Manila – The Republic of the Philippines Express that they are ready to take in thousands of migrants who are stranded on Asia’s water, the first country to offer shelter after its neighbours in south east asia blocked them from entering.
a signatory to the United Nation’s refugee convention, said it would help as it denied a local report claiming that the Philippines planned to push back boats carrying over eight thousand people fleeing persecution in Burma and poverty in Bangladesh
Malacanang Spokesman Herminio Coloma said The Philippines has extended humanitarian assistance to … ‘boat people’ and had even established a processing centre for Vietnamese travellers in the 70s
Philippines continue to do share in saving lives under existing and long-standing mechanisms pursuant to our commitments under the [UN] convention.
It would be a long and unlikely journey for the migrants who are believed to be in the region of the Andaman Sea to make it to the Philippines on their rickety boats with little food and fuel. coloma added
While Philippines is ready to take the thousand Migrants the Malaysia, Indonesia and thailand have turned away boats, despite the UN’s warning against the Vessel of the migrants from Bangladesh and Burma