Hong Kong mulls scrapping visa-free entry for Filipinos

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HONG KONG’S Legislative Council is set to deliberate on a proposal to cancel the visa-free entry for Filipinos, according to Manila Councilor Bernardito Ang.

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Ang went to Hong Kong to deliver an apology from the city of Manila for the killing of Hong Kong tourists during a hostage-taking incident in 2010.

During Ang’s nine-day-visit, some HK legislators brought the issue of scrapping the visa-free entry for Filipinos in an attempt to pressure President Benigno Aquino 3rd to apologize for the bungled hostage rescue operation that resulted in the death of eight Hong Kong tourists.

An article posted by the South China Morning Post (SCMP) on Monday said that HK Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok “would address the question of whether to scrap visa-free entry for Filipinos after Wednesday’s Legislative Council debate on the Manila hostage tragedy.”

HK lawmaker and former Security secretary Regina Ip called for the scrapping of the visa-free access for Filipinos as an amendment to pan-democrat Albert Chan’s motion seeking sanctions against the Philippine government.

Lai, however, said that he had to listen to legislators’ opinions first before making any statement about the issue.

According to Ang, the Philippines is the most hated government in HK based on a surveys conducted there in June.

He said that HK officials want Aquino to apologize for the lapses of government officials during the rescue attempt.

“There is no result but at least there’s a dialogue. We will continue to talk. It’s not true that we failed. It’s an ongoing thing,” Ang said.

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