Palace tells public: Avoid traveling to Hong Kong for now
MANILA, Philippines — While the Philippines is not banning the sending of workers to tension-filled Hong Kong, Malacañang Tuesday advised Filipinos to avoid traveling to the Chinese special administrative region.
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo noted that flights to Hong Kong have been canceled as anti-government protesters occupied the administrative region’s international airport.
“The tension is limited to the airport. With respect to going to Hong Kong, this is not the right time to go there because your flight might be canceled,” Panelo said in a press briefing.
“Avoid going there, for now, that’s the advice. You’re not sure whether you’re going to reach Hong Kong in the first place,” he added.
The Hong Kong International Airport canceled all departures last Monday as its operations were seriously disrupted by anti-government protests.
The protesters are opposed to a bill that would have allowed people accused of crimes against mainland China to be extradited.
The bill has been suspended but it did not stop the mass actions by activists who are now demanding the resignation of Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam and an independent probe on alleged police brutality against protesters.