The Sultanate of Sulu is pursuing the case against the alleged Malaysian hit squad that allegedly sneaked into the Philippines to assassinate Sultan Jamalul Kiram III and others.
Abraham J. Idjirani, spokesman of the sultanate, said they are not letting go of the plot, saying that it has already been referred to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
He said Pastor "Boy" Saycon, human rights lawyer Leonard de Vera, and lawyer Mario Lozada, who spilled the beans on the plot, went to the NBI, bringing along an affidavit.
Idjirani said that "the sultan and I are being represented by Boy Saycon and Atty. de Vera in the filing of the complaint."
Idjirani revealed n Tuesday that a military colonel and four commandos from Malaysia had entered the Philippines along with three Filipino recruits from Quezon province to form the hit squad.
He identified the hit squad's leader as a certain "Colonel Sunny Ng," who had a lunch with another Malaysian, a certain "Kenneth Lee," at a posh and exclusive restaurant in a mall complex in Villamor Air Base, Pasay City.
After learning of the assassination plot, Lozada quickly informed Saycon, said Idjirani. Saycon and Lozada are friends and has professional ties, he added.
When asked for his reaction the other day if he was afraid, the sultan took it lightly, saying "I am not afriad."
"Why should I be afraid, I have not seen them yet. If I see them, I will just run," Kiram, holding his knees, said.
Kiram asked the NBI, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to investigate the so-called plot to eliminate him and others.
"(That is) unless they believe we are foreigners. No, we are Filipinos," he said.
He said the alleged plot could even fuel to the fire to the Sabah standoff.
"It will not stop. It will worsen. Possibly everybody will come in," he added.
The sultan said if the hit squad should succeed, "Somehow I will rise up and go after them."
Saycon, a friend for 16 years and adviser to the sultan, confirmed to the news media the plot's existence.