PNoy: No reports of rights abuse vs Pinoys in Malaysia

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 19 2014 04:44 PM | Updated as of Feb 20 2014 12:44 AM

MANILA - President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday said he has yet to receive reports on alleged human rights abuses committed against Filipino workers in Malaysia.

When asked to react to reports of alleged inhumane treatment of Filipinos in Malaysia, Aquino said that Malaysia has been assisting in the deportation of Filipinos with no valid work permits.

"Ang klaro sa akin, may mga dine-deport sila na parang wala raw kaukulang mga work permits, na bilang ng 140 o 150 plus na grupo; hindi naman ginawang daan-daang libo o daang libo 'yung dating naiisip. Parang inaalalayan din tayo sa pagbabalik ng ating mga kababayan na di umano'y lumabag sa kanilang mga batas," Aquino said.

Meantime, he said lawyers are also assisting Filipinos who were detained after going to Lahad Datu last year to assert the country's claim over Sabah.

"So wala pa akong nakitang pruweba nitong alleged human rights violations. Walang nai-report sa atin ang kaukulang ahensiya ng gobyerno, ng DFA, at pinapaalala sa atin parati, pati doon sa mga nasa Lahad Datu e, represented sila by counsel. So ongoing ang trial nila. So pinapangalagaan din natin ang karapatan nila through fair and due process," he said.

The situation of Filipinos in Lahad Datu will be part of the agenda of President Aquino's meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak when Aquino visits Malaysia next week.

"Palagay ko ikokonsulta na rin natin 'yung kalagayan ng ating mga kababayan na nagpunta doon sa Lahad Datu na incident," Aquino said.

The Philippine claim on Sabah however will not be discussed.

"Sabah is not part of the agenda. Maraming topics syempre 'yung bilateral relations sa atin. 'Yung increase in 'yung trade, 'yung commerce. Pero marami rin silang inalok na itutulong, lalo na doon sa Bangsamoro," Aquino said.

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), he said, wishes to work with Malaysia's Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) to assist in livelihood activities.