SULU SULTAN KIRAM DIES, 75: SABAH CLAIM SURVIVES, PALACE SAYS
 


Kiram, 75. Relatives and supporters of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III (inset) mourn his death at his home in Maharlika Village in Taguig. Kiram died early Sunday at the age of 75. EY ACASIO Kiram, 75. Relatives and supporters of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III (inset) mourn his death at his home in Maharlika Village in Taguig. Kiram died early Sunday at the age of 75. EY ACASIO

MANILA, OCTOBER 21, 2013 (MANILA STANDARD) By Joyce Pangco Panares | Posted 1 hour ago | 125 views

Malacañang said the death of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III will not spell the end for the country’s Sabah claim.

The 75-year-old Kiram died at 4:42 a.m. Sunday at the Philippine Heart Center in Quezon due to multiple organ failure, said his daughter, Princess Jacel.

“The study is still ongoing, and the question presupposes that the claim is dependent on one person, which it is not, so the study is still ongoing,” said Deputy Presidential Spokeswoman Abigail Valte.

The Palace official made the statement after she was asked what would happen to the review ordered by President Benigno Aquino III in March aimed at resolving the Sabah conflict.

He directed an inter-agency team led by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. to come up with a Sabah roadmap.

“I have tasked the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Department of Justice and our Executive Secretary to research and recommend a roadmap for the peaceful resolution of the Sabah conflict,” Aquino said.

The team also included the Justice department and the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office.

Kiram, long wanted by the Malaysian police for sending his armed followers to Sabah early this year, kept to his country’s cause, according to spokesman Abraham Idjirani.

“Until the very end, he reminded us to continue to fight for what is ours, to repossess Sabah for the sake of the Filipino people,” he said, at the residence of the family in Maharlika Village, Taguig City.

Kiram’s remains, in a black casket draped with red linen, were brought to his house and transferred to the nearby Blue Mosque.

Idjirani said it was the late sultan’s wish to be buried in Maimbung, Sulu, the province’s ancient capital. With Ferdinand Fabella


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