinese national has been seized in Malaysia's Borneo island by Filipino gunmen, a security official said Tuesday in the wake of tension between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing over missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
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Mindanao units on alert for kidnappers from Sabah resort; ASG tagged as culprits

UPDATE 7:03PM- Members of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) may be behind the kidnapping of a Filipina resort worker and a female Chinese tourist in Semporna, Sabah, Malacanang said Friday, as the Western Mindanao Command went on alert for their possible landing attempt in the South.
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Pinay worker, Chinese tourist kidnapped from Sabah resort

(UPDATE2 - 4:07 p.m.) The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed earlier reports that armed men abducted two women, a Chinese tourist and a Philippine hotel worker, from a diving resort in Malaysia's eastern state of Sabah.

Palace assures ARMM workers they will be considered in drafting of Bangsamoro Law

The welfare of government employees in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will be considered in the drafting of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, Malacanang said Saturday.

More deportees from Sabah arrive in Tawi-Tawi

More deportees from Sabah, Malaysia arrived in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi Thursday night, bringing the total sent home thus far to 6,149, all residents of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

PHOTO | Sabah evacuees arriving by boat

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao said it will prioritize the documentation of 6,149 Filipinos deported from Sabah.

122 new deportees from Sabah to ARMM bring number of displaced to 6,149

The latest batch of deportees from Sabah, numbering to 122 individuals, arrived at the port of Bongao, Tawi-tawi, on Tuesday night, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao- Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team (ARMM-HEART) reported.
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President Aquino on State Visit to Malaysia Feb. 27-28

President Benigno S. Aquino III will undertake a State Visit to Malaysia on February 27-28 upon the invitation of Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.
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Trial of 27 Filipinos for Sabah siege starts on eve of KL crackdown on foreign workers

The trial of 27 Filipinos who allegedly took part in the siege of Sabah in early 2013 as members of the Sulu Sultanate's Royal Army has begun, and the Department of Foreign Affairs gave assurances it has provided them with 'topnotch lawyers.'
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DFA: no comment on sultanate's plan to bring Sabah case to ICJ pending study results

Pending the results of a Palace-directed study on the Philippines’ Sabah claim, the DFA on Monday declined comment on the reported plan of the newly installed Sultanate of Sulu to file a case before the International Court of Justice to seek a peaceful resolution on the oil-rich territory.


On February 12, the Royal Sulu Sultanate Army, composed of around 400 followers of Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram III, landed on Lahad Datu, Sabah, to reclaim the latter from Malaysia as their homeland.

PH Marines recover Taiwanese woman in Sulu after her abduction in Sabah

A Taiwanese woman, who was abducted on November 15 by armed men in Sabah, Malaysia, was recovered by elements of the Philippine Marines and Philippine National Police in Talipao, Sulu on Friday, said Captain Ryan Lacuesta, Civil Military Operations Officer of the 2nd Marine Brigade.
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Malaysia blames Abu Sayyaf for killing, abduction of 2 tourists

Malaysian police said on Saturday an Al-Qaeda linked terror group from the Philippines was believed to be behind the killing of a Taiwanese tourist and the kidnapping of his wife.
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Of PH's four Sabah claim options, 'most realistic' is to seek rent hike from Malaysia

The Philippines is considering four options to peacefully settle its territorial dispute with Malaysia regarding its Sabah claim, President Benigno Aquino III said in an interview aired over state-run Radyo ng Bayan on Monday.
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Gov't reviews tourism target after earthquake, tensions with Malaysia, Taiwan

The Department of Tourism is reviewing its foreign tourist arrivals target for 2013 after a series of political tensions with Taiwan and Malaysia, as well as the recent earthquake in Visayas.

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