ZAMBOANGA CITY, Zamboanga del Sur, Philippines — Malaysia has begun the deportation of more than 5,000 Filipinos from Sabah with the first batch of almost 400 arriving in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, on Saturday.
Ivan Eric Salvador, information officer of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Zamboanga regional office, said the group of 394 was the first of 14 batches, totaling 5,300 people, that will be arriving over the next two weeks.
Salvador said 306 Tawi-Tawi residents of the 384 disembarked the MV Antonia at Bongao on Saturday while the remaining 88 proceeded to Zamboanga City before heading to their hometowns on Sunday.
Of the 88, Salvador said 12 were from Z…
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