More than 200 displaced Filipinos arrive in Tawi-Tawi PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 March 2013 10:41

Over 200 Filipinos, displaced by the fighting between the followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III and Malaysian security forces in Sabah, arrived in Tawi-Tawi late Tuesday.

The 233 refugees were transported by the Coast Guard’s BRP Edsa Dos (SAR-002) which docked at Bongao Pier also in Tawi-Tawi.

One of them even gave birth aboard the ship.

Major Harold Cabunoc, an officer of the Army’s civic military office, said 108 of 233 evacuees are children.

“One woman who arrived from Sabah has 13 children. One of her young daughters has a four-month-old child,” he added.

Representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health and Philippine Red Cross were on hand to welcome the passengers.

Many Filipinos fled Sabah since Malaysian security forces started offensive operations against Kiram’s followers last March 5.

The offensives stemmed from deadly clashes between Kiram’s followers and Malaysian forces March 1 and 2.