Filipinos in Sabah evacuation camps get relief from PH


Residents of Tanjung Labian gather at the evacuation centre in Embara Budi near where the Malaysian troop launched an assault against armed Filipino gunmen in Tanduo village on March 8, 2013. AFP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Unable to gain direct access to Filipinos displaced by the conflict in Sabah, members of a humanitarian mission from the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia are coursing relief goods though community leaders manning  evacuation centers, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Friday.

The DFA said the team, led by Renato Villa, turned over on March 20 food packs and relief goods for Filipinos at four evacuation centers located at the Felda (Federal Land Development Authority) Sahabat area in Lahad Datu.

The relief goods were received by Alia Asfa, a community leader at the Embara Budi evacuation center whose mother is Filipino-born, and evacuation center officials. There are around 1,500 evacuees in the four Felda evacuation centers.

The packages contain rice, canned sardines, noodles and sugar and hygiene kits.

The humanitarian/consular team also processed and issued travel documents and passport extensions to Filipinos there.

“Full access to the Filipinos in the evacuation centers has yet to be given by Malaysian authorities to the humanitarian/consular team,” the DFA said in a statement.

In Tawau, the DFA said, the humanitarian/consular team assigned there processed 348 travel documents for Filipinos who expressed a desire to be repatriated, and is making arrangements for their repatriation to the Philippines.

The DFA said the embassy continues to extend consular services and assistance to Filipino nationals in Sabah.

Two officials from the embassy, including Vice Consul Francis Herrera, arrived from Kuala Lumpur early this week, and joined the humanitarian/consular team in Lahad Datu, specifically to provide passports and travel documents to Filipinos who wish to return to the Philippines.

“Despite the challenges, our humanitarian/consular teams are deeply committed to providing assistance to our nationals in Sabah. One of the most important pillars of Philippine foreign policy is assistance to nationals, and we are working double time in providing it to them,” the DFA quoted Philippine Ambassador Eduardo Malaya as saying.

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  • walang pakundangan

    ipakita ninyo na mayaman naman talaga ang pinas para hindi kayo maliiitin ng kapitbahay nyo na mayaman kuno. i welcome nyo ang uuwi bigyan ng bahay at trabaho…..kaya iyan maraming pera ang pinas galing sa OFW

    • tadokapurpledaisy

      yes doon sila humingi ke kirat . because of his stupidity, gagastos na naman ang gobyerno. let kirat pay for all this mess. stupid megalomaniac. now, his brothers are suffering, displaced and sent home by malaysia. it is all his fault, embecile kirat.

      • frank

        get lost dude…

      • tadokapurpledaisy

        you get lost. kirat sympathizer.

      • frank

        people of sulu sultanate sympathizer po… for your correction

      • Kancer Ninth

        if the kirams never send those armed groups over, nobody would give a hoot a bout the legal status of the pinoys there and they might be able to go around their lives and apply for a citizenship.

        after what had happen. no way!

        a true malaysian fact.

  • Hey_Dudes

    Nice to know the country (Philippines) has finally awaken and taking the right entry into an otherwise no win situation. Issues as critical as this will never achieve desired result if one or two parties to the dispute have nothing to bring to the peace table but smoke in their nostrils and guns ready to fire. Philippines, in this one sided affair, must know the difficulties non-combatants and innocent passers-by now corralled by Malaysian authorities in evacuees centers must be suffering from. Diplomacy intense and full swing must be exercised by the Philippines in order that it’s innocent nationals all victims of this unfortunate misadventure by Kiram are assisted in their daily life survival until Malaysia decides to have deported back to the country.

    • Kancer Ninth

      sorry, its time the illegals comply by our rules or they have to go home. they are causing too much trouble for us which are not taking sides as, and its time they should realize that by remaining there they ll always be the subject of oppression & exploitation since their status there are officially illegals which can only be corrected ASAP by the outcome of a conflict.

      and besides, even if they manage to usurp sabah. imagine the scale of genocide that would be declared legally by radical islamists against those which cannot accept syaria and a sultan in borneo.

      imagine hows life gonna be like if the islamists sacked Manila. thats how its gonna be in Sabah.

  • tadokapurpledaisy

    blame kirat for this mess.

  • misuari playboy

    where is the sultan to care for his displaced people? jamalul kiram is only a greedy oldman but he is no leader.

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    malaysian greedy the land is for our people

    • uncleSeekers

      centuries ago sultan of brunei offered north part of the borneo to the sulu if they help brunei defeated enemies of the civil war..but the sulu didnt show up. So no land was given..only the sulu kept claiming the land as theirs..pfft
      read it in The Brunei Times

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