• Sabah standoff report not final – NBI


    NATIONAL Bureau of Investigation (NBI) chief Nonnatus Rojas on Wednesday clarified that the bureau’s report about the Sabah standoff in February is not yet official and still has to be reviewed before it could be finalized.

    The Investigation chief said that they still have to look into the report of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police and the Department of Justice before they release the official version of the report which will be submitted to President Benigno Aquino 3rd by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima after reviewing it.

    Rojas made the announcement after a series of report regarding the recommendations of the results of the probe leaked to the press. Rojas emphasized that they are still in the process of finalizing the official joint report and no recommendation is final yet.

    In earlier reports, it was said that the Investigation bureau suggested that the Sultan Jamalul Kiram of Sulu be charged along with some members of his family for staging a standoff with Malaysian forces after they assert their claim for Sabah.

    On Tuesday, NBI submitted its final report regarding its investigation over the Sabah standoff to Department of Justice (DOJ).

    De Lima, in earlier reports, said that she will review the report and will give it personally to President Aquino 3rd himself before they divulge the contents of the said report to the public.

    The Sabah standoff began in February when Kiram’s men went to Sabah to claim it after Sultan Kiram said that Sabah was part of the Philippines and the Sulu sultanate. Malaysian troops and Kiram men started a series of fighting in Sabah after the incident until it was stopped in by the end of March.


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