Sunday, August 14, 2011
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Aug. 14, 2011) – Malaysia has deported over 100 illegal Filipinos arrested in the oil-rich state of Sabah near the southern Philippine border.
The Filipinos arrived by boat in the port city of Zamboanga late on Saturday. They were brought to a temporary government shelter where social workers would interview them before sending them back home.
Among those deported were women and children, and that some of the Filipinos are suffering from various diseases. They were jailed for several months in Sabah while awaiting deportation proceedings.
Despite the continuing crackdown by Malaysian immigration authorities against illegal workers and immigrants, many jobless Filipinos still cross the border illegally in search for works in palm plantations and construction sites in Sabah even without travel papers.
Philippine authorities have apprehended and intercepted hundreds of people duped by illegal recruiters or trafficked by syndicates in Zamboanga City and Tawi-Tawi province in recent years, but still many are trying their luck because of lack of job opportunities in the country. (Mindanao Examiner)