• 9 Filipinos arrested in Malaysia crackdown

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    NINE Filipinos were apprehended in Malaysia following the start of the government’s crackdown on illegal foreign workers, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Thursday.

    DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez said that eight were caught in Labuan Federal Authority while one was arrested in Bintulu, Sarawak.

    “We continue to closely monitory the situation. We also wish to reiterate our call for our kababayans in Malaysia to fully complete their immigration documentation and always carry proper identification documents,” he added.

    Earlier this week, Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Eduardo Malaya warned Filipinos of the current operations there by immigration authorities and other government agencies personnel.

    Malaya said that since the crackdown started on September 1, the Malaysian government has apprehended 2,433 illegal workers, including 717 from Indonesia and 555 from Myanmar.

    Bernice Camille V. Bauzon

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