Duterte prioritizes Filipino workers over Chinese – Palace

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the Philippines has strict immigration and labor policies in place for foreign workers. PCOO

MANILA – Malacañang assured the public that President Rodrigo Duterte “always” prioritizes Filipino workers over Chinese. This after a recent survey showed that majority of Filipinos are worried over the increasing number of Chinese nationals working in the country.
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the country has strict immigration and labor policies in place for foreign workers while adding that the Chinese have “seamlessly assimilated in the Filipino way of life for centuries.”
“The Filipino people are assured that this administration is strict in enforcing the law, especially those pertaining to our immigration and labor policies,” Panelo said in a statement.
“The President, as always, will prioritize the interests of the Filipino people and our local labor force,” he added.
The Social Weather Stations survey showed that 70 percent of adult Filipinos are worried about the rising number of foreign Chinese workers in the country. Of the said figure, 31 percent are “worried a great deal” while 39 percent are “somewhat worried.”
Panelo, however, said that the outcome of the latest SWS survey is no longer surprising given that questioning was done with the assumption that “there exists a cause of worry.”
The SWS survey result came out just days after President Duterte warned offshore gaming operators, which mostly employ Chinese nationals, to settle their dues with the Philippine government./PN

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