900,000 in Philippines (2000 SIL), increasing. 250,000 monolinguals. Population total all countries: 1,062,000.
Jolo, Sulu Archipelago; Palawan island; Basilan island, Zamboanga city and environs. Also in Indonesia, Malaysia.
3 (Wider communication).
Vigorous. Mapun, Central Sama, Balangingi, Pangutaran Sama, Southern Sama, and Yakan speak it as L2. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes.