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Government to ensure welfare of Filipinos amid Malaysia’s crackdown on illegal workers January 23, 2014

From the Website of the President

Government to ensure welfare of Filipinos amid Malaysia’s crackdown on illegal workers January 23, 2014

Malacanang made an assurance on Thursday that it will instruct the Department of Foreign Affairs to investigate the alleged abuses being committed by Malaysian authorities against Filipinos working in Malaysia.

In a press briefing in Malacanang, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said it is the duty of the government to protect its citizens especially if they are facing persecution aboard.

The Philippines and Malaysia have a long history of friendship and cooperation, Coloma said adding he believes Malaysian authorities will pay special attention to whatever concern the Philippine government will raise.

“Mahaba ang kasaysayan ng pagkakaibigan at kooperasyon sa pagitan ng Malaysia at ng Pilipinas. Katulad ng nabanggit, sila ang tumatayo ngayong facilitator ng ating peace talks hinggil sa Bangsamoro,” Coloma said.

“Siguro ay makatwirang sabihin na sila ay nakikinig sa ating mga inilalahad sa kanila at wala naman pong kasaysayan na sila ay hindi nagbigay atensyon sa mga diplomatic concerns na ating inilahad sa kanilang pamahalaan,” he added.

For the Malaysian government to act, the Department of Foreign Affairs must lay out the concrete details of the alleged harassment and abuses reportedly committed against Filipino workers, the Palace official said.

Coloma said justice must be served to those who suffered unfairly in the ongoing crackdown in Malaysia.
“Ang atin pong Department of Foreign Affairs ay tiyak na gagawin ang lahat ng nararapat para mabigyan ng katarungan ‘yung diumano’y pananakit o paggawa ng karahasan laban sa ating mga mamamayan dahil hindi naman ito talaga dapat na maganap,” he said.
“Ganoon din sa ating bansa, tinatrato natin nang may paggalang ang mga mamamayan ng ibang bansa, dapat lang na ganoon din ang kanilang pagtrato sa ating mga mamamayan. Tinitiyak po natin na gagawin ang lahat ng nararapat para magawaran ng katarungan ang inilahad ng ating kasama rito.”

There were reports of Filipinos being rounded up, thrown to overcrowded jails and forced to admit they were illegal workers. Some of the female migrant workers were sexually abused, according to reports. 

In March last year, the Malaysian government ordered an all-out offensive to flush out the Sulu fighters who occupied an area in Lahad Datu in Sabah.

A group of armed men intruded Sabah in a bid to reclaim the area they said belongs to the Sulu Sultanate.

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