Manila vows help to Filipinos affected by HK demonstrations

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The Philippine consulate in Hong Kong is ready to extend assistance to Filipinos who will be affected by the mass actions there, the Palace said on Saturday.

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The government again reiterated its warning to Filipinos not to participate in the protest rallies.

In a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte reiterated the call of Bernardita Catalla, the country’s Consul General in Hong Kong, for Filipinos to avoid rally areas to ensure their safety.

Valte said the situation in Hong Kong is becoming more tense as pro-democracy groups clash with “anti-occupy” protesters.

“We continue to coordinate and to keep our lines of communication open with the Filipino community because our consulate there in Hong Kong will be ready to render assistance should there be any instance na kailangan po ito,” she said.

Valte also warned that Filipinos working in Hong Kong may run into trouble if they join the protests.

The Philippine government has not issued any travel advisory but she said tourists should be aware of their surroundings once they are in Hong Kong.

PNA

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