ARMM girds for return of illegals


Acting ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

COTABATO CITY, Philippines—The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) is preparing a contingency plan in anticipation of another massive exodus from Malaysia after Kuala Lumpur’s deportation warning involving nearly a million undocumented migrants, more than half of them Muslim Filipinos.

The expected influx of refugees became the center of discussion at the two-day ARMM strategic action planning workshop, which started Thursday, according to ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman.

The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur earlier reported to Malacañang that the Malaysian government has started a crackdown on some 889,000 undocumented foreign nationals, more than 600,000 of which are Filipinos.

Of the Filipinos with illegal status, the majority are from the ARMM areas, according to ARMM Executive Secretary Laisa Masuhud-Alamia.

Alamia said that based on data from embassy officials, only about 200,000 Filipinos in Malaysia possess valid travel documents.

She said Malacañang recently asked the ARMM government to prepare a contingency plan for the expected massive deportation of undocumented Filipino migrants.

The last time Kuala Lumpur forcibly sent home Filipinos was during the crackdown on undocumented workers in Sabah following the intrusion of the Royal Sulu Armed Forces in March.

About 10,000 Filipinos, some of whom carry Malaysian identification cards, were sent back to the Philippines. Charlie Señase, Inquirer Mindanao

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  • Guest15

    600,000 people approximates the population of Makati City or Taguig City. The government could start to plan to build a new town or city maybe in Sulu or Basilan province.

    • Bos Duit

      those 600,000 should ask for some handout and help relief from sultan kiram in taguig.

  • Carlos B. Bacho

    600,000 mUSLIm ILLeGAL MUST be PIG

    • opinon only

      why do you write like that? what’s wrong with you retard. carlos bacho…sounds spanish….why do you look asian….you must be lost…do you know who you are? i bet your ancestors didn’t have spanish names….your a douche

      • Carlos B. Bacho

        LonG LIVES theh PHIlippine peoples! DEatH TO the CHINesE tHE INDIans and THE MUSLiMS!!!

        I CarloS BACho doN’t wANT TO Take guD IDeas to MY GRaVE

  • Alex Alvarez

    Sabah is their home….

    • hello stupids

      more than 600,000 of which are Filipinos.

      Sabah is Malaysia

  • hello stupids

    wow the Muslims is getting stronger in Philippines
    give them training and support and supply and make them proud
    more than 600,000 of which are Filipinos.coming home…hurray

  • blogger

    If they are undocumented migrants, it is hard to tell if the 600,000 people are really Filipino citizens. Some of them might be Indonesians or Malaysians themselves but with no paper.

  • Meow Ming

    After being used in election and promised to be given a citizenship.

  • kismaytami

    Take them, train them, and inspire them to take back the land which is inherently theirs… Sabah.

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