31.2 C
Friday, February 28, 2020
Home News Top Stories Palace: No deployment ban on OFWs to HK yet

Palace: No deployment ban on OFWs to HK yet


Malacañang on Tuesday said the government was still studying a possible ban on the deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) to Hong Kong, in light of political unrest in China’s Special Administrative Region.

A protester blocks the MTR underground train from closing as protesters blocked the train doors at Fortress Hill station in Hong Kong on August 5, 2019 in their efforts to disrupt the morning rush hour commute. AFP PHOTO

The statement came after Hong Kong authorities arrested a Filipino who happened to pass by protesters while wearing a black shirt, which was associated with the resistance movement calling for pro-democratic reforms.

Speaking to reporters, Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd was closely monitoring and evaluating the situation in Hong Kong to determine if a temporary ban on labor deployment was warranted.

“Sabi ni Secretary Bello mino-monitor nila. Ang protocol nila ngayon (Secretary Bello said he was monitoring it. Their protocol for now) is they are asking the Filipinos there to avoid there those places, kung saan merong (where there are) protests, marches, para hindi sila madamay. Eh may nadamay na ngang isa (so that they will not be involved. There’s already one who got involved),” Panelo told reporters.

“Wala naman, walang deployment ban. Pinag-aaralan niya raw, ‘yan ang sabi niya (There’s no deployment ban for now. He’s still studying it, that’s what he [Bello] said),” he added.

There are more than 400,000 documented Filipino workers in Hong Kong, according to the Labor department.

The Department of Foreign Affairs earlier issued alert levels to evaluate threats in certain locations.

The Hong Kong protests have been ongoing for five straight days and nine consecutive weeks since the government shelved a controversial bill that would have allowed extraditing Hong Kong fugitives to China.

This, however, spurred more violent demonstrations, calling out the autonomous region’s “dysfunctional” government.

The Philippine consulate in Hong Kong shuttered its operations on Monday afternoon as the strike hobbled the city.

An advisory from the consulate said all passport appointments and other transactions scheduled for Monday would be accommodated any time during business hours on Tuesday and in the following days.

Bacolod City CIDG chief jailed for robbery-extortion

THE chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Bacolod City was arrested for robbery-extortion, police reported on Friday. Col. Ronald Lee, chief...

Duterte bans vaping in public places

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has issued an executive order (EO) against vaping in public and prohibited the manufacture and sale of unregistered and adulterated electronic...

1 dead, 1 hurt at Makati restaurant shooting

A man, identified as Chinese, was shot dead, while another was injured at a restaurant in Makati City on Thursday evening Police identified the fatality...

Local airlines maintain flights to virus-hit South Korea

FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines (PAL) on Thursday said it still maintained the same number of regular flights to and from South Korea despite the...

Earth captures new ‘mini moon’

BIG NEWS (thread 1/3). Earth has a new temporarily captured object/Possible mini-moon called 2020 CD3. On the night of Feb. 15, my Catalina Sky...

Today’s Front Page February 28, 2020

Today’s Front Page February 28, 2020