However, the Malaysian government claimed that they were likely Bangsamoro rebels and had no involvement. The Indonesian government joined the blame against Malaysia, having already declared war with them twelve days prior.
Prior to the conflict, the Philippine National Police and the Mindanao Constabulary had reported high Malaysian activity near the southern Philippines. The Filipino army dismissed the Mindanao Constabulary's warnings, and claimed that Malaysians may just be preparing to tighten their defenses against a possible Indonesian or Bangsamoro attack. The skirmish had forced the Philippines to enter the Borneo War against Malaysia, opening up the Sulu Front. The Philippines originally intended on independently entering the war with no involvement with Indonesia or the independence movement in Sarawak. However, they eventually ended up forming a loose coalition with Indonesia, with the intent of exhausting Malaysia to surrender Borneo.
The Philippine entrance into the war originally started out with the intent of retaliating for what they deemed as Malaysian attack on Philippine soil, but eventually the attention turned into the Philippine invasion of Sabah.
About 131 Filipinos were killed in the attack, about another 313 injured. About 21 Filipino policemen and 5 constables were killed, 11 injured in the standoff.