MANILA – China urges the Philippines to protect the rights of Chinese citizens who were either staying or working in the country in light of a handcuffed Chinese national who was found dead in Las Piñas City last week.
The Chinese Embassy called the relevant departments to bring to justice the employer of the victim Yang Kang, who jumped from a sixth floor window of his work office last Friday.
“The Chinese embassy urged relevant departments of the Philippine government to bring the perpetrators to justice through an objective, fair and thorough investigation, and continue to take concrete and effective measures to protect the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens in the Philippines,” it said.
“The Chinese embassy highly appreciates the Palace’s call to put a stop to these illegal acts, as well as the commitment to protecting the safety of Chinese citizens in the Philippines,” it added.
It said China respects the country’s laws and regulations regarding the employment of foreign nationals, and acknowledged that Chinese nationals “should not stay or work illegally in foreign countries including the Philippines.”
The Chinese embassy admitted that many of their citizens, who were subjected to abuse by their employers, have been illegally recruited and hired for Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGO) and Philippine casinos.
“Any form of gambling by Chinese citizens, including online gambling, gambling overseas, opening and operating casinos overseas to attract citizens of China as primary customers, is illegal,” it said./PN