Published: Wednesday March 6, 2013 MYT 2:36:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday March 6, 2013 MYT 3:53:45 PM
Lahad Datu: Foreign secretary to apologise to Sulu Sultanate for unanswered letter
MANILA: Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario is set to formally apologize to the heirs of the Sulu sultanate for failing to attend to a letter Rajah Mudah Agbimmudin Kiram, younger brother of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, had sent to the government in 2010.
The letter seeks the revival of the country's dormant claim to Sabah and a role in peace talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
In a text message, Del Rosario said he intends to write a letter expressing his regrets for overlooking the letter that Rajah Mudah Agbimmudin Kiram sent President Aquino just before he assumed office almost three years ago.
“I intend to write a letter of apology,” said Del Rosario.
He earlier took “full responsibility for the oversight” of the letter, which the President earlier said was “lost in the bureaucratic maze.”
Aquino earlier appealed to the Kirams not to feel ignored because of the unattended letter.
In a statement early Wednesday, the Department of Foreign Affairs disclosed that the “missing letter” of Agbimuddin Kiram had been found to be in the foreign office's keeping. - Philippine Daily Inquirer.