Ex-MILF exec: Sulu sultan being used to scuttle peace process

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KORONADAL CITY, Philippines—Eid Kabalu, a former spokesman for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), believes the Sulu sultan’s insistence on reclaiming Sabah is part of a plot to derail the peace process between the government and the rebel group.

Kabalu cited the fact that Malaysia—which is at the other end of the territorial dispute—is the broker of the peace talks between the government and the MILF.

Speaking with the Inquirer by phone, Kabalu urged a peaceful resolution of the standoff between Malaysian security forces and armed followers of the Sulu sultan holed up in a village in Sabah.

Kabalu said even Nur Misuari, chairman of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), had repeatedly admitted that some of Sultan Jamalul Kiram’s “royal security forces” are members of the MNLF.

Misuari also openly admitted that he resented the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro that the Aquino administration signed with the MILF last October.

Kiram being used

Kabalu said he suspected Kiram was now being used to derail the talks by angering Malaysia.

“Now that the negotiations [are going] well, Kiram’s group is trying to downgrade the framework agreement. Misuari already admitted that some of his men are with Kiram,” he said.

Lawyer Emmanuel Fontanillas, Misuari’s lawyer and MNLF spokesma, told the Inquirer that the sultan of Sulu’s decision had Misuari’s blessing.

“This is the current MNLF position,” he said, adding that Misuari even allowed MNLF men to join the sultan’s group.

MILF peace panel chief Mohagher Iqbal said he believed otherwise.

“Sabah is not part of the (MILF) agenda (in the talks) and it has no serious implication,” he said.

Iqbal also played down Kabalu’s statement that Kiram’s revival of the Sabah claim would anger Malaysia.

“The MILF sees no repercussion,” Iqbal said.

Kabalu said that what Kiram and Kuala Lumpur should do is sit down and talk over the Sabah claim.

“There’s no substitute to peaceful negotiation. Or else this will end up in bloodshed,” Kabalu warned.

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  • goldelguira

    No peace process will not be derailed if both sides will work together with respect and sincerity.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HFDGBGI6RTVYTYN3X6OP2DVX4A droids

    What Kabalu is saying is hard to believe. They have to show first what is written in the final agreement between MILF and the government that is to be signed. Also, what is the MILF position regarding Sabah?

  • $18209031

    MIlf accusation isnt true. I dont think so, it s been 50 yrs of Malaysian thievery  raping the Sulu People of their rightful ownership to Sabah.   50 yrs is enough , in fact more than enough the reason why the Kiram Sulu Sultanate wants it back . The power players of the past who made this trouble are nowhere voicing out bec they were co conspirators . They needed to be held accountable .

    Sulu ARmy has every right to retake Sabah . Until that day cometh, there will be injustice.  May Allah bring resolution to this crisis.

    • Bokya

      The sultanate of Sulu being a regional power centuries ago was rightful ruler of Sabah.  But would the people of Sabah would like to be ruled by them now? 

      • peaceboy quack

        not the point sorry. the issue is the right of the parties claiming sabah as their own, not if the people of sabah wishes to or not to be ruled by anyone in the present dispute. Claims by any state on sovereignty issues has its basis and must be resolved with by the same parties or states who are claiming rights over the same and in this case, the agreement which would evidence ownership or right of the sultanate over sabah. TY

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/M3LQ4MUAU3Z36MIQGIGSOKBCQE Rosauro

    We must know from the GPH negotiating panel wether or not Malaysia is brokering peace between the PH and MILF on condition that the former drops its claim over Sabah. They must come out with a categorical statement about this.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D7SCP6VWAKPLCZHNTIVPQRC6LY Gibo

    “There’s no substitute to peaceful negotiation. Or else this will end up in bloodshed,” Kabalu warned. 
    — I’m with you Mr Kabalu, but the peace process in Mindanao has nothing to do with the move of Sultanate of Sulu to assert their rights in Sabah. — North Cotabato Christian

  • Mamang Pulis

    naturalmente—ang bo-bo mo na lang kung hindi ka magrereklamo kung kayo sa MILF lang ang makikinabang sa haitan—kung kayo kayo nga hindi magkasundo—yun mga tausug pa kaya na iniwana ng over rated na arkitekto ng framework…..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AO6VKORVP6RF3NJ2OW74M3YTXA Jojo

    the issues should be settle or else bloodshed will occur in sabah disputed  claim land…

  • Ronald Tan

    Puppet ng Malaysia yang MILF

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