MANILA- The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reminded on Friday Filipinos traveling to Hong Kong to ensure that they are not carrying restricted items in their luggage.
Among the restricted items that Filipinos should not bring are personal defense weapons such as stun guns, pepper spray, tear gas, extendable batons, flick knives, and knuckledusters, the DFA said.
Unlicensed possession of the said restricted items is punishable by a fine of HK$100,000 or around P663,000 and a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment.
The DFA issued the reminder after the Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong reported the arrest of a transiting Filipino student after airport authorities found two extendable batons in his check-in luggage.
The student, who was bound for Canada, was held last Jan. 8 but was released Friday through the help of Philippine authorities, the DFA said.