By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
‘It is not enough for the Aquino government to say that the abuses are unacceptable, there must be proactive measures to protect Filipinos.’ –Migrante
To many Filipinos in the southern Philippines, Sabah represents salvation. Beckoned by the vast palm-oil plantations in the Malaysian state, they go there in droves seeking employment that they could not find in their homeland. Once there, however, many of them are confronted with the reality of neglect and abuse that is far brutal than the one they had left behind.
A fact-finding mission in Zamboanga City documented the inhumane treatment experienced by Filipino deportees from Sabah, Malaysia. BY ANGIE DE LARA MIGRANT WATCH Bulatlat A fact-finding mission led by Migrante International was held Oct. 2 to 5 to look into the conditions of Filipino deportees from Sabah. Participants in the mission included Gabriela Women’s Party,…