Sulu sultan one of Palace VIP guests at signing of peace deal

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When the government signed a preliminary peace deal with Moro rebels in October last year, it didn’t expect that one of the guests in Malacañang would cause an international crisis and deprive President Aquino of sleep.

Sultan Jamalul Kiram III was one of hundreds of guests who crammed a hall in the Palace to witness the signing of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro on Oct. 15, 2012, Malacañang said on Wednesday.

Little did Malacañang know that Jamalul, one of the heirs of the sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo, was feeling left out of the agreement and would order a group of his followers to Sabah to occupy the territory in an attempt to press his clan’s claim to the land.

No ringside seat?

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda told a press briefing Wednesday that Jamalul could not complain about not being given a good seat in Malacañang because he, too, had no seat.

“It was such a historic event. People just wanted to come in. There were so many important people there. Even the ambassadors were not seated. There was not a section devoted to the diplomatic [corps]. Everybody present sat with one another,” he said.

“The atmosphere was one of hope and one of optimism. It was unfortunate that he’s complaining only now. But the fact that he was invited … we recognized the fact out of the millions of Muslims in Mindanao, he was invited to come to the Palace. That should be an acknowledgment of the recognition of the traditional leadership in [the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao],” he said.

Contrary to Jamalul’s claim that the sultanate was left out of the talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the government panel met with him before the agreement was signed, Lacierda said.

“In the discussions on the peace process, the panel met with Sultan Jamalul Kiram. In fact, they were consulted. That’s the reason why if you look at the Bangsamoro framework agreement, there is a provision there, there’s respect for customary laws, traditional leaders,” he said.

The claim to Sabah was not tackled during the consultations “primarily because they recognized the peace process involved,” he added.

Staying up late

Stumping in Cagayan de Oro City for his administration’s senatorial candidates on Tuesday, President Aquino admitted staying up till 3 a.m. that day to write his televised appeal to Jamalul to order his followers to leave Sabah or face charges in court.

“Last night we prepared the statement about the Sabah incident. That lasted until 1:30 a.m. After that, Gov. [Mujiv] Hataman reported the outcome of his talks with the Kirams, and that was around 2 a.m. Everything was finished by 3 a.m. I got up from bed at 7 a.m. to deliver the statement, and then we flew here,” he told a large crowd in the Don Gregorio Pelaez Sports Complex.

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  • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

    Pati ba naman hindi pagkakaupo sa isang meeting tulad ng document signing ay inirereklamo rin? Susme naman, puro na kayo reklamador!

    • ApoLapullapu

      Hindi nagreklamo ang Sultan.  Si Lacierda lang ang nag-isip nang ganoon.  Kung siya pa si Kiram tiyak na magrereklamo siya.

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        Hindi nagreklamo? Sinasabi mo bang mali yung news report?


        Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda told a press briefing Wednesday that Jamalul could not complain about not being given a good seat in Malacañang because he, too, had no seat.
        “It was such a historic event. People just wanted to come in. There were so many important people there. Even the ambassadors were not seated. There was not a section devoted to the diplomatic [corps]. Everybody present sat with one another,” he said.
        “The atmosphere was one of hope and one of optimism. It was unfortunate that he’s complaining only now. But the fact that he was invited … we recognized the fact out of the millions of Muslims in Mindanao, he was invited to come to the Palace. That should be an acknowledgment of the recognition of the traditional leadership in [the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao],” he said.”

      • ApoLapullapu

        Jamalul did not complain about his having no seat in Malacañang.  It was Lacierda’s assessment of the situation.  Not having a seat during the signing does not mean being left out.  Read the Framework Agreement and see if there is anything there about the Sultanate of Sulu and Sabah.

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        Paano mo nalamang hindi nag complain si Kiram? Spokesman ka ba ni Kiram? Lacierda’s assessment kamo? The mere fact that the Kirams never chastised Lacierda for the revelation is an indication enough of Kiram’s frame of mind on the issue. 

  • giltor

    PLAIN AND SIMPLE PROPAGANDA AGAINST THE SULTANATE!

