| USWorld

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Ship goes to Malaysia for Filipinos

Email Newsletters

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, 9:30 p.m.

MANILA — A Philippine navy ship was sailing to waters off eastern Malaysia on Monday to try to bring back some members of a Filipino clan who became locked in a territorial standoff when they went there and claimed land as their own.

About 180 Filipinos, including about 30 armed security guards, arrived in Sabah state's coastal district of Lahad Datu about two weeks ago, claiming Sabah belongs to their royal clan based in the southern Philippine province of Sulu.

Malaysian authorities regard them as armed intruders and have attempted to persuade them to leave peacefully, extending a deadline until Tuesday.

Philippine and Malaysian authorities have said the group's demands should be addressed through diplomatic channels.

The Philippines notified Malaysia about the ship arrangements Saturday and said the vessel will stay off Lahad Datu while talks to persuade the Filipinos to return home continue.

Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario said the ship was on a humanitarian mission to pick up five women and some other group members. “We urge them to board the ship without delay and return home,” he said.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. Pakistani doctor who led CIA to bin Laden stuck in prison
  2. Russian pilot rescued by Syrian commando unit
  3. Putin sends air defense missiles to Syria to deter Turkey
  4. Liberia has 1st Ebola death since being deemed free of disease in September
  5. Bus carrying presidential guard targeted by bomber in Tunisia
  6. Official: Paris attacks organizer was planning more carnage
  7. Vatican puts 5 on trial for leaks
  8. Turkey shoots down Russian jet it says violated its airspace
  9. Social media drives Cuban exodus to United States
  10. News story reunites missing ‘McRefugee’ woman with son
  11. African nations on pope’s itinerary scarred by religious violence