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The progressive partylist Bayan Muna is calling on President Aquino to act in order to alleviate the rampant human rights abuses being perpetrated on Filipinos in Sabah:
The announcement of the Malaysian Government to relocate villagers in order to differentiate them from Filipinos is alarming because this might lead to human rights violations against Filipinos who have been living in Sabah for years now. This was expressed by Bayan Muna Rep. Neri Colmenares today upon learning of the news.
“This reminds us of the hamletting done during the Martial Law days where people were forced to leave their homes ang livelihood – their communities eventually becoming war zones. The Philippine government must be alarmed of the plan of the Malaysian Government to hamlet villagers in Sabah to isolate the Filipinos for them to be able to arrest ‘intruders’ referring particulary to members of the Royal Army. Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos who have been living and working in Sabah are in danger. The President must do something to protect the Filipinos in Sabah. Human Rights groups should also be allowed in to document human rights violations,” said Rep. Colmenares.
Sabah is home to more than 3 million people, about 800,000 of whom are Filipinos who went to Malaysia to look for jobs.
The statement by a Malaysian Maj. Gen. named Zulkiflee Mazlan was reportedly issued after the deaths of two children and the wounding of another boy by Malaysian security forces. “The Malaysian Government forces have been committing human rights violations not only to our fellow Filipinos but also to their own citizens. Our fellow Filipinos who evacuated from Sabah because of the increasing tension there have either experienced or witnessed such human rights violations and because of Malaysia’s continuing campaign against the Royal Army, they are bound to commit graver abuses against Filipinos,” said Rep. Colmenares. “There have been eight Filipinos charged with terrorism-related offenses punishable by death sentence. What is PNoy waiting for? Our fellow Filipinos have to be protected from the madness of the Malaysian government.”
“This is really alarming. Pres. Noynoy must act as a President to the Filipino citizens, here and abroad. He is accountable to everyone of us especially to our fellow citizens who have been living and working abroad because of the lack of employment opportunities in their own country, ” he ended.