  • $20722540

    ikaw naman lacierda ohhh pakita lang yon na-invite epro hindi ninyo pinanasin yong mga hiling nila marinig man lang

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/G6MG4QQ3ND6UZSOBMLRHALZ7HI Petwil

    Then why the Sultan did this?  It is obvious you just made the Sultan as decoration or props  in the signing occasion. Malacanang is a good stage seater, but he sultan is not dumb not to know this. Malacanang should not redirect the public attention in the Sabah stand-off to those trivial and flimsy things. Mr spokesman don’t speak around the bush, face the issue now right in your face. Don’t muddle it.

  • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

    palusot na naman si lamierda…

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

    ang gawin ng gobyerno dapat ay ibigay nila ang tunay na suporta nila sa mga kiram sa usapin ng sabah claim hindi yung kung ano anong mga paninira ang ginagawa ng aquino govt sa knila d ba..nakahiya tlga…

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Jane Deasis Villena

      kasi clueless nga eh

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UOZM4PWIDKO7G64HL3PPMXUTM Constantine

    That’s why P-Noy was right when he quipped that the invasion in Sabah of alleged Royal Army of the Sultan of Sulu is well orchestrated and well funded. We can see the footprints of Erap, Enrile and Binay all over the place. These corrupt UNA leaders want to create chaos to discredit the government of P-Noy so that they can attack him in the run to the May 2013 election. But the Filipinos can now distinguish what is fake and what is genuine. Sadly though Erap and Binay are with the biggest revisionist in the person of Enrile who is orchestrating all these shenanigans. Do you notice that Gringo Honasan is quiet lately and nowhere to be found? Because he was spotted in Sulu in the company of Kiram group. Remember, he is the hatchet man of Enrile and bodyguard of Jack Enrile since martial law days. This just fuels the ongoing talks that Honasan is again doing the dirty job for his original patron, Enrile!

    • DeaDMoRo

      This extraordinary allegation requires extraordinary evidence. This is tantamount to inciting a war if if found true. 

      • ApoLapullapu

        Part of the demolition job. Kaya pabayaan nyo na lang.

    • Alex Alvarez

      Any picture pls? Kindly post pictures for us to believe what you are saying….

    • TausugMoro

      hearsay and sensationalist

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Jane Deasis Villena

      puro baseless allegations katulad ng amo mo.  manahimik na nga kau para hindi mapahiya

  • Bryan Kevin Tung

    Sinungaling ang lecheng sultan ng sulu. Aq ang sultan ng panay. Leche kang sinungaling sultan. San ka mumukuha ng pera!? Leche ka!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Jane Deasis Villena

      basing on ur comment,  ikaw ang tunay na leche

      • ApoLapullapu

        Pabayaan na ‘yan. Malinaw na walang galang sa kapwa.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R5TJX5CSLQZHMKZR3ZCIQCB2N4 Bolay-og

      hoy insik, wag kang umangkin ang hindi sau, baka tigpasin ang ulo mo ng talibong ng mga ilonggo na kadugo ni Datu Paiburong at ang siyam na kasama niyang datu galing sa Borneo.

  • watsupdoc

    Similar to  Esposo who wrecks chairs in the other daily newspaper, Lacierda issued another propaganda against the Sultan for the non-policy of P-noy regarding the Sabah issue. If both of them just read comments of social media, 95% are with the Sultan.

  • tanga_hanga_ni_abnoy

    peace deal lang yan, iba yung land deal

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XJ6M3EEK5LGN77YOMKJHBCXF7Q jeronimo

    utang na loob pala na maimbitahan ka at pumasok sa malacanyang ngayon?

    • Alex Alvarez

      sinabi mo pa!!! Ganyan ang ksalukuyang gobyerno ngayon……..

