MALACAÑANG on Sunday urged the Philippine National Police to look into the death of a Chinese who fell from the sixth floor of his office building in Pamplona Dos, Las Piñas City.
“We ask the Philippine National Police, which is seriously looking into the matter, including tracking down the supervisor of the victim who allegedly made the former a prisoner, to treat the case with dispatch,” said Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo in a statement.
Yang Kang, 27, fell to his death on Friday after trying to escape from his employer. Reports said he was handcuffed to a window grill for allegedly failing to settle his debts.
Authorities have yet to identify the employer.
Panelo said Malacañang was concerned with the rising incidents of foreign workers in the country being subjected to coercion, illegal detention and other violations of law even by their own countrymen.
“We need to put a stop to these illegal acts. We will not allow or tolerate any kind of abuse inflicted on any foreigner, whether sojourning or working in this country, whether done by their fellow nationals or by our own citizens,” Panelo said.
Philippine Ambassador to China Chito Sta. Romana said the two countries had launched a joint crackdown on crimes against Chinese workers in the Philippines.
Nationals from other countries were urged to report to the authorities any act performed by their employers in violation of any law.