'No surrender' in Sabah - Kiram

MANILA, Philippines - No surrender.

The Royal Sulu Army will not capitulate to the Malaysian forces, and vowed to fight until the end to highlight their claim to Sabah.

Abraham Idjirani, spokesman of Jamalul Kiram III, said that the group, currently holed up in Kampong Tanduo in Lahad Datu, is willing to fight to the end, based on his conversation with Raja Muda Agmibuddin Kiram, the leader of the gunmen in Sabah.

"Sabi niya if this is the last stand we could do, let it be. But as a guerilla fighter now, we will find our way to sneak out from all dangers in order to survive," said Idjirani, quoting Raja Muda.

Abraham Idjirani, spokesperson for Jamalul Kiram III. File photo by Jerald Uy

Abraham Idjirani, spokesperson for Jamalul Kiram III.

File photo by Jerald Uy

He said the assault, which started early Tuesday, March 5, is an "overkill," citing that over 10,000 Malaysian security forces are fighting around 200 fighters.

"Nangangahulugan lang na takot sila sa amin. Kung talagang matapang sila, hindi sila gagamit ng ganon kalakas na pwersa paraa hindi sila maaccuse na overkill," said Idjirani.

He also criticized the Philippine government for its "weak stand" on the issue, and said the fight for Sabah is also for the "entire" Filipino people.

He did not disclose Raja Muda's location, but he said the group was not hit by the aerial assault. - Rappler.com