  • robert franklin

    JKIII, you are doing injustice to the followers of kiram and his pirates clan holed up in sabah? kiram should surrender and end his selfish act. let your followers return to tawi-tawi while they are still alive. they have fathers, mothers, wife and children waiting for them to come home.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Jane Deasis Villena

      hahaha,  in ur dreams;  the Sultan is not going any where because they are at home in their own territory.  It should be the Mlaysian to get out of Sabah.  The Sultan should terminate the rent and send the Malaysian out and find another more beneficial renter, maybe the US can take the place of Malaysia

    • ApoLapullapu

      Taga Luzon ka na walang alam sa Mindanao.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W6UV7JR6LDQ7YYGVAMDOBGEPIM Rami

    Why they just join the election and see if ttheir people will elect them.Royal highness is impractical and archaic nowadays.Ask again if the current PM Razak if he will agrree an increment in the rent or goodwill money whivh they have asked in the past decade sbut unfortunately not heeded by Malyasian govt

    • ApoLapullapu

      Ang Taritib ang siyang nasusunod sa paginstall ng Sultan, hind election.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QKUGHEP6GWPBU6SDMRA3MFU2RE gaylord_focker

    showbiz ang dating ni lacierda

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Jane Deasis Villena

      di lang showbiz kundi clueless din

    • ApoLapullapu

      Pero kawawa ang Bol-anon!  Showbiz ngunit hindi bida, hindi rin kontrabida!  Parang extra.

  • edgar

    The difference: Who’s fault?

                                                               1973 Constitution

    ARTICLE
    I

    The National Territory

    Section 1. The national territory comprises the Philippine archipelago,
    with all the islands and waters embraced therein, and all the other
    territories belonging to the Philippines by historic or legal title, including the
    territorial sea, the air space, the subsoil, the sea-bed, the insular shelves, and the submarine areas over which the Philippines has sovereignty or jurisdiction.
    The waters around, between, and connecting the islands of the
    archipelago, irrespective of their breadth and dimensions, form part of the internal
    waters of the Philippines.

    1987 Constitution
    ARTICLE I

    NATIONAL TERRITORY

    The
    national territory comprises the Philippine archipelago, with all the islands
    and waters embraced therein, and all other territories over which the
    Philippines has sovereignty or jurisdiction, consisting of its terrestrial,
    fluvial and aerial domains, including its territorial sea, the seabed, the
    subsoil, the insular shelves, and other submarine areas. The waters around,
    between, and connecting the islands of the archipelago, regardless of their
    breadth and dimensions, form part of the internal waters of the

    Philippines

    .

    What do you think?

    • Alex Alvarez

      AQUINO or BERNAS? You choose.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Jane Deasis Villena

      Sabah is within the EEZ of the Philippines just like the Panatag shoal so it should be ours.  It is very near to our southernmost island.

  • noguile

    any idea kung sino talaga backers ng mga ito and bakit nila ginagawa ito aside from their claim?  political trick talaga kaya ito nina ting ting  para sa may elections?

    • Edward Castro

       i have a very very strong feeling that certain recent events are being orchestrated to create a scenario of chaos and helplessness.

  • lolo_Jose

    ME backer/s ang mga iyan apo!!! HINDI PWEDE NA ISANG ME EDAD NA SULTAN 
    ANG KIKILOS AT MAGDEDESISYON SA NAPAKA IMPORTANTENG BAGAY AT
    MALAKING GASTOS NA ALANG TAONG MALAKI ANG NASA LIKOD NIYA…
    ME LIHIM SILANG PLANO NA DAPAT ALAMIN NI PNOY…
    ”KUNG ANG ISALUBONG SA IYONG PAGDATING AY MASAYANG MUKHA’T
    PAKITANG GILIW, KAINGAT KA AT KAAWAY NA LIHIM…”
    ALAM NI PNOY KUNG SINO MGA ITO AT DAPAT ILANTAD!!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Jane Deasis Villena

      o cge, ilantad mo pagkatapos ano?  hindi kakaila an maraming sympathizers and Sultan at walaing mali diyan

      • Twister12

        hala mga sympathizers pumunta na don at isama mga asawa at anak nyo. Magdala na din ng extrang ammo.

    • ApoLapullapu

      Hindi ninyo kilala ang mga Tausug.  Hindi sila pera pera lang.  Kung kailangan ibubuwis nila ang kanilang dugo.

