KUALA LUMPUR - President Benigno Aquino on Friday thanked the Malaysian government for sparing Filipinos from the crackdown on undocumented foreign workers in the country.
"So we thank them that they... parang they were very selective," Aquino said. "They were very conscious of what the negative effects are if they sent all of them back at the same time."
Aquino said after the Lahad Datu incident, a significant number of Filipinos in Malaysia could have just been deported.
"Di ba, in one movement, eh we're talking of hundreds of thousands, which would have impacted on their lives," he said.
"Their economy is in Mindanao and actually the Philippine economy. How do you address generating employment for hundreds of thousands and at least a couple of hundred thousands?" said Aquino.