DFA to repatriate Filipinos in HK allegedly fired amid Covid-19 fears


Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. recommended the repatriation of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) reportedly fired in Hong Kong due to the coronavirus outbreak.

In a twitter post on Monday, Locsin said, "We'll prepare for their repatriation pronto. Deeply disgusted with Hong Kong, which begged us to let domestic workers return to work. I extracted promise from Chinese ambassador (Huang Xilian) that they'd be given same protection from Covid-19 as Hong Kong residents.”

A South China Morning report disclosed a Filipino was among dozens of domestic workers fired due to fear of the coronavirus.

Locsin expressed concern and disappointment over the news as he cited the government's decision to lift the travel ban imposed on Hong Kong and Macau, noting that the Philippines has “done good by Hong Kong.”

However, the Department of Foreign Affairs has yet to release the order.