In line with the ongoing rallies that are taking place in Hong Kong, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III reminded the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) not to participate in those mass protests to avoid getting deported.
“Don’t join rallies because if you join there is that possibility of you being deported,” says Bello in an interview. “We have to inform them about that. But if they insist on doing it, we cannot do anything about it. We just give them the advice it’s still up to them if they will join or not,” he added.
Meanwhile, Labor AttacheJaliloDela Torre advised the same thing to OFWs in Hong Kong.
“They know what advice to give to our OFWs there for them to stay away from harm,”Dela Torre added.
It can be recalled that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) advised the Filipinos residing in Hong Kong to ‘exercise extreme caution and vigilance’ in lieu of the ongoing mass protests against the extradition bill.
A massive rally is expected to happen on July 1 starting from Victoria Park in Causeway Bay until the Central Government Offices situated in Admiralty. The mass protest is said to start at 2:30 pm.
Filipinos are advised to avoid these roads as a huge number of people are expected to arrive in these areas.
In Hong Kong, July 1 is a statutory holiday to mark the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.