MANILA (AFP) – A self-proclaimed Philippine sultan whose followers launched a bloody incursion into the Malaysian state of Sabah earlier this year died of organ failure in a Manila hospital on 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 honourable man,” she told AFP, adding that his fight to reclaim Sabah as part of the sultanate’s territory would continue.
“His last words to all his brothers and followers were, ‘It has already begun. Let us continue it for the good of our people. Do not abandon our people,'” she quoted him as saying.
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