Monday March 11, 2013
Lahad Datu: Manila to seek answers over mistreatment
MANILA: The Philippine Government says it will contact the Malaysian Foreign Ministry over media reports alleging that Philippine citizens fleeing Sabah were mistreated in the ongoing operation against armed Sulu gunmen.
Deputy presidential spokesman Abigail Valte was quoted by The Philippine Daily Inquirer as saying that any ill-treatment of its citizens trying to return to the Philippines by Malaysian security forces was unacceptable.
“The Department of Foreign Affairs will be contacting their Malaysian counterparts about these reports,” Valte said on the government-run dzRB radio.
Many Filipinos had reportedly left Lahad Datu, Kunak and Semporna following the incursion led by Raja Muda Azzimudie Kiram, a brother of self-proclaimed Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III.