Labor chief denies deployment ban in HK amid fake news

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The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said that it has not ordered a mandatory repatriation or deployment ban for Filipino workers in Hong Kong amidst protests, on Sunday.

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the Department of Foreign Affairs has not raise the alert level that would immediately mandate repatriation of Filipinos in Hong Kong.

“Right now there is no communication from the DFA and even from the consulate of Hong Kong regarding the possibility of repatriation, either voluntary or mandatory. We are in close coordination with the DFA for any development,” Bello insisted.

Bello cleared speculations amid the spread of misinformation on social media posts. He pushed the public to trust reliable news advisories and the Philippine Consulate.

“I urge the public to ignore this fake news on the internet. For those spreading it, please stop and let us not aggravate the situation and endanger our OFWs (overseas Filipino workers). We should help our OFWs there by not giving them false news about [mandatory] repatriation,” he added.

On the other hand, the Philippine consulate advised OFW’s in Hong Kong to stay indoors and avoid wearing black or white to prevent being mistaken as protesters.

Lastly, Filipino tourists are advised to reschedule their trips to Hong Kong.