  • lemon88

    kung talagang me hwak na dokumento ang mga kiram’s, at kung talagang nagbabayad ang malaysia ng rent ke sultanate of sulu,  e gawin nalang ang dapat gawin basta sa mapayapang paraan at hwag ng mandamay pa. kung tutuusin natin, sa pilipinas ang sabah coz the place is within its EEZ kahit sabihin pa na niregalo ng king of brunei ke sultanate of sulu.  Dumulog sa UN kung kinakailangan. ang mahirap nyan kapag ang malaysia tumulad ke tsina na naging swapang.

    • ApoLapullapu

      Hindi naman sila nanggugulo.  Pumunta lang sila sa kanilang sariling lupa.  Ang magpapaalis sa kanila ang mangugulo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Psiitoon-Charoenkrung/100001362990665 Jane Deasis Villena

    This government is really clueless;  doesn’t it know that inviting the Sultan but not a part of the agreement is adding insult to injury?  As I said the important stakeholders in Mindanao should not have been set aside by including them in the agreement and even make them as one of the signarory in the agreement to show that they have agreed but they were just set aside 

    And the President is making a childish tantrum again in CDO.  He enumerated how he stayed so late.  hahaha,  isn’t it normal for a leader of the country?  There’s nothing special about it so he should have not bring it to public.  Hmmmm, what a clueless president we really have this time

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/6EADOP2OSGDCE6G6CE6IQLU7XM Julius

      while i share your disdain for this president, i would still give him a lot of leeway just to be fair.  the issue of the sultan was not of his doing.  he merely inherited it.  and we’re not even talking about a universally recognized sultan.  there are several claimants, including one whose father was recognized by a past president for the purposes of pursuing the sabah claim.  so it’s not that simple, is it?  in the end, what does the sultan or a claimant really have to offer the country aside by being a supposed title holder to the claim?  pomp and pageant?  we’re a republic by the way.  and he feels left out of a historic peace agreement?  KSP talaga…

      • JohnDoeGB

        We are a republic but why did they have a provision in the Bangsamoro framework agreement that there is “respect for customary laws, [and] traditional leaders”? To cast the Kirams and their followers in the bad light, even calling them KSP, is utterly a myopic view of the issue. These descendants, whoever their rightful leader, considers the North Borneo home. It is their home and their property as the records can bear them out, including the accounts of BNBC (the leasing company), Brunei government and the rent payments. If PNoy really seeks peace in Mindanao, he himself must not leave some factions to be left hurting. Otherwise, there will be no peace at all. Sultan Kiram was just in Taguig. If PNoy has diplomatic sense left in him should have seen him and talk with him instead of that show of arrogance and disregard of the claims of the sultanate. It was such a shame for him to have shown such character!

      • robertcarino

        the supposed mandate to lead by virtue of hereditary rights is the very anti-thesis of a modern republic.  Kiram is a citizen very much like any other.  even if he commands a following, as a citizen he is subject to the same laws any other filipino is.  to make him an exception is to make a mockery of the very aspirations of the filipino people to equality under the law.

      • JohnDoeGB

        Your view of the republic is very stereotypical. Philippines is of a peculiar case such that it is composed of Muslims and non-Muslims where in the Muslims are of a significant number. Disregarding the existence (ethic groups) and hierarchy (sultanate and tribal organizations) of our Muslim brothers is also a mockery of the equality that the republic espouses. They are subject to the Philippine laws that’s why they are saying that they will take whatever sanctions or cases that the government files against them. The same way they also have their rights and claims protected by the Philippine law that the President is suppose to accord them with. By the way, their existence as a sultanate is not in question, there was the sultanate that agreed of the lease, these is still a sultanate as they are still being paid of the rent, and there will still be in the days to come that’s why they are having this crusade to assert their rights for the future of the sultanate. If you are to ignore them and these facts, well, that would be a shame on you.

      • ApoLapullapu

        The Sultan matter is not an issue.  There is a Sultanate and that’s what matters.

      • robertcarino

        correction.  a sultanate that does not exist in law, and acknowledged only by tradition.  and its a sultanate the remains disputed.

      • ApoLapullapu

        That is the kind of argument that keeps the Mindanao problem unsolved.  The Moro culture and tradition is never understood.

