Malacañang yesterday advised Filipinos to avoid traveling to Hong Kong for now, following flight cancellations in its main airport due to anti-government protests.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said reports on flight cancellations should serve as basis that it is not the right time to visit Hong Kong.
“Perhaps because of the travel ban, if you want to go to Hong Kong, this is not the right time to go there because your flight might be canceled,” Panelo said in a Palace briefing.
“For now avoid going there, that’s the advice. Because you’re not sure whether you’re going to reach Hong Kong, in the first place,” he added.
Despite the unrest, Panelo said the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has not issued a deployment ban of Filipino workers there.
Secretary Bello said that there won’t be a deployment ban for the meantime,” Panelo said.
The Palace spokesperson said that since the protest is “limited” to the airport, the DOLE will continue to monitor the situation in Hong Kong.
“There are protests in the airport. But that’s just in the airport. The protests in the airport are limited,” Panelo said.
On Monday, all flights in and out of Hong Kong were cancelled due to protests at the Hong Kong International Airport.
The airport is also keeping close contact with airlines to try to resume operation as soon as possible.
The protests were sparked by an extradition bill which critics believe would violate the territory's autonomy.
Earlier, the Department of Foreign Affairs advised Filipinos to stay alert and avoid areas of protest in Hong Kong.*PNA
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