Burma Times Desk Report: May 20, 2015
The Philippines is ready to take in thousands of migrants who are stranded on Asia’s seas, according to reports in the international media.
As a result Philippines is the first country in the region to offer shelter after Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand blocked them from entering.
It is unclear if the migrants can make it to the shores of the country in their rickety boats without fuel and food.
The declaration by the government of Philippines have however raised hopes and invited gratitude from the beleaguered Rohingya community.
“The Philippines has extended humanitarian assistance to … ‘boat people’ and had even established a processing centre for Vietnamese travellers in the 70s,” said Herminio Coloma, a spokesman for the president, Benigno Aquino.
“We shall continue to do our share in saving lives under existing and long-standing mechanisms pursuant to our commitments under the [UN] convention.”