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PHL embassy in Malaysia warns Filipinos using backdoors as entry point

The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday warned Filipinos about exiting the country through Western Mindanao and then Sabah in pursuit of jobs overseas, after a number of them were held by Malaysian authorities.
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Life terms for 9 Filipinos over 2013 Sabah standoff

A Malaysian court sentenced nine Filipinos to life in prison on Tuesday over an armed incursion in 2013 that left scores dead and paralysed a remote corner of Borneo for weeks, a defence lawyer said.

Nine Filipino militants may face death in Malaysia for 2013 siege of Sabah: lawyer

A Malaysian court has convicted three locals and 14 Filipinos of terror-related offenses, some punishable by death, following an armed incursion that left scores dead and paralyzed a remote corner of Borneo for weeks in 2013, a lawyer said Monday.

3 Indonesians kidnapped off Malaysia: police

Three Indonesians have been kidnapped by armed men off an area in Malaysia, police said Sunday, where militants from the Abu Sayyaf group have been blamed for repeated kidnappings.

Women's group to Malaysia: Re-open border between Sabah and Sulu archipelago

Malaysia has closed the borders with Sulu archipelago, resulting in the rise of food prices in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi, prompting a women's group to ask the Malaysian government to immediately reopen its borders in Sabah to travelers and commercial traders from the southern Philippines.

4 Indonesian sailors kidnapped, 1 killed in seas between Tawi-Tawi, Sabah - report

(UPDATE - 12:07 p.m.) Gunmen believed to be members of the Abu Sayyaf kidnapped four Indonesian sailors and killed another on the high seas between Sitangkai, Tawi-Tawi and Lahad Datu in Sabah, Malaysia on Friday.
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Malaysia closes Sabah border to ARMM in protest over kidnappings

The Malaysian government has closed its Sabah border to the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) in protest over the recent kidnapping of Malaysian nationals by the extremist Abu Sayyaf Group operating between the waters of Sabah and ARMM island-provinces in southern Philippines.
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Gunmen kidnap Malaysian ship crew near 'Abu Sayyaf' waters

Gunmen reportedly kidnap four Malaysians Saturday from a ship off the east coast of Sabah state in waters where Abu Sayyaf militants are known to operate.
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PHL gov't-MILF peace process has bearing on Sabah's security, says Malaysian defense minister

The security situation in Sabah depends, in a way, on the success of the peace process between the Philippine government and Filipino secessionist group, Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
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VP Binay’s vow to claim Sabah angers Malaysia

Malaysia summoned the Manila envoy in Kuala Lumpur over comments made by the Philippines’ presidential frontrunner to pursue a claim over the state of Sabah, the Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs said Thursday.

Sultan Esmail Kiram succumbs to kidney failure, successor named

Sultan of Sulu Esmail Kiram II, who staged a "return to homeland" to Sabah in February 2013, has died of kidney failure, and his younger brother, Datu Rajah Mudah Phugdal Kiram, has been named successor, the Sultanate's spokesman Abraham Idjirani announced Sunday.

PH seeks pardon for Filipino couple sentenced to death for drug trafficking in Sabah

The Philippine government has continued to ask for pardon for the Filipino couple sentenced to death for drug trafficking in Sabah in 2006.

Four Filipino climbers safe after Sabah quake

The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur announces that four Filipino climbers were able to reach Kinabalu Park base camp safely before dark Friday after the 6.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Sabah.

Sabah quake kills 11 on Mt Kinabalu; 8 still missing as 137 stranded climbers rescued

(UPDATE - 1:18 p.m.) The strong earthquake that jolted Malaysia's Mount Kinabalu left at least 11 people dead and another eight missing on Southeast Asia's highest peak, a government official said Saturday.

Strong magnitude 6 quake strikes Sabah

A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake rocked the district of Sabah on Malaysia's Borneo island early Friday, US geologists said, but there were no initial reports of damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

Bulacan-based trafficking ring smashed after 2 minors rescued in Sabah

A human trafficking syndicate based in Bulacan province was broken up after the rescue of two victims, both minors, in Sabah, Malaysia led to the arrest of three suspects in follow-up operations, the Presidential Anti-Organize Crime Commission said.

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.

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