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    Malaysia’s crackdown on Filipinos starts

    THE Philippine government on Thursday instructed the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) to look into reported abuses committed by Malaysian authorities against Filipino workers in Malaysia.
    Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said it is the duty of the government to protect its citizens, especially if they are facing persecution abroad.
    The Philippines and Malaysia have a long history of friendship and cooperation. The Philippines believes that Malaysian authorities will pay special attention to whatever concern its government will raise.
    For the Malaysian government to act, the Department of Foreign Affairs must lay out the concrete details of the alleged harassment and abuses reportedly committed against Filipino workers, Coloma said.
    Coloma said justice must be served to those who suffered unfairly in the ongoing crackdown in Malaysia.
    “The Department of Foreign Affairs will surely do its task to protect Filipino workers in Malaysia,” he said.
    There were reports of Filipinos being rounded up, thrown to overcrowded jails and forced to admit they were illegal workers. Some of the female migrant workers were sexually abused, according to reports.
    In March last year, the Malaysian government ordered an all-out offensive to flush out the Sulu fighters who occupied an area in Lahad Datu in Sabah.
    A group of armed men intruded Sabah in a bid to reclaim the area they said belongs to the Sulu Sultanate.
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