The Malaysian government is set to deport 400 undocumented Filipinos Tuesday afternoon and are Covid free, authorities in Kota Kinabalu claimed.
The 400 is part of the 5,300 undocumented Filipinos who undergone RP-PCR test as a health protocol before sending them back to the Philippine the so called “deportation excercise” which will start Wednesday, July 1, 2020 in the port of Sandakan, in Sabah.
Nikko Fabian, RPN DXXX correspondent based in Kota Kinabalu quoting Malaysian and Filipino authorities yesterday, the 400 undocumented Filipinos to be deported were tested negative in the RP-PCR test.
The Philippine government agreed to spend the swabbing of the 5,300 deportees amounting to 1.7 Million Malaysian Ringgit (20 Million Pesos approximately). In return the Malaysian government will shoulder the fare expenses of the all deportees.
Earlier, in Zamboanga IATF Chief Implementer Sec. Carlito Galvez, assure the city government that the Filipino returnees will be swabbed (undergo RP-PCR test) in Sabah prior to their travel to Zamboanga.
The Aleson Shipping lines, which ferries the route Zamboanga-Sandakan failed to leaved the port of Zamboanga last Monday, due to clearances and technical glitch. It left the port of Zamboanga Tuesday afternoon instead and expected to arrive in Sandakan on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 by lunch time.
Fabian quoting health authorities in Sabah, the 400 deportees are “cleared to travel, as their swab test yielded negative” of Covid-19.
Since Thursday, June 25, 2020 the medical team that arrived in Kota Kinabalu, tested all detained undocumented Filipinos ready for deportation, while FIlipino authorities prepared all the travel documents.
Based on the plan the deportees once it arrives in Zamboanga City port will disembark and transported to their respective waiting transportation ready to ferry them to their respective provinces. The one who will remain and be quarantined are deportees whose residence is Zamboanga City.