12:24 pm | Friday, March 8th, 2013
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—Navy Capt. Rene Yongque of Task Force 62 in Tawi-Tawi confirmed to the Inquirer that a Navy patrol boat has intercepted two motorboats loaded with some 80 people entering the Philippine waters from Sabah.
Yongque said Navy personnel aboard patrol ship Auxiliary Transport AT 291 spotted the two moto rlaunches around 9 a.m. Friday and were now escorting the boats to Bongao in Tawi-Tawi.
Yongque said those intercepted were Filipinos fleeing the Sabah violence and were not followers of Sultan Jamalul Kiram III.
“They will immediately be turned over to the Task Force Basulta on Sabah Crisis for processing. I repeat, they are not armed nor they are followers of Kiram.They are just ordinary people.” he said.
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