Escudero tells gov’t: Look after Filipinos in Sabah

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Sen. Chiz Escudero: Prioritize Filipinos’ welfare residing in Sabah. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The government should prioritize the welfare of Filipinos in Sabah by playing its diplomacy card well in the ongoing standoff between armed followers of the Sultan of Sulu and Malaysian forces, Sen. Chiz Escudero said Tuesday.

“The immediate concern of the government should be the welfare of Filipinos who were born and raised in Sabah which is the bigger humanitarian issue that must be addressed through diplomatic channels,” Escudero said in a press statement.

Filipinos living in Sabah are reportedly subject to frequent exploitation by Malaysian authorities since they are considered illegal immigrants, the senator said.

Escudero urged the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to set up a representative office in Sabah to document Filipinos who are stateless and thus deprived of social services from both the Malaysian and Philippine governments.

“The welfare of our countrymen who consider Sabah as their homeland should be the focus of the government’s negotiations with the Malaysian

government,” Escudero said.

He added that Filipinos in Sabah pose a unique diplomatic dilemma for the government since the decision to maintain a status quo, which favors the good relations between the Philippines and Malaysia, leaves open questions on the fate of our countrymen born and raised in it.

The government should pursue negotiations with Malaysia over the residency status of Filipinos living in Sabah who are considered “undocumented aliens” by the Malaysian government.

The government’s continued engagement with the Malaysian government is critical in the face of the possible escalation of the standoff after Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram said his followers are not planning to leave Sabah as ordered by the Malaysian authorities, Escudero said.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZPXEAA2H26IGYVHRE2VG6XRHQU raymundor

    To avoid conflict, the Malaysian Government must pay taxes to Sultanate of Sulu who are the real owner of Sabah. The people of Sabah should also show respect to the Sultanate of Sulu.. 

  • kentjohn

    MR ESCUDERO AND ALL THE SENATORS SHOULD VIEW THERE SENTIMENTS WITH THIS PRESENT CRISIS AND STANDOFF IN SABAH. PRESSURE THE MALACANANG THERE STAND AND PROTECT THIS FELLOW FILIPINO WHO ARE NOW REFUSING TO LEAVE SABAH BECAUSE OF THERE VALID CLAIM.THEY WANT ONLY TO SHOW THE WORLD THAT THE SULTAN IS THE RIGHTFULL OWNER OF SABAH AND OUR GOVT. WILL BE BEHIND THEM AND PURSUE THERE CLAIM TO UNITED NATION.

  • rodcah

    Tama ka nga diyan Escudero, puro kalang sakay. Sa Sabah sakay ka. Sa Una sakay ka. Sa team Pinoy sakay ka,. Kay Gloria Labandera sakay ka . kay Heart Evang sakay ka rin, pero sa Orig mong asawa kumalas ka. Questionable ang personality mo. Yan ang KASAYsayan mo. Huwag natin iboto ito at saka iyong kasama niyang si Loren Legs Poe. Ano kong anak ka ni FPJ?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D7SCP6VWAKPLCZHNTIVPQRC6LY Gibo

      Ok naman yung “look after welfare of Tausugs in Sabah”.

      Ang ayaw ko lang kay Escudero is puro showbiz. Hiniwalayan pa niya asawa niya. Wala naman siyang konkretung nagawa sa Senado. Puro lang luto luto with Kris.
      Pweee hindi mo ka level sila Senator Mirriam at Enrile.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AO6VKORVP6RF3NJ2OW74M3YTXA Jojo

    bkit kya hindi man lamang puntahan sa sabah at  ma-coverage ng malalaking estasyon natin  ng tv at magagaling nating newscaster ang  ngyayari ngaun sa sabah …BAAKKIITTT!!!!may pinipili po ba kau ng i-cocoverage o takot lang???

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/36O4ZGE5JY24XE4XQOXBM6O4WE Klepto

    Eto lang masabi ko: Mag supsupan na lang ng uten etong si Escudero at Trillianes
    Sino kaya sa dalawa ang mas mahaba ang uten o di kaya supot pa?

    Pero mas maganda siguro kung titirahin ni Chiz si Abnoy sa puwet habang labas-pasuk naman ang uten ni Trillianes sa bunganga ni Abnoy. Parang 3-some ba ang dating.

  • bisdakis

    Mag artista ka nalang Chiz. Bagay sa yo! heheheehehheh

  • Albert Einstien

    bakit naman LOOK lang ang KAYA mong GAWIN para sa bayan..ang DALDAL mo e yan ba lang kaya mo sen chiz…BAKIT HINDI di ka NagFILE ng bill sa senado para sa FORMAL SABAH CLAIM?

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    we have to support the pilipinos there
    in their own homeland

    1. malaysia to increase to $10 million per year rent
    to be used both sides of the border

    2. bangsa moro to support the sultanate

    3. sovereignty issue to be set aside in the meantime
    in exchange for the commercial transaction in no. 1

    4. philippine government gives the sultanate
    power to negotiate but
    concurrence power is reserved

    5. money in no.1 will be used for development
    led and managed by the sultanate

    6. brunei as mediator

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