Palace: No deployment ban yet to Hong Kong

Malacañang on Tuesday said there is no deployment ban yet to Hong Kong amid the violent anti-government protests there.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III was still studying whether to implement a temporary deployment ban to the bustling Asian city, which hosts thousands of Filipino workers.

“Sabi ni Secretary Bello, mino-monitor nila. Ang protocol nila ngayon is they are asking the Filipinos there to avoid those places kung saan merong protest, marches, para hindi sila madamay. May nadamay na ngang isa, ‘di ba?” Panelo said at a news conference.

“Palagi tayong concerned. You know, the President will always be concerned when the safety of our countrymen is at stake.”

Last Saturday, Hong Kong authorities arrested a Filipino who was just passing by the street where a protest action was taking place. He has since been released from detention after posting bail.

Protests against a proposed bill that would allow people to be extradited to stand trial in mainland China have grown increasingly violent, with police accused of excessive use of force and failing to protect protesters from suspected gang attacks.

The protests against a now suspended extradition bill have widened to demand greater democracy and the resignation of Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, who maintained she has no plans to quit her post. Source: RSJ, GMA News

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