Former HK exec slammed for urging domestic workers to snitch on employers in protests

Jan Yumul, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 30 2019 06:26 PM | Updated as of Oct 30 2019 06:53 PM

University students wearing Guy Fawkes masks pose for a photoshoot of a graduation ceremony to support anti-government protests at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, in Hong Kong Tyrone Siu, Reuters

HONG KONG - A Filipino migrant worker support organization slammed former Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying over a Facebook post that appeared to be urging foreign domestic workers to report employers suspected of supporting anti-government demonstrations in exchange for money and other incentives.

On his verified Facebook account, the former Hong Kong leader shared a photo of a 'crime report form' which encourages helpers to report employers who keep prohibited items, such as petrol bombs, slingshots, batons as well as helmets, gas masks and goggles. 

Eman Villanueva, vice-chairperson of the Filipino Migrant Workers' Union slammed Hong Kong's former leader for putting domestic workers in a "dangerous position."

"Very irresponsible. Irresponsible siya kasi sa ginawa niyang iyan, nalalagay sa mga migrant domestic workers sa isang dangerous and vulnerable na position. Dangerous kasi tinuturuan niya to commit illegal acts," said Villanueva in an interview with ABS-CBN News. 

He said doing this violates the conditions of stay for migrant workers, and could also be seen as a breach of trust and privacy.

"Tinuturuan niya mag-spy ang mga domestic workers sa kanilang employer. Police nga 'di pwedeng pumasok sa bahay unless they have a warrant," said Villanueva.

(He is encouraging domestic workers to spy on their employers. Even the police can't enter a house unless they have a warrant).

Villanueva said this could also create animosity between the migrant workers' community and the people of Hong Kong.

Consul General Raly Tejada declined to comment on the former Hong Kong leader's Facebook post.

ABS-CBN News has reached out to Leung's office, and Hong Kong's Office of the Privacy Commissioner for Personal Data. They have yet to reply as of posting. 

Marites Palma, founder of the Social Justice for Migrant Workers Facebook group, meanwhile advises migrant workers to stay away from protests areas.