Sultan Jamalul Kiram 3rd of the Sultanate of Sulu and North Borneo passed away on Sunday morning at the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) in Quezon City.
Sultanate Spokesman Abraham Idjirani said the Sultan died of to kidney failure at 4:42 a.m. He was 75.
In an interview on radio dzMM, the sultan’s daughter, Princess Jacel Kiram, said he was supposed to undergo dialysis when his blood pressure dropped drastically.
The sultan was rushed to the PHC where he died.
Sultan Kiram had launched a campaign to reclaim Sabah from Malaysia.
In February, his brother, Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram, on the sultan’s orders, led several hundred fighters of the Royal Security Forces (RSF) to Sabah to occupy the town of Lahad Datu.
Malaysian security forces ousted Kiram’s fighters after a month of bloody clashes.
Princess Jacel said even if the Sultan had passed away, they will still continue the fight to regain Sabah from the Malaysian govenment.
“What he wants is for us to pursue the Sabah case. We have to continue fighting for the Filipino people,” she added.
Kiram’s remains will be brought to his residence at Maharlika Village in Taguig City.
Idjirani said the family will decide where to bury the Sultan.
Princess Jacel said the family would like to bury the sultan in Maimbung, Sulu, within 24 hours.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO