Talks ongoing to end standoff in Sabah - Palace

Posted at 02/19/13 6:35 PM

MANILA - Malacanang said representatives from the Philippines, Malaysia as well as “other parties involved in the incident” in the Sabah standoff are now in talks.

In a press briefing, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said, “what I can tell you today is that discussions are ongoing between Philippine and Malaysian authorities as well as with the other parties involved in the incident.”

She did not give any other details, saying it would be better to wait for the outcome of the talks.

Malacanang is hoping for a peaceful end to the standoff, which started last week.

“Naka-tutok po ang [Department of Foreign Affairs]. Una po, ang ginagawa ng DFA ay ang pakikipag-ugnay sa Malaysia at kung papaano magkakaroon ng mapayapang pagtatapos ang insidenteng ito,” Valte said.

Around 200 Filipinos, who claimed to be from the Crown Prince Rajah Mudah Agbimuddin Kiram, entered Sabah last week after they were supposedly alienated by the government over its Bangsamoro framework deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).