Sultan Kiram didn't listen to PNoy: Mar

Posted at 03/01/2013 1:11 PM

MANILA - Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel "Mar" Roxas said the Kiram clan should have listened to the President when he appealed to Sultan Jamalul Kiram III to order his followers to leave Sabah.

An exchange of fire occurred between
the royal army and Malaysian police authorities Friday morning in Lahad Datu town where Kiram's followers have been holed up since February 12.

"Malinaw na malinaw 'no. With all due respect sa pamilya Kiram, malinaw na malinaw ang plano ng gobyerno. Matagal nang sinasabi ng gobyerno na pauwiin na natin ang ating mga kababayan dun. Eh matigas ang ulo. Ayaw makinig 'no," Roxas told radio dzMM.

Roxas also said that with the reported shooting incident in Sabah, this is not the right time to argue on who should reach out first.

"Hindi na ito ang panahon para magpataasan pa, etc. Ang Pangulo na mismo ang nagsalita. Nagpadala na ang Pangulo ng emisaryo sa kanila; ayaw nila paniwalaan," he said.

"Nakasalaysay ang buhay ng ating mga kababayan doon. This is not the time for 'yung tinatawag na playing chicken, kung sino ba unang magbi-blink o unang kukurap," he added.

RADIO DZMM, March 1, 2013