Palace urges ‘abused’ Chinese workers: ‘Come forward, file raps’

MANILA Chinese nationals allegedly abused in the Philippines should come forward and file a formal complaint against their employers, MalacaAang said Thursday.

This is in response to the Chinese Embassy in Manila's call on the government to punish gaming firms illegally recruiting and subjecting Chinese nationals to abuse in the country.

"My suggestion then is they should file a formal complaint so that this particular concern will be raised in the appropriate agencies of the government. So we can properly respond," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a press briefing.

The official explained that the Philippine government has to determine the basis of the concern to properly respond to it.

"How can you respond to something you do not even know of? There has to be a complaint. That's why we are urging them to do it," he said, referring to the victims.

Meanwhile, he assured that the government will not allow any violation of their rights as visitors or working foreigners in this country.

"We certainly have the Constitution to guide government authorities in dealing with them. We will not allow any abuse on any foreign visitor or worker in this country from our own countrymen we have laws. We have always to enforce the law," he said.

The Embassy admitted that most of the concerned Chinese nationals were illegally recruited to the Philippines.

It said that "some Chinese citizens are even lured into and cheated to work illegally with only tourist visas." (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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