Beng pushes for peaceful way to stop bloody Sabah conflict PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 15:09

District 1 Congresswoman Ma Isabelle 'Beng' Climaco-Salazar, yesterday expressed full support for a peaceful resolution of Sabah conflict, in Malaysia, which has reportedly claimed the lives of 17 people, mostly Filipino followers of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo.

The three-week standoff turned bloody last Friday, when followers of self-styled Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, numbering about 300, engaged in a bloody shootout with Malaysian police and military forces in an invaded coastal village in Lahad Datu, Sabah.

The sultanate's army arrived in the area last February 12 by boat, carrying with them an authority, apparently from Kiram, to settle in Borneo, as said place is his, by inheritance.

Climaco said, “mortality between and among Filipino and Malaysian forces will stop, if resolution of this conflict is done in a deplomatic way”.

The proximity of Sabah to Zamboanga City is what worries Climaco, who also hopes that “the authorities here, will not let their guard down, to avoid spill-over of this bloody incidents in Sabah, that continues to count lost of lives even as of press time”.

The lady solon is likewise appealing to the police and military authorities to be watchful of other Filipino armed groups who may possibly wish to re-enforce the embattled sultanate royal army in Sabah, to avoid further loss of lives. -- Philip Abuy