They were part of more than 2,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who have returned home in the southern Philippines, from March 4 to 12, after Malaysian security forces started clearing operations on Tanduao village in Lahad Datu
where Raja Mudda Agbimuddin Kiram and his 200 followers occupied on February 9.
Meanwhile, the wife of Sultan of Sulu, Celia Fatima Kiram told Manila Bulletin from Manila's suburban Taguig that Dennis Kiram, son of the Sultan of Sulu's sixth brother, Datu
Alludin, was maltreated when jailed in Sabah.
Emmanuel Lumayon, director of Datu
Inda Elementary School Dance Troupe said that during the provincial and regional level, the Manobo-Kulamanen children gave their best rendition of the ethnic dance in portraying the life of the indigenous people.
An affluent datu
who actively engaged in foreign trade assumed the loftier Hindu title "rajah".
Last February, Kiram's 200 followers led by his younger brother Raja Mudah Agbimuddin Kiram entered Lahad datu
, Sabah and engaged Malaysian forces in a standoff that ended with shootouts in March, killing more than 70.
Malaysian High Court sentenced Special Branch police officer Hassan Ali to seven years of rigorous imprisonment for withholding vital information of terrorist activities related to the Sulu intrusion in the Lahad Datu
An hour earlier, a blast also occurred near the camp of the 45th Infantry Battalion in nearby Datu
Thousands of the Malaysian troops engaged with the militants in Lahad Datu
district in the province, some 1,600 km to the east of Kuala Lumpur, which resulted in four deaths, said Commander of the Malaysian Armed Forces Gen.
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (L) takes a picture of his ministers and chief of defence forces after his visit to Felda Sahabat near Kampung Tanduo, where troops stormed the camp of an armed Filipino group, in Lahad Datu
, Sabah state on March 7.
I don't want speculation that Sabah is in crisis," Ismail told a news conference in the town of Lahad Datu
Criminal charges -- including inciting to war, giving motive for reprisals, illegal assembly, illegal possession of firearms, and violation of the gun ban of the Commission of Election (Comelec) -- are being prepared against Kiram, his brother Prince Rajah Mudah Agbimuddin Kiram and their 200 followers who occupied Tanduo village, Lahad Datu
town, Sabah, De Lima said.
He said security forces were negotiating with the men near the small coastal town of Lahad Datu