Royal Council of the Sulu Sultanate to present stand on Sabah and Federalism soon

Royal Council of the Sulu Sultanate to present stand on Sabah and Federalism soon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 30 May) -- The Royal Council of the Sulu Sultanate will present its final position on the Sabah issue and Federalism after its meeting on June 4 or 5 in Jo ...

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Sulu-based women’s group: reopen the border between Sabah and Sulu

Sulu-based women’s group: reopen the border between Sabah and Sulu

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 April)—A Sulu-based women’s organization has called on the Malaysian government to “immediately reopen” its borders in Sabah to travelers and commercial ...

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Prices in ARMM island provinces rise due to closure of Malaysian border – official

Prices in ARMM island provinces rise due to closure of Malaysian border – official

COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/15 April) -- Malaysia’s closure of its border with southern Philippines has caused a spike in prices of commodities in the island provinces of the Autonom ...

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Safety, security always a concern — BIMP-EAGA tourism officials

Safety, security always a concern — BIMP-EAGA tourism officials

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/24 October) – Safety and security are always a concern for tourism industry stakeholders, tourism officials from the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the ...

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Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III dies

Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III dies

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/20 Oct.) -- Sultan Jamalul Kiram III of Sulu died of multiple organ failure Sunday at the age of 75, his daughter Princess Jacel Kiram-Hasan announced. ...

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Task force rescues 132 human trafficking victims in Zambo

Task force rescues 132 human trafficking victims in Zambo

ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews/04 July) – The multi-agency Sea-Based Anti-Trafficking Task Force (SBATTF) rescued in separate operations Wednesday 132 human trafficking victims and arr ...

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Malaysian police detain 32 Tawi-Tawi LP candidates, supporters

Malaysian police detain 32 Tawi-Tawi LP candidates, supporters

BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi (VERA Files/10 April) --  Malaysian Police have detained 32 Liberal Party candidates and their supporters who were on their way to the Turtle Islands to accompan ...

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COMMENT: Behind Hope, Fears

COMMENT: Behind Hope, Fears

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/07 April 2013) -- The signing of the Framework Agreement on Bangsamoro on October 15, 2012 was the poetical “sun always shining” that emerged from “ ...

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For TransCom to work, GPH-MILF annexes “must be finished before the elections”

For TransCom to work, GPH-MILF annexes “must be finished before the elections”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 April) –  The three remaining annexes that would complete the comprehensive peace pact between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Libera ...

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Sabah crisis hounds TransCom presscon

Sabah crisis hounds TransCom presscon

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 April) – The moderator of the press conference had to butt in to remind reporters that the press conference was not about Sabah but about the Transition C ...

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Charged in Sabah: seven more; total 15

Charged in Sabah: seven more; total 15

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/02 April) – Seven more alleged members of the “Royal Security Forces of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo”  were charged in Sabah, Malaysia Monday for a ...

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Evacuees from Sabah: 750 new arrivals; total 5,189 since March 6

Evacuees from Sabah: 750 new arrivals; total 5,189 since March 6

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 March) –  The number of evacuees from Sabah since March 6 has reached 5,189 as of 5 p.m. on April 1 or 750 more arrivals from the 11 a.m. March 27 update ...

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Evacuees from Sabah: 4,439

Evacuees from Sabah: 4,439

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/27 March) –  The number of evacuees who have arrived from Sabah since March 6 has reached 4,439 as of 11 a.m. on March 27, more than twice the March 17 total ...

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GPH, MILF reset talks for 2nd week of April; Deles says PNoy sought postponement

GPH, MILF reset talks for 2nd week of April; Deles says PNoy sought postponement

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 March) –  The peace panels of the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) have agreed to reset the talks scheduled this w ...

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Malaysia not credible to host GPH-MILF peace talks – Princess Jacel

Malaysia not credible to host GPH-MILF peace talks – Princess Jacel

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 25 March) – The daughter of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III questioned the credibility of Malaysia to continue facilitating the peace talks between the Gover ...

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Princess in Davao

Princess in Davao

Princess Jacel Kiram, daughter of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, one of the heirs of the Sultan of Sulu, speaks at a press conference in Davao City on Monday, March 25. Kiram questione ...

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Deles says PNoy sought postponement of GPH-MILF talks in KL

Deles says PNoy sought postponement of GPH-MILF talks in KL

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 March) –  The March 25 to 27 peace negotiations in Kuala Lumpur between the Philippine government (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) did n ...

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GPH-MILF talks resumption in KL: on or off?

GPH-MILF talks resumption in KL: on or off?

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/25 March) --  The government and Moro Islamic Liberation Front peace panels are supposed to meet today, March 25, until March 27 in Kuala Lumpur to work on t ...

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Governors of Sulu, Tawi-tawi, ARMM checking on names of 8 charged in Sabah court

Governors of Sulu, Tawi-tawi, ARMM checking on names of 8 charged in Sabah court

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/22 March) – The eight alleged members of  the “Royal Security Forces of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo” who were charged for waging war and terrorism ...

