Over 2,000 Pinoys deported from Sabah since February
Over 100 more Filipinos arrived in Zamboanga City on Wednesday night after they were deported by the Malaysian government for illegally staying in Sabah, GMA News' JP Soriano reported on Saksi on Thursday.
The report said among those deported were victims of human traffickers who used the porous borders in southern Philippines to smuggle out Filipino workers en route to the Middle East.
"Nung nasa Malaysia na kami, pina-check in kami sa hotel, so doon na kami nadatnan ng immigration. Dun na kami nahuli," a female deportee who was recruited to work as a domestic helper in Saudi Arabia said.
The report said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) was on hand to provide food, medical assistance and transportation money to the deportees.
The city government, meanwhile, is aware that foreign terrorists may take advantage of the situation to go to the Philippines.
"We have also to process the repatriates coming in because nakikita po natin yung risk of terroristic activities being done. Baka maipuslit din sila," said Mayor Beng Climaco.
The report said a total of 2,000 Filipinos have been deported from Sabah since February this year. —KBK, GMA News