Palace to Taiwan: Treat Filipino workers decently

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda

Malacanang appealed to the Taiwanese people to treat Filipinos in that country decently in the midst of new tensions triggered by the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman off Batanes last week.There are reports that some Filipino workers in Taiwan were being harassed by some Taiwanese.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said in a press conference in Malacanang on Thursday he believes the reports of harassment were isolated incidents.

“But let me also again appeal to them, to the Taiwanese people, to refrain from hurting or making our Filipino compatriots there as instrument of their anger,” he said.

There are about 42,000 Filipino migrant workers in Taiwan, according to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.

The labor department said it hasn’t received any reports of Filipinos losing their jobs in Taiwan, adding such cases will be handled first by the Manila Economic and Cultural Office.

The justice department said the National Bureau of Investigation would determine what happened at the Philippine-Taiwan border and find out if anyone could be held accountable for the death of the Taiwanese fisherman.  (Malacanang press office)


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