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Jakarta Post

Indonesian descendants in PH stateless no more

  • Agnes Anya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 4 2018   /  12:14 am

Filipina tour: Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi poses with Indonesian descendants at House of Indonesia in Davao, Philippines, on Wednesday. The minister handed passports to 300 descendants living in the southern Philippines and launched the Philippines-Indonesia cooperation on Islamic education.(Courtesy of Foreign Ministry)Long denied their basic rights because of a lack of proof of citizenship, undocumented Indonesians living in the southern Philippines started to receive passports allowing them to work legally.

Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi presented passports in Davao City to 300 people the ministry described as Persons of Indonesian Descent (PID) from eight provinces in southern Philippines.

“Presenting the passports is the most basic form of the state’s presence for Indonesians abroad,” she said in a media statement.

“A passport is a protection i...