    • Matambaka

      Becasue  PNOY and Kiram was the Matermind in sabah Standoff..

      Now the Malaysian givernment slowly giving in ng PHL demands..

      One is…the accomodate Philippines appeal to prolong  Sulu Royal Forces stay in Sabah…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6EADOP2OSGDCE6G6CE6IQLU7XM Julius

    the problem with many people in this country is that they think family lineage entitles them to special treatment.  a bigger problem is that people are willing to give special treatment to claimants to royalty.  and we’re supposed to be a republic.

    • ApoLapullapu

      People far from Mindanao will never understand the Moro culture and tradition.  This is one of the reasons why there seems to be a perpetual conflict between the government and the Moros.

      • robertcarino

        even in many islamic countries, they’re trying to modernize.  so many traditional structures have been removed and new legal ones put in place.  so why be afraid of change?  resistance to change only benefits those who are more concerned with retaining undeserved power.  much of the poverty in mindanao is also the fault of the traditional leaders where power lies in a family instead of those with merit.  and the sultanate is representative of this. 

      • ApoLapullapu

        Does change include abandoning a claim of one’s ancestral lands?

    • KenKhoy

      …… the same problem also with our politician. they believed  that their family destined to serve the public kono???? l 

  • Kareen Grace Lacorte

    I still think that beyond all this, there’s a strong force supporting the Kirams kaya malakas ang mag loob nila. Why will they make this efforts in the midst of territorial dispute with China?? This idea might be so farfetched but I believe in it..

  • Popskief

    A hopeless cause indeed. Bad timing, sayang nagpagamit ang pmailya nang mga Kiram sa mga laban at gusto ibagsak ang gobyerno. Sabihin pa ALL THINGS COMES TO HOSE WHO WAITS.  tsk, tsk, tsk

  • ApoLapullapu

    Was it an appeal to Kiram? Or a threat?

  • redsnow

    Di ba ang mga muslim sa Mindanao ay isa ding Pilipino matagal na sila naninirahan sa Mindanao at tradition nila na pwede ka mag aasawa hanggang 5 kung kaya mo . Sa mga Kristyanos bihira lang ang may mga anak sa labas . Kaya ang mga muslim sa Mindanao mas madali makaparami sa kanilang angkan at lahi . Bakit kaya ang mga muslim di gaanu karami sa boung Mindanao saan ba nagpunta ang lahi nila ??
    Walang gyera sa Mindanao sa nakaraang daang taon. Panahun lang ni Marcos ang giyera nila.Wala silang kalamidad di tulad sa Visayas at Mindanao maraming bagyo at lindol maraming namamatay . Kaya mukhang ang mga muslim ilang daang taong nakaraan ay nagpunta ng Borneo at doon nanirahan at nagparami. Kaya ang sultan pinaggirian niya ang Malaysia ay away MUSLIM yan wag na tayo sumali mga kristyanos. Dahil ang Malaysia ay umunlad na bansa dahil wala silang problima sa rebellion , Ang Pilipinas ay maraming taon ng nakipagdigma sa NPA at sa mga separatest muslim at sa world war 2 . Hayaan natin mag aaway ang Malaysia at ang Sultan. Ang mga Malaysian ay walang rebelde sa kanilang bayan at di rin sila nakipagdigma sa mga hapon ang mga British ang nakigpagdigma sa mga hapon ,Ang Pilipinas sanay na sa digmaan at sa gulo . Kaya hayaan natin na ang muslim Mindanao ay mag gulo sa kanilang bayan sa Malaysia . Para malampasan natin ang ekonomiya nila.Ang ekonomiya natin ay nagsimula ng bumulusok kaya wag nating sayangin sa away sa mga muslim. Ang mga MNLF noun panahun Marcos doon nagsasanay sa Sabah at inaruga sila sa mga Malaysian ngayun baliktarin natin ang muslim sa Mindanao ang magrebelde sa Malaysia at doon magsasanay sa Basilan at Jolo.

  • Obliged Friend

    Is there a Philippine Consulate in Sabah? 

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