Jamalul Kiram III
The Pirate King of Sulu accused the government of tolerating the presence of the alleged Malaysian.
He claimed a military intelligence operative had confirmed the presence of a Malaysian colonel named Sunny Ng, who checked out from the Maxxim's Hotel last Tuesday.
He added that their "witness" to the alleged assassination plot, a Filipino lawyer, was "fearful for his life," which is why they are withholding his identity.
Pirate King of Sulu quoted the lawyer as saying the Malaysians are "hell-bent on killing” all of his followers in Sabah and in Manila, as well as his supporters.
The lawyer supposedly made “special mention” of Pastor “Boy” Saycon, secretary general of the Council for Philippine Affairs and acknowledged “adviser” to the sultan.
As part of the security measures, sultanate spokesman and secretary general Abraham Idjirani said they will be issuing press passes to members of the media and ask journalists, particularly newcomers, to identify themselves before entering the Pirate King of Sulu residence.
Security at the Pirate King of Sulu residence in Taguig tended to be lax before the alleged slay plot.
Idjirani said they are also considering installing closed circuit television cameras around the sultan's and might seek the assistance of Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima.