Honasan calls for buffer zone in Sabah conflict PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 26 March 2013 11:43

Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan of the United  National Alliance on Friday  said there is a need for Red Cresent or Red Cross, the Association of Southeast  Asian Nations ( ASEAN ) and especially the United Nation forces to put up a buffer zone between the forces of the Sulu Sultanate and the Malaysian police and military.

In an interview with newsmen in Gen. Santos, Honasan revealed that he has received  an  information that Malaysian police and military have commtted many atrocities and inhuman treatment against Filipinos in Sabah, Malaysia as an aftermath of the standoff between the Sultanate’s men and Malaysian police and soldiers.

The atrocities, Honasan said, include torture, summary execution and manhandling.

“There must be a bilateral solution and neutral forces in Sabah, Malaysia to investigate the atrocities and inhuman acts of the Malaysian forces against the ordinary people in the area who were caught in the stand-off,” Honasan pointed out.

Former Senator Ernesto Maceda, also of UNA, disclosed that there are 800,000 Filipinos affected in the Sabah conflict.

“No matter what they say,  Sabah is part of the Republic of the Philippines. The government must work and help the people affected by the  complict,” Maceda said.

Another UNA senatorial candidate, Tingting Cojuangco, said the government should help the Sulu Sultanate forces because Tausog culture is different from other tribes.

“They do not surrender and they should not be threatened by saying that a case is waiting against them here in the Philippines,” Cojuangco  said. — Allen Abastillas