Philippine presidential palace spokesman Salvador Panero said in a statement on November 11 that Philippine President Dutter had ordered an investigation into the death of Chinese citizens in Las Pinas on Friday. The 27-year-old victim, wearing handcuffs, was suspected of being imprisoned by his employer. A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines said just one day before the case occurred that many Chinese citizens were employed illegally in the Philippines by Philippine online gambling companies or physical casinos. Some of them were severely restricted in their personal freedom and were described by the media as modern slaves. China urges relevant Philippine authorities to take effective measures to ban and punish illegal employment of Chinese citizens by relevant gambling companies and crack down on criminal activities against Chinese citizens.
According to the Philippine Star on November 11, before the incident, the murdered Chinese man was suspected to have been handcuffed by an employer from China who was also in debt and locked on the anti-theft window of his office on the 6th floor. Video surveillance showed that the man released his handcuffs from the burglar-proof window around 4 a.m. local time on the 9th, then accidentally fell and fell on the sidewalk while climbing the window to escape. At dawn, he was found dead after being taken to hospital by Filipino workers who routinely inspected buildings.
Ras Pinas City Police Chief Simner said the employers actions in the case had constituted serious illegal detention and would face police charges. Philippine police have not yet fully identified their employers, but they have tracked down potential employees, according to the Philippine News Agency on November 11.
Panello said on November 11 that the Philippine presidential palace is concerned that more and more foreign workers are being coerced, illegally detained and other illegal acts by their compatriots. We should stop these illegal acts and not allow or tolerate any foreigners abusing anyone in the Philippines. Panello urged foreigners in the Philippines, especially Chinese workers, to report their employersviolations of the law to the Philippine authorities in a timely manner. As long as there is no one in this land, no one can be exempt from Philippine law.
According to the Global Times, Panello would not normally respond to previous cases of Chinese kidnapping and coercion in the Philippines. This time, he put forward strict requirements for Philippine police, indicating that the Philippine Presidential Palace attaches more importance to the security situation of Chinese people in the Philippines.
According to local media reports in the Philippines, a large number of Chinese workers work illegally in the Philippines, and most of their employers are Chinese-funded enterprises in the Philippines. According to a preliminary estimate by an interdepartmental working group to assess the offshore gambling business in the Philippines, there are currently about 138,000 Chinese workers in the offshore gambling business in the Philippines alone.
The Chinese Embassy in Philippines said in a talk on the 8th that some Chinese workerspassports were confiscated by Philippine employers, forced to live in fixed places, and some were extorted, even corporal punishment and abuse. Earlier, dozens of cases of Chinese citizens kidnapped and gambled in the Philippines and illegally worked in the Philippine casinos occurred, and some Chinese citizens were even maimed and killed. Philippine National Police Director Ya Touyedi once told Filipino media that unless these crimes were reported to the police, it would be difficult for the Philippine side to intervene.
A Chinese who has worked in the Philippines for many years told Global Times on November 11 that most of the Chinese workers in the gambling industry in the Philippines are young people aged 20 to 30, and their education level is generally not very high. The working environment of the gambling industry is relatively closed. These young people do not know the local situation, and because their industry is in a grey area, they often do not know how to safeguard their rights after being treated unfairly.
A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines said Wednesday that the Chinese government has always asked Chinese citizens abroad to abide by local laws and regulations and not to allow illegal employment abroad. China urges the Philippines to effectively strengthen law enforcement cooperation with China and jointly combat gambling-related criminal activities.
According to ABS-CBN TV in the Philippines, Philippine Ambassador to China Romana said earlier that the Philippine government has cooperated with China on illegal Chinese workers in the Philippines and is ready to jointly combat related crimes.
On August 4, the Chinese Embassy in Philippines also issued a statement reminding Chinese citizens not to come to Philippines to engage in online gambling. It called a series of problems caused by the proliferation of Philippine local online gambling companies and the large number of illegally hired Chinese citizens coming to Philippines to engage in related work a major public hazard in local society. The embassy reminds Chinese citizens to avoid being lured by intermediaries and abide by Philippine immigration laws and regulations. It is against our law that Chinese citizens organize outbound gambling and use the Internet to open casinos, which will be the focus of attack by Chinese police in the next stage. Relevant personnel are advised to recognize the situation and correct evil.
Source: Global Times Responsible Editor: Xun Jianguo_NN7379