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Resume talks

Resume talks

Members of civil society organizations and the Armed Forces of the Philippines gather at the Freedom Park in Davao City on Thursday, March 21 to call for the resumption of the pea ...

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Advocates warn derailment of GPH-MILF peace talks due to Sabah conflict

Advocates warn derailment of GPH-MILF peace talks due to Sabah conflict

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 March) – Peace advocates warned Thursday a possible derailment of the peace talks between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic L ...

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Lawyer of Sulu Sultan’s heirs on Sabah: ‘final say’ from Philippine gov’t body

Lawyer of Sulu Sultan’s heirs on Sabah: ‘final say’ from Philippine gov’t body

JOLO, Sulu (MindaNews/17 March) –  Claiming Malaysia acted in bad faith, the lawyer of the heirs of the Sultanate of Sulu said Malaysia “must immediately turn over” Sabah to the h ...

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Arrivals in Sulu from Sabah: 1,677

Arrivals in Sulu from Sabah: 1,677

PATIKUL, Sulu (MindaNews/17 March) --  At the privately-owned Hadji Warid Wharf here on Friday noon,  Amelia laughed as she admitted how she repeatedly texted Ibrahim, her 20-year ...

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Sabah fallout: Gasoline vendors closing shops, trike fares up in Tawi-Tawi

Sabah fallout: Gasoline vendors closing shops, trike fares up in Tawi-Tawi

BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi (MindaNews/16 March)—With the increase in price of gasoline coming from Sabah, Malaysia, several roadside gasoline vendors here have been forced to close shop as ...

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Price cap up for goods in Tawi-Tawi

Price cap up for goods in Tawi-Tawi

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/13 March)— Price control measures are being put in place in the island-province of Tawi-Tawi in the aftermath of the Sabah crisis that triggered an incre ...

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Response to Ismael Kiram’s statement that Princess Jacel, being a woman, cannot speak for Sultan Jamalul III

Response to Ismael Kiram’s statement that Princess Jacel, being a woman, cannot speak for Sultan Jamalul III

We are celebrating Women’s Month.  March 8 was Women’s Day, made possible by legislation authored by my mother, former Senator Santanina Rasul, who was not just the first Muslim w ...

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Amid Sabah crisis, Malaysia sends in new batch of peace monitors

Amid Sabah crisis, Malaysia sends in new batch of peace monitors

CAMP SIONGCO, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao (MindaNews / 11 March) – While  Malaysian security forces on Monday entered the seventh day of military and police operations against ...

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ARMM”s Human Rights Commission on reported HR violations in Sabah: “very alarming”

ARMM”s Human Rights Commission on reported HR violations in Sabah: “very alarming”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/11 March) – The chair of the Regional Human Rights Commission of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RHRC-ARMM) is appealing for an end to violence in ...

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BISAG UNSA: Sultanato sa Sulu

BISAG UNSA: Sultanato sa Sulu

DAKBAYAN SA DABAW (MindaNews / 11 Marso) – Sa mga rekord sa Tsina, kapila natala ang Sulu nga aktibo sa internasyonal nga treyd sa wala pa moabot ang mga katsila. Niadtong 1417, n ...

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ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Sabah fallout on MILF peace talks

ADVOCACY MINDANOW: Sabah fallout on MILF peace talks

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/10 March) -- I was in Zamboanga City over the weekend to attend the Jaycee Senate Zamboanga Chapter Induction there. I was glad I took the trip. When Mayor C ...

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COMMENTARY: Lifeline hangs in the balance

COMMENTARY: Lifeline hangs in the balance

It is indeed timely that the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has issued a call for a ceasefire and dialogue to end the violence.  Sultan Jamalul III has followed the ...

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79 detained in Sabah under Malaysia’s new security act

79 detained in Sabah under Malaysia’s new security act

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/09 March) – At least 79  suspected members and supporters of  Rajah Muda Agbimuddin Kiram in Sabah, Malaysia have been detained for investigation under the   ...

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UN, HRW urge Malaysia to ensure protection of civilians

UN, HRW urge Malaysia to ensure protection of civilians

KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/09 March)— United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon on Friday met with Malaysia’s permanent representative to the UN to reiterate his hope that the c ...

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COMMENT: Historic Legacy of Sultan Alam

COMMENT: Historic Legacy of Sultan Alam

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/08 March) – When Sulu Sultan Mohammed Jamalul Alam leased the Sultanate’s part of North Borneo to the British North Borneo Company in 1878 never did ...

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Malaysian and PH civil society groups: declare humanitarian ceasefire now

Malaysian and PH civil society groups: declare humanitarian ceasefire now

DAVAO CITY  (MindaNews/08 March) --  Civil society organizations in  Malaysia  and the Philippines are urging Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Najib, President ...

