A deployment ban is possible following the ongoing unrest in Hong Kong, according to Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III.
“I’m meeting the OFW organization today and find out kung ano ang kanilang position dun sa possible deployment ban because that is under consideration by the POEA (Philippine Overseas Employment Administration),” says Secretary Bello in an interview.
Bello also said that the labor department is planning to consult the matter to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) regarding the possible deployment ban.
“Kasi sila ang nagdedeklara ng alert level,” Bello said.
The government is currently monitoring the situation in Hong Kong following the arrest of an OFW who was just walking around the area where a rally is taking place.
The HK police alleged that the OFW is participating in the rally when he was actually just walking back to his home when the arrest happened.
“Fortunately naman he is well assisted by two lawyers. One given..nungmga OFW association at isa naman galing sa DFA,” says Bello.
Furthermore, Bello echoed, once again, a warning to avoid places where rallies are being held to avoid similar incidents.
According to reports, the OFW was released from jail after paying the bail. Currently the Hong Kong police already arrested 20 people in line with the ongoing rallies in the city.