Malaysian diplomat assures Manila over wanted conman

Feb 20, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Malaysia Chronicle

The Malaysian embassy in Manila has assured of its cooperation in the case of Manuel Karingal Amalilio, the investment scam boss wanted by the Philippines, who is also said to be a relative of the Sabah chief minister.

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The more than 100 fully armed Filipinos holed up since Wednesday in a remote coastal town in Sabah were on a mission to press the claim of the Sultanate of Sulu on Sabah, an official of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) said yesterday.
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“They went there because they wanted to go back to their homeland Sabah, which is part of the Sultanate of Sulu,” said Habib Mujahab Hashim, MNLF central committee member and chairman of the Islamic Command Council.
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“However, they were rounded up by the Malaysian security forces because close to 100 of them were armed,” Hashim said, citing reports he received from the field.
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He said there were more than 200 Filipino Muslims involved in the standoff. He stressed the armed men were not detained but were merely invited for questioning.
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He said the group was sent back to Tawi-Tawi “after hours of negotiation.” It was not clear as of press time if the group had indeed left the secluded coastal village of Lahad Datu some 500 kilometers from Kota Kinabalu.
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A ranking military official said MNLF chairman Nur Misuari orchestrated the standoff to attract the attention of the Philippine government and the international community.
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“It has something to do with Misuari’s continuing claim of Sabah being part of the Philippines. Misuari just wants to show off. The MNLF may have forged a peace agreement with the government but Misuari has not given up on his claim of Sabah,” the military official who declined to be named said.
He said the so-called Royal Sultanate Army began to recruit members in the early 2000s.
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“The following years they never gave the Philippine government any problem until this standoff in Sabah. The Royal Sulu Sultanate Army has been behaving well since then, until they went to Lahad Datu and declared they have the right to stay in Sabah,” the source said.
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The source also linked the Sabah standoff to MNLF’s attacks on Abu Sayyaf strongholds in Patikul, Sulu. “It was even what we call in the military an acoustic war as no bodies of the dead turned up but only sounds of weapons being fired,” The STAR source said.
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He said Misuari attempted to seek refuge in Sabah after his men launched attacks in Zamboanga City. “But always the Malaysian government turned him over to the Philippine government,” the source said. “That is why Misuari would always be bitter against Malaysia.”
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Foreign affairs officials said they were informed by Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman yesterday morning of the ongoing negotiations with the armed men, who identified themselves as members of the “royal army” of the Sultanate of Sulu.
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In a press briefing, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said they were still verifying information regarding the standoff. She said that contrary to allegations by Malaysian authorities, the Filipinos were not armed based on information from the Department of National Defense.
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“We are trying to ascertain the facts that are attendant to the story. The Philippine embassy in Malaysia had already dispatched our police attaché to that particular area to see what’s happening and we continue to monitor the situation,” Valte said.
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She also said the Philippine government is ready to extend whatever legal or humanitarian assistance those involved in the standoff might require.
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“As a general rule, it is the duty of the government to help extend assistance to any Filipino abroad, wherever they may be. At this point, however, we would like to ascertain the facts first,” she said.
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It has already been reported that the Sulu people in Lahad Datu were asked to come here on the invitation of a Malaysian Opposition politician :

"A Phillipines millitary officer said millitants in Lahad Datu invited to Sabah by a Malaysian opposition politician to discuss land issues".

You can read more juicy stuff about this at superblog Unspinners here: http://theunspinners.blogspot.com/2013/02/ken...
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Now here is a news report from the Phillipines (The Philippine Star, February 16, 2013) which says that Moro National Liberation Front chairman Nur Muhammad Misuari is behind the intrusion of armed gunmen in Lahad Datu in Sabah. You can click on the link to read the full story.

Sulu sultan’s army stakes Sabah claim

- A ranking military official said MNLF chairman Nur Misuari orchestrated the standoff to attract the attention of the Philippine government
-“Misuari just wants to show off...
-...Misuari has not given up on his claim of Sabah,”
- source linked Sabah standoff to MNLF’s attacks on Abu Sayyaf in Patikul, Sulu.
- Misuari attempted to seek refuge in Sabah after his men launched attacks in Zamboanga City.
-“.. Malaysian government turned him over to the Philippine government,”
-“That is why Misuari would always be bitter against Malaysia.”
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- chairman of the (Phillipine) House committee on national defense and security : Philippine authorities should apprehend the armed men as soon as they return to the country.
- Muntinlupa City Rep. Rodolfo Biazon believed militants were fleeing government security forces in Mindanao.
-“.. our security forces should take the appropriate action against them,” Biazon told The Phillipine STAR.
- He said the so-called Royal Sultanate Army began to recruit members in the early 2000s.
-“they never gave the Philippine government any problem until this standoff in Sabah.
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- The Royal Sulu Sultanate Army has been behaving well until they went to Lahad Datu
- Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus Rodriguez urged the(m) not to start trouble
-“They should not create trouble. They should not give Malaysia the impression that they are rocking the boat in Sabah.
- The Malaysians have been our friends. In fact, they have been helping us resolve the problem of Muslim separatism in the south,” he said.
- Rodriguez, president of the Christian Democratic Party, said Malaysia hosted the series of talks between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front that led to the recent signing in Malacañang of a historic framework agreement for peace in Mindanao.
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- Rodriguez, one of the authors of the Philippine Baselines Law enacted in 2009, said “We have to accept the reality that Malaysia rules Sabah.
- We would have elicited protest from Malaysia against our baselines law had we included Sabah in our territory.
-“The United Nations and the international community have accepted our baselines law,” he added.
- He said only the disputed Spratlys group of islets off Palawan and Panatag (Scarborough) Shoal near Zambales were treated as “regime of islands” that belongs to the Philippines.

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