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Cebu Pacific flies home 351 stranded Filipinos from Malaysia

A chartered Cebu Pacific Airbus A330-300 flew back from Kuala Lumpur to the Philippines carrying 351 stranded Filipinos from Malaysia, the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia reported yesterday.

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Out of the 351 passengers, more than half are OFWs and their families while the rest are stranded tourists and students who had a hard time returning back to the Philippines due to the lockdowns and government-imposed flight restrictions amid the covid-19 pandemic.

Photo credits: Philippine Embassy in Malaysia

According to the Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles C. Jose, since the beginning of the spread of the pandemic, the Embassy and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has helped send home 1,082 stranded Filipinos from Malaysia. 

Third mass repatriation flight

According to the Philippine Embassy in Malaysia, this is the third mass repatriation organized together with the DFA using chartered flights funded by the Philippine government. The last two repatriation flights were in April 28 and June 11. The embassy also helped arrange two special flights last April 5 and May 30. 

Photo credits: Philippine Embassy in Malaysia

All repatriated Filipinos will be undergoing mandatory medical tests and procedures at the NAIA.

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