Protests are everywhere in Hong Kong prompting the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to release another advisory for Filipino workers in the country to stay indoors.
It can be recalled that a Filipina was fell unconscious after inhaling tear gas fumes while at a park in HK. In another incident, the Filipina man who was accused of participating in anti-government rallies will be facing more charges.
According to the Labor Department, OFWs residing in Hong Kong must “stay cautious and vigilant in the face of escalating protests and public disruptions in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.”
“Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III received fresh reports of series of protest actions resulting in disruptions in public transport and business activities in various parts of the region.”
Secretary Bello also advised the Filipinos in Hong Kong to avoid wearing black and white colored shirts when outside the streets so they will not be mistaken as one of the protesters.
Information supplied by the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong states that protests will be held in areas like:
- Tsim Sha Tsui Police Station (October 10);
- New Town Plaza Shatin (October 12);
- Victoria Park and Edinburgh Place (October 13);
- Edinburgh Place and Chater Garden (October 14);
- Resumption of Legislative Council (October 16);
- The Riverpark Tai Wai to Shatin (October 20);
- Yuen Long MTR Station (October 21);
- Tamar Park Admiralty (October 26); and
- Prince Edward MTR Station (October 31).
It was June this year when protests in Hong Kong started over the controversial extradition bill. In the said bill, suspected criminals will have to go to China for their trial.
Meanwhile, the Duterte administration said that they will “hands off” from this political crisis and instead, focus on implementing protection of more than 150,000 Filipino workers in the country.