Palace urges PNP to expedite probe on death of Chinese national

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 11 2019 10:38 AM

MANILA - Malacañang on Sunday urged police to expedite its investigation into the death of a handcuffed Chinese national who fell from the sixth floor of a building in Las Piñas.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Philippine National Police (PNP) is also tracking down the supervisor of the victim who made him a prisoner.

"The Palace is concerned with growing reports that foreign workers in the country are being subjected to coercion, illegal detention and other violations of law even by their own countrymen while in the Philippines," Panelo said in a statement.

"We need to put a stop to these illegal acts. We will not allow nor tolerate any kind of abuse inflicted on any foreigner whether sojourning or working in this country, whether done by their fellow nationals or by our own citizens."

China's Embassy in Manila earlier called on the Filipino government to "punish" casinos and Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGOs) that illegally employ Chinese workers.

Panelo again urged foreign workers to report employers who violate Philippine laws.

"No one is exempted from the strict enforcement of our laws of the land," he said.

Malacañang earlier said Chinese nationals who allegedly suffered from abuse while working in the Philippines should file complaints before local authorities.

The Philippines and China have launched a joint crackdown on alleged crimes against Chinese workers in Manila, according to Philippine Ambassador Chito Sta. Romana.