Palace: Spare our workers in Hong Kong
By Thea Alberto
Yahoo! Southeast Asia
The Palace is concerned about the situation surrounding Filipino workers in Hong Kong after receiving reports that a Filipina maid had lost her job after Monday’s tragic hostage crisis in Manila.
“May incidental reports na pinapaconfirm pa namin that a Filipina maid was fired by her employers in Hong Kong because of what happened [We're still trying to confirm reports that a Filipino maid was fired by her employers because of what happened],” said Presidential Communications Group Development Secretary Ricky Carandang in a press conference.
“We understand the anger and the dismay of the people of Hong Kong but at the same time also we don’t think that it’s right our ordinary citizens who had nothing to do with this should be paying the price,” said Carandang.
Based on statistics from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, there were at least 100,142 Filipinos working in Hong Kong in 2009.
From 2003, more than half a million Filipinos have found jobs in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is listed as the top working destination for “Household Service Workers” with at least 71,557 new hires in 2009.
Malacanang is also verifying reports of physical threats against Filipinos residing or working in Hong Kong.
Philippine government might also attempt to secure Filipinos there, according to the government spokesperson.
The Hong Kong government earlier raised a “black” travel alert for the Philippines, urging its residents to avoid any travel to the Philippines.
Hong Kong residents were outraged over the slow response of the Philippine authorities in the rescue, in which the police took 12 hours to neutralize the hostage taker Rolando Mendoza.
Some tweets are now demanding apology from the Philippine government.
@xiao_c, for instance, has retweeted this: “@newsinchina Philippine GOV，we chinese need your apologize for 9 HK tourists killed yesterday. If u agree,pls RT.”
Another Twitter user @newsinchina, meanwhile, urged Chinese users to launch a protest on the popular social networking service. “If we Chinese tweeps launch the protest to Philippine via twitter,they will feel the pressure. pls RT! #MANILA,” the user wrote.
Reposted From Thea Alberto Of Yahoo! Southeast Asia