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JOINT STATEMENT OF MALAYSIAN-PHILIPPINE CSOs: Standoff in Lahad Datu: Engage in Dialogue Now

JOINT STATEMENT OF MALAYSIAN-PHILIPPINE CSOs: Standoff in Lahad Datu: Engage in Dialogue Now

NOTE: list of signatories as of 1:35 p.m. March 8, 2013   JOINT STATEMENT OF MALAYSIAN-PHILIPPINE CSOs   March 7, 2013   Standoff in Lahad Datu: Engage in Dialogue Now with all st ...

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Aquino mulls charges vs Sulu sultan, followers

Aquino mulls charges vs Sulu sultan, followers

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 March) -- President Benigno Aquino III said Thursday he has ordered the Department of Justice, National Bureau of Investigation and the Philippine Nationa ...

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Sultan declares ceasefire as UN Sec-Gen urges end to violence; Malaysia rejects truce offer

Sultan declares ceasefire as UN Sec-Gen urges end to violence; Malaysia rejects truce offer

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 March) – Sultan Jamalul Kiram III  declared Thursday noon a unilateral ceasefire in Sabah, Malaysia in a bid to prevent further loss of  lives but Malaysi ...

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‘Gov’t ill-prepared to handle mass deportation of Pinoy workers from Sabah’

‘Gov’t ill-prepared to handle mass deportation of Pinoy workers from Sabah’

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/07 March) – The government is unprepared in case Malaysia decides to deport en mass Filipino workers from Sabah where some 200 followers of Sulu Sultan ...

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Aquino: “What do you want me to do? Sacrifice interest of  Pinoys in Sabah, in PH?”

Aquino: “What do you want me to do? Sacrifice interest of Pinoys in Sabah, in PH?”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/07 March) –  President Benigno Aquino reiterated Wednesday night the need for sobriety and “reasonable dialogue” to stop the crisis in Sabah from escalating, ...

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Aquino to Sulu Sultanate’s heirs: ‘It’s all your fault’

Aquino to Sulu Sultanate’s heirs: ‘It’s all your fault’

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/06 March) — President Benigno Aquino III continued blaming Wednesday the heirs of the Sultanate of Sulu for the bloodshed in Sabah, Malaysia, noting ...

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PEACETALK. A Prayer for Tausug Brothers (and People) in Sabah

PEACETALK. A Prayer for Tausug Brothers (and People) in Sabah

SANTA CRUZ, California (MindaNews/06 March0 --Salaam! Peace! For days now, I've been feeling sad about the unnecessary sacrifice and loss of lives of our Tausug brethrens in Sabah ...

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Negotiations over; Malaysia launches aerial, ground attacks to flush out “intruders”

Negotiations over; Malaysia launches aerial, ground attacks to flush out “intruders”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 March)  --  Invoking the need to “safeguard the dignity and sovereignty of the nation as demanded by the rakyat (people),” Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk ...

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Security beefed up for Malaysian ceasefire monitors in Mindanao

Security beefed up for Malaysian ceasefire monitors in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/05 March)  --  The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has beefed up security for all team sites of the 54-member Malaysian-led International Monitoring Te ...

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Tawi-Tawi execs call for end to Sabah conflict as economy feels impact

Tawi-Tawi execs call for end to Sabah conflict as economy feels impact

KORONADAL CITY(MindaNews/05 March) -- Ranking officials in Tawi-Tawi appealed Tuesday for a peaceful end to the conflict in Sabah, Malaysia to prevent further loss of lives and it ...

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Groups call for end to violence in Sabah; death toll at 27

Groups call for end to violence in Sabah; death toll at 27

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 March) – Calls for an end to violence in Sabah and to resolve the conflict through dialogue have been mounting, as the death toll since the stand-off in L ...

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Enrile wants Sabah issue resolved “swiftly and peacefully;” surpised over Saycon admission

Enrile wants Sabah issue resolved “swiftly and peacefully;” surpised over Saycon admission

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/04 March) -- Opposition senatorial candidate Jackie Ponce Enrile said the Philippines and Malaysia must exert all efforts to resolve the Sabah issue “swiftly ...

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Misuari on Sabah bloodshed: “ we must talk in a brotherly way”

Misuari on Sabah bloodshed: “ we must talk in a brotherly way”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/03 February) – “Cooler heads” must prevail to stop the bloodshed in Sabah from escalating, Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chair Nur Misauri  said  as ...

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Malaysian Prime Minister: “very sad over the incident;”  death toll at 15

Malaysian Prime Minister: “very sad over the incident;” death toll at 15

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 March) – Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has expressed sadness that the standoff in Lahad Datu, Sabah from February 9 ended in bloodsh ...

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Standoff in Sabah over; death toll unclear

Standoff in Sabah over; death toll unclear

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 March) --  “The standoff is now over.” Quoting a report from Malaysian Ambassador to the Philipipines, Dato Mohd Zamri Mohd Kassim,  Assistant Secretary R ...

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