Deportations not related to Sabah clashes–DOLE

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MANILA, Philippines—Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz on Tuesday clarified that the deportation of some 300 Filipinos from Sabah was not in any way connected to the violent confrontation in the territory between the Malaysian authorities and the followers of Sulu’s Sultan Jamalul Kiram III.

“I was informed by our field officials in Zamboanga that the 289 are regular deportees who came from all over Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia through regular commercial vessels from Sandakan,” said Baldoz.

“In fact, our data shows that 195 deportees from Sandakan, Sabah, arrived on Jan. 6, while another 109 deportees arrived on Jan. 12, bringing the total deportees to 897 this year alone,” she said.

The deportees arrived in Zamboanga on Sunday night. Their transportation expenses were shouldered by the Malaysian government, said Baldoz.

She said the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) already had the template on how to deal with arriving deportees and is “activating it and strengthening it if there will be an influx of deportees.”

According to Baldoz, during the height of the Malaysian crackdown on illegal immigrants in 2005, she had ordered the strengthening of the One-Stop Shop Processing Center (OSSPC) in Mampang, Zamboanga City, to assist Filipino deportees from Sabah.

Malaysian immigration records show that there are 57,500 Filipino workers with work permit in Sabah as of 2010. These Filipinos went to Sabah illegally and did not pass through Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) processing. There are 95,951 more illegal workers registered under the Malaysian’s Operation Bersepadu in 2010.

“The DOLE is ready to help facilitate the smooth arrival of the deportees and we are ready with our reintegration programs and other services. However, we must work in convergence with other national agencies and local government authorities,” Baldoz said.

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  • Rommel St. Jasper

    It is related. Malaysians are pressured that when the worst (for them) happens, these deportees will be effective witnesses against them in the international tribunal for atrocities inflicted on Filipino workers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sang.garudada Sang Garudada

    Bunch of pathetic beggars your nation filipine is eh? a country with vast resources as it is now and none you filipinos have been able to manage it well that your own people have to come to other country to prostitute themselves to earn a living. now that we deport your people the whole country is worried. that is how low you are filipinos. you are underneath our feet like slaves. you need our permission to live.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FLJTDAJBXYODZXD5KAK76UT73Q Nerraw

      Filipinos work in Malaysia because most of the malaysian are mediocre and lazy, they can never make it in their own. Thats why lots of many races in malaysia, including east indian and chinese. Imagine they can’t control 300 men with only 30 are armed. so they kill including women and children, using aircraft, commandos, and lots of batallion. what a joke…
      Hired a filipino architect and engineers to designed their mosques, and places they called a landmark. what a dumb.

      • http://www.facebook.com/sang.garudada Sang Garudada

        filipino cockroaches work in Malaysia, Singapore and the rest of the world except in their own country because Philippine is a country full of failures who could not provide jobs for their people that they have to export their women as whores and prostitute so they can spread their legs for men all over the world so that they can eat, drink and sleep. The joke is on your mother…who was a whore that gave birth to a son of a beetch

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OCEG7V4YNM5ALB6H4RBWTW2WBM Ricardo

        You sound stupider with every new thing you say.

      • idiotsanakmelayu223

        Malaysians are lazy and beacuase of Sabah you become rich that ws owned by Sultan of Sulu, that will reverse once resolved by UN you cannot distort history and facts

    • idiotsanakmelayu223

      see you talk Malaysian Idiots, stupid, look even Indonesians do not like you coz you like to grab and even steal there customs and traditions, Singapore does’t like you also on there eyes you are so pathethis, they look at you a crazy citizen and smelly nationals, they never give respect if they knew you are Malaysians, Filipinos too, you steall and do land grabbing, now who is pathetic?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QCEUSKKXRXXVWN6VMBRY7F43ZU Mangku Kulam

    Madam labor secretary wag mo namang gawing bobo yung mga pilipino sa kasinungalingan mo…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    I blame Gloria for this entire mess!!!!!!! Pnoy….
    my tummy hurts, I blame Gloria!!!!!!!! Pnoy….
    The World of Tanks game is too hard, I blame Gloria!!!!! Pnoy….. 
    It is too windy yesterday, I blame Gloria!!!! Pnoy……..
    Discrimination in Malaysia is the fault of Gloria!!!!! Pnoy…………….

  • Ari Putan

    NOW THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT TELLING FILIPINOS THE TRUTH….
    IS IT A SIGN OF FEAR ???

  • Hey_Dudes

    These deportees should camp out on King Kiram and Princess Cinderella mansion in Taguig, Rizal.  They are the reason why they were deported so King Kiram should support these jobless Filipinos.

  • disqus_EWrSdjV1nv

    a government worse than gma. gma goons are only thieves. these gma replacement are traitors and liars and thieves.

    trillianes included.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    malaysian ugly force will out in sabah soon very ugly looks bangladeshi

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