Feb. 15, 2013
-- Jolo, Sulu - Ampun Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram, 35th Sultan of Sulu, son of Ampun Moh. Mahakuttah A. Kiram (last recognised Sultan of Sulu by t ethe Philippine government under Presidential Memorandum Order 427 issued in 1974 by the President of the Philippines, H.E. Ferdinand Marcos), 34th Sultan of Sulu and grandson of Ampun Esmail E. Kiram, 33rd Sultan of Sulu, is aware that early in the morning of Tuesday February 12, about 100-200 armed men and a handful of women boarded speedboats on Simunul Island in Tawi-Tawi, Philippines and left for Lahad Datu, a coastal area in Sabah in Northern Borneo. These men and women are led by Datu Ajbimuddin Kiram, a younger brother of one of the many self-styled and illegitimate "Sultans of Sulu" and has nothing to do with the legitimate Sultan of Sulu or the royal family.
Ampun Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram unequivocally condemns these actions of the false claimants.
Currently, there are approximately 60 people that claim this title and none of them legitimate. The only legitimate Sultan of Sulu is Ampun Muedzul-Lail Tan Kiram, 35th Sultan of Sulu, who lives in Jolo, Sulu. The legitimate Sultan is a peaceful man who has a close relationship with the Philippine Marine Corps detachment based on the island and work together to ensure the safety of the local people and region.