Is there truth to the supposed "disengagement plan" approved by the Sultanate of Sulu to end the bloody Sabah standoff?
The alleged plan involves a possible way out for Rajah Muda Agbimuddin Kiram and his remaining followers in Sabah, Malaysia, as the bloody standoff with Malaysia now enters its first month.
On Monday Bantilan Sultan Esmail Kiram III and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas met at Camp Crame, Quezon City.
After the meeting, they gave separate briefings to reporters.
It was then that Roxas first mentioned disengagement for the Filipinos in Sabah who are currently locked in a bloody stalemate with Malaysian forces.
Esmail did not mention any agreed "disengagement" talks during his press conference held in Makati City in the afternoon of same day.
He said he only put forward "plans and strategies," but did not provide further details, adding that the closed door meeting with the head of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) at his office had the sultan's permission.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday through spokesman Raul Hernandez said that the disengagement plan was already communicated to Malaysia, and they were awaiting their response.
Kiram III said today that his brother only reported to him that they (Esmail and Roxas) just talked.
"That is his report," the sultan said.
"No, no, no," was his report when asked if his brother told him about the supposed disengagement plan.