Sunday March 10, 2013
Lahad Datu: Philippine government starts probe into ‘conspiracy’
PETALING JAYA: The Philippine Government has launched a probe into the alleged conspiracy behind the stand-off in Sabah, summoning a Sulu Sultanate adviser for questioning.
The country's National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) summoned Pastor “Boy” Saycon to appear before them on Tuesday morning, reported The Philippine Star.
Sultanate spokesman Abraham Idjirani said this was the start of a “crackdown” by the government on the sultan's followers.
A subpoena by the NBI was delivered to Saycon, who is a political strategist and secretary-general of the Council for Philippine Affairs, on Friday.
Saycon told The Philippine Star he was being summoned because of his support for Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III.
“I think the government wants to put up a conspiracy without any basis and blame people instead of solving the worsening crisis in Sabah,” Saycon was quoted in the news report.
The daily also reported that an Islamic group in the country has urged the Philippine congress to pass a resolution enabling the executive branch to pursue the claim over Sabah peacefully and legally.
Philippine Centre for Islam and Democracy president Amina Rasul also called on the Philippine Government to set up a committee under the Office of the President to look into the claim over Sabah.
Calling for a UN peacekeeping force to maintain order in Sabah, the group also urged the Malaysian Government to allow the Red Crescent to enter the area to provide medical help to victims.
In a report by GMA News Online, Idjirani said Raja Muda Azzimudie, who is Kiram's brother and leader of the armed Filipinos in Sabah, had gone without food for at least two days.
“According to him, they have not eaten for two days. They are constantly running from bombardments,” Idjirani was quoted by dzBB radio yesterday.