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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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600,000 UNDOCUMENTED PINOYS | Malacanang, ARMM task force to meet on new Sabah mass deportation

Officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) working under Task Force Basulta are set to meet with Malacanang counterparts in Zamboanga City next week on the impending deportation of some 600,000 undocumented Filipinos in Sabah.
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At least 28 allies of Sulu Sultan to face trial in Malaysia in September, DFA source says

At least 28 allies of the Sultan of Sulu "who returned to their homeland" early this year--a move that spawned violence and irritated Philippine-Malaysia relations--will start this September, a source at Manila's foreign affairs department said.

PAOCC nabs 2 suspected human traffickers, rescues 130 potential victims

Operatives of the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Commission (PAOCC) arrested two suspected human traffickers and rescued 130 would-be victims in two separate operations in Zamboanga City on Wednesday.
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BETWEEN THE LINES | Sulu Sultanate reads PNoy June 12 speech as signal of modus vivendi on Sabah

While President Benigno Aquino III had fighting words directed at China on the raging dispute in the West Philippine Sea, his June 12 speech apparently hinted at a compromise with Malaysia over Sabah, according to Abraham Idjirani, the spokesman of the Sulu Sultanate.
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LOSING GROUND | How PH has handled Sabah, West Philippine Sea disputes over the years

There is a pattern in how the Philippines has handled its territorial disputes, both in Sabah and the West Philippine Sea. Here, historian and security expert Jose Antonio Custodio details that pattern and prescribes a solution to break out of the pattern.

Victory of Malaysia's ruling coalition may result in renewed crackdown against Sulu sultanate

The Sulu sultanate expressed concern that the victory of Malaysia's ruling coalition led by Najib Razak will result in the renewed crackdown on the Royal Sultanate Force occupying Lahad Datu, Sabah.
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ANALYSIS | In terms of impact, a Najib or Anwar win spells more or less the same for PH

The Philippines would 'not be worse off' with a regime change in Malaysia, a DFA official said Sunday. And, alluding to reports Filipinos in Sabah and Sarawak were among those tapped as 'flying voters,' the source said this was possible, but not in big numbers.

Malaysia frees 32 Filipinos held over incursion

KUALA LUMPUR— Malaysian police said they had released 32 armed Filipinos arrested earlier this week on suspicion of trying to join an incursion by Islamic militants in an eastern state, media reports said Friday.

SC junks petition to compel Malacanang to claim Sabah at ICJ

The Supreme Court Thursday dismissed the petition asking the SC to compel Malacanang to push its claim to North Borneo (Sabah) before the International Court of Justice.

Why only now? Sultanate asks Nur on claim of Sabah ownership

The sultanate of Sulu Wednesday brushed off claims made by Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari that his tribe was the 'real owner' of Sabah, but said they have no ill feelings toward their Muslim brother.
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EXCLUSIVE | Misuari stakes family's claim to Sabah

In a new twist rendering more bizarre the Sabah standoff, MNLF founding chairman Nur Misuari said his clan is the 'real owner' of the resource-rich territory and this is why he decided to 'rescue' the Filipinos being abused by Malaysian forces and to 'reclaim the land.'

LP bets nabbed in Sabah released - DFA

(UPDATE 2 - 5:17 p.m.) The 32 Liberal Party members from Tawi-Tawi who were arrested off Sabah and detained by Malaysian authorities have been released, Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Raul Hernandez said late Wednesday afternoon.

Sulu Governor: No MNLF rescue mission for Filipinos in Sabah

Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan dismissed the report that fighters of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) under founding chairman Nur Misuari were preparing a rescue mission for Filipinos in Sabah.
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EXCLUSIVE | MNLF 'training camp' preps 'rescue ops' for Filipinos in Sabah

In a camp set up by the Moro National Liberation Camp in this part of Southern Philippines, thousands of recruits are being trained by veteran combat fighters 'to rescue' thousands of Filipinos allegedly being abused by Malaysian security forces in Sabah.
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With 'reinforcements,' Sultanate force in Sabah now at 400 – Idjirani

Members of the Royal Security Force of the Sulu sultanate who remain holed up in Lahad Datu, Sabah despite continuous Malaysian assault have received additional reinforcements from sympathizers in the Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi areas.
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740 evacuees from Sabah seek refuge on Palawan island

UPDATE 11:45PM-Hundreds of Filipinos who fled from Sabah have sought shelter on Mangsee Island, off the southernmost Palawan town of Balabac, the Navy said Friday.

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