MANILA - Nearly 1,000 Filipinos have fled parts of Sabah, Malaysia amid a police crackdown on sympathizers of Raja Muda Agbimuddin Kiram who continues to evade arrest in Lahad Datu.
Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman said 432 people have arrived since Friday and another 512 individuals on Sunday.
"They were working but have no legal documents to stay there. They are fearful of being asked by Malaysian authorities because authorities are looking for sympathizers [of Kiram]," she told [email protected]
Soliman said social workers have yet to document stories of evacuees who allegedly suffered abuse at the hands of Malaysian authorities.
"There are stories of harassment only in terms of getting scared but we still have to find the people who have been interviewed by the newspapers and say they have seen and experienced violation of their human rights. We want to get that documented right now," she said.
[email protected], March 11, 2013