Bon Voyage For 400 Filipino Migrants Given The One-Way Ticket Home

One batch of illegal immigrants on board a bus taking them to the Sandakan port prior to deportation to Zamboanga. - Photo credit
One batch of illegal immigrants on board a bus taking them to the Sandakan port prior to deportation to Zamboanga. – Photo credit Sabah National Security Council

SANDAKAN: Four-hundred illegal Filipino immigrants were Tuesday repatriated through the port of Sandakan to Zamboanga, the Philippines.

Rodzi Md Saad
Rodzi Md Saad

Sabah National Security Council director Datuk Rodzi Md Saad said the repatriation exercise began at 6pm using the vessel MV Lady Mary Joy 3.

He said it involved illegal immigrants, aged between one and 60, who were detained at the Sandakan Temporary Detention Centre.

“These efforts demonstrate the government’s seriousness in addressing the problem of illegal immigrants in the country,” he said in a statement.

He said the repatriation exercise was delayed for more than a month because the vessel MV Danica Joy 2 which was scheduled to be used for the repatriation, sank in the port of Zamboanga on Sept 22.

Waiting to board the
Waiting to board the MV Lady Mary Joy that would take them home to Zamboanga.