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March 13, 2013

Sulu Princess battles Malaysians online

Southeast Asian land dispute enters the Twittersphere.


Princess Jacel (L), daughter of Jamalul Kiram III, Sultan of the Philippine island-province of Sulu, who claims the eastern state of Sabah as part of his sultanate, during a press conference in Taguig City, south of Manila, Philippines, 02 March 2013. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

The ongoing conflict between Malaysian security forces and an armed Filipino group entered cyberspace on Wednesday, when Princess Jacel Kiram, the daughter of the self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu, opened a Twitter account. The conflict began last month when the Sultan arrived in the Malaysian state of Sabah to stake what he says is his family's ancient claim to the region.