Self-anointed Philippine ‘sultan’ dies

AFP-JIJI

A self-proclaimed Philippine sultan whose followers launched a bloody incursion into the Malaysian state of Sabah earlier this year died of organ failure at a Manila hospital Sunday, his wife said.

Jamalul Kiram III, 75 — who described himself as the “Sultan of Sulu” after a group of islands in the southern Philippines — passed away at a government hospital but remained defiant to the end, his wife, Fatima Kiram, said. “The sultan died a poor but honorable man,” she said, adding that his fight to reclaim Sabah as part of the sultanate’s territory would continue. She said, however, this did not mean renewed violence, adding that the family was willing to enter into negotiations with